J.D./M.A. in Law and Preservation Studies
Historic preservation is both a popular movement and a specialized field. Although it may once have represented only an informal, private decision by the owner of an individual building, historic preservation now involves individuals, private agencies, and various government units in the complex issues of zoning, financing, and community planning.
Through a program that was the first of its kind in the country, Boston University is playing a significant role in educating preservation professionals. An interdisciplinary program involving both the School of Law and the American & New England Studies Program of the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences allows students to complete both programs in seven semesters, instead of the nine semesters it would take if the two degrees were pursued independently.