Small by design, our degrees produce astute and confident lawyers broadly educated in the skills, traditions, and ethics of practice.


In the first year, you’re assigned to a group of 40 students with whom you share all your classes. (There’s one exception—Legal Research and Writing, where you are in a class of only 20 students.) This approach fosters close relationships with students and professors. During this year you’ll cover the basic principles of Anglo-American jurisprudence. In the second and third years, only a few required courses remain. The rest of your coursework will be electives drawn from a wide array of courses, seminars, and clinical experiences. More

JD/MA in Bioethics

Under the auspices of the Wake Forest University School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the dual Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Bioethics (JD/MA in Bioethics) degree program facilitates interdisciplinary and comparative study of law and bioethics and serves as excellent preparation for work in health law and policy. Students are able to earn two advanced degrees in as little as 3.5 years.

JD/MA in Religious Studies

The JD/MA in Religion program facilitates an interdisciplinary and comparative study of law and religion and encourages students whose academic or career interests require gaining competence in both disciplines. More

JD/MA in Sustainability

The Wake Forest University School of Law and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) have designed the JD/MA in Sustainability to provide students a pathway for succeeding in professional roles where legal scholarship and practice intersect with sustainability. More


Offered as a concurrent-degree by the School of Law and the School of Business, the Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration (JD & MBA) program allows you to combine the three-year law curriculum and the two-year business curriculum to complete both degrees in four years. More


The JD/MDiv program promotes an interdisciplinary conversation between religion and law, provides a different vocational perspective not found in the single law or divinity concentration, and enriches the professional knowledge and experience of students who want to pursue careers in law or divinity. More

LLM in American Law

The LLM Program is designed for international lawyers and students who wish to enhance their legal careers by studying the laws of the United States for one year. The program offers small classes that include American JD and LLM students together to prepare students to return to their home countries, well-versed in American Law. The curriculum consists of requirements, which provide the basics of American jurisprudence while still encouraging students to pursue their individual interests through research and elective coursework. More

Master of Studies in Law

For the experienced, nonlawyer professional seeking the legal tools and framework needed to navigate risk, compliance, and regulation in today’s rapidly changing legal environment, our 100% online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is flexible and immediately relevant. Each course is uniquely designed for the MSL program by world-renowned Wake Forest Law faculty in collaboration with industry experts to ensure practical workplace application. Our Master’s Degree (30 credits) and Graduate Certificates (12 credits) provide focus in dedicated professional tracks: Business Law & Compliance, Health Law & Policy, and Human Resources. The MSL experience enhances skills, advances careers, and brings immediate relevance and value to your work — and beyond.


The S.J.D. (Scientiae Juridicae Doctor) degree is designed for scholars and teachers of law and is most often obtained by international attorneys who are pursuing academic or high ranking governmental careers in their home countries. More

Two-Year JD for International Lawyers

The Two-Year J.D. for International Lawyers degree is designed for students who have received their legal education outside of the U.S. and who are interested in pursuing a J.D. degree. More