JD/MA in Sustainability Dual Degree

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

Students with the dual Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Sustainability (JD/MA) degree will expand their potential workforce networks, deepen their knowledge base, and cultivate leadership skills. Attorneys seeking to work in a sustainability-related practice area will benefit greatly from foundational knowledge gained through coursework focusing on energy, environmental and sustainability-related studies. Students are able to earn two advanced degrees in as little as three years.

Students must notify the law school of their intention to pursue a dual degree before undertaking the program by completing the Notice of Intention to Pursue a Dual Degree Form.


Candidates for the JD/MA in Sustainability dual degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, following the admissions’ requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a dual degree. A joint committee consisting of faculty and staff both from the School of Law and the Sustainability Graduate Programs will make the final determination about an applicant’s suitability for the dual degree.

Wake Forest students already enrolled in the JD program are encouraged to apply in the spring semester of their first year. Current students may apply after this time, but completion of the program will not follow the traditional three-year plan of study. Wake Forest students already enrolled in the School of Law JD degree program who decide to pursue the dual degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and LSAT scores.


Law School Requirements

When undertaken as part of the joint JD/MA in Sustainability program, the JD degree requires completion of 78 hours of law course work including the degree requirements prescribed by the law school for graduation.

Academic Advising

Students will be provided a faculty adviser from each school to help guide them through the program and its curriculum. To make the most of the degree program, students will meet with both advisers at least once during each semester.