Partner School: College of Communication

Program Length: 7 semesters

The growth of new communications technologies has created a need for lawyers with special training in the technological, marketing, and legal changes brought about by a wide spectrum of new media. Recognizing the dramatic impact of these changes, the School of Law and the College of Communication offer a unique program that allows students to acquire a law degree and a master’s degree in mass communication, in only three-and-a-half years—one year less than if each degree were pursued separately.

Potential employment opportunities for graduates of the program include in-house counsel positions for communications technologies companies, service with government agencies concerned with communications law, and positions with private law firms having a communications law practice. The program also provides a solid grounding for future journalists who wish to report on legal affairs.

Program Requirements

Required Law School Courses (4)

  • Administrative Law: LAW JD 801
  • Antitrust Law: LAW JD 838

Suggested School of Law courses:

  • Copyright Law: LAW JD 952
  • Corporate Finance: LAW JD 985
  • Corporations: LAW JD 816
  • Federal Courts: LAW JD 836
  • Intellectual Property: LAW JD 857
  • Introduction to Federal Income Taxation: LAW JD 889
  • Local Government Law: LAW JD 800
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders: LAW JD 887
  • Uniform Commercial Code: LAW BK 972

Required College of Communication Courses (8)

  • Computers in Communication: COM CM 510
  • Contemporary Mass Communication: COM CM 704
  • New Communication Technologies: COM CM 514
  • Writing for Media Professionals: COM CM 707
  • Four Electives

Additional Requirements

Master’s thesis or professional project.

It is possible to satisfy both the LAW Upperclass Writing Requirement and the COM thesis requirement with one paper if the paper is of sufficient magnitude. Prior approval must be obtained from the student’s advisors at both the School of Law and the College of Communication.

Admissions Requirements

Students must separately apply to, and be accepted by, both the School of Law and the College of Communication (COM). Ordinarily, students apply to the College of Communication before or during their first year of law school, and begin the MS program part time during their second year of law school.

College of Communication Admissions Requirements:

One essay (must be new)
May use Law School recommendations
LSAT score

Contact Information

T. Barton Carter, Professor, Communication & Law
College of Communication

Gerry Muir, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
School of Law