Academic Programs

J.D./M.D. in Law and Medicine

This six-year program is designed for students interested in both medicine and the legal aspects of medicine.  It links the M.D. degree with intensive training in the law and provides a full J.D. education with an additional focus in the health sector. Completion of the law degree will prepare graduates of the dual degree program for careers in health law practice, as well as healthcare systems and healthcare policy, in both government and private sectors. Graduates of the program will also gain the qualifications to practice law and/or medicine, depending on their career direction.

 

Program Requirements

The M.D./J.D. program is conducted under the joint auspices of the School of Medicine and the School of Law. Students complete the first three years on the medical school curriculum and then spend their fourth and fifth year fully integrated into the J.D. program at the School of Law. During these two years, they complete most of their J.D. education. In the sixth year, students complete their remaining medical courses and J.D. credits.

To earn both degrees, students must successfully complete the required classroom and clinical coursework for the M.D. and the required coursework for the J.D. Students must earn the grade of Pass or Honor in all M.D. courses and achieve a final grade point average of 2.3 (on a scale of 4.0) in their J.D. courses.

Students pay tuition to the school at which they are completing credits, in accordance with that school's standard rates. Thusly, they pay tutition to the School of Medicine for the first three years and the fall semester of the sixth year. Tuition is due to the School of Law during the fourth and fifth years, as well as spring semester of the sixth year.

 

Admissions Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the M.D./J.D. program are the same as the traditional M.D. program plus the requirements for the J.D. program. Students will submit separate applications to both the medical school and the law school.  Applicants should attach a letter to both the School of Medicine and the School of Law stating that they are applying to the combined M.D./J.D. program.  It is also possible for students to apply for the M.D./J.D. program after they have begun medical school.  Interested students should contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the School of Law and/or Dr. Megan Sandel, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine. 

Students pay tuition to—and thus will be eligible for financial aid from—the School of Law during the semesters they are completing credits in the J.D. program (years 4 and 5 and the spring semester of year 6). For more information, please contact the Financial Aid office at 617.353.3160 or bulawaid@bu.edu.