The Master of Arts in International Relations & Juris Doctor (IRJD) dual degree program prepares students for careers in national governments or international agencies, international negotiation, and human rights organizations. Students complete the JD through coursework in the School of Law (LAW), where they devote four of their electives to classes in international and/or comparative law. Pardee School coursework in international relations complements students’ law skills by enabling them to develop regional or thematic expertise.

Students in the program typically receive both degrees in three-and-a-half years. The first year is devoted entirely to the JD; the second and third years are divided between the two degrees; the final term consists of finishing the MA program.

The IR MA & Juris Doctor is a joint offering of the Pardee School of Global Studies and the School of Law. Candidates must submit applications to both Pardee and BU School of Law separately; only candidates who have admission to both programs can enroll in the dual degree program.