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JD Dual Degree
Dual Degree

J.D./M.A., Law and Diplomacy

The School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall School of Law offer a joint degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations and Juris Doctor. The joint degree presents a unique opportunity for students to combine legal training with a thorough understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics of international affairs. In a competitive job market, joint degree recipients possess the training and expertise that make them stand out. The program may be completed in four years and one summer, rather than the five years usually required for the separate completion of both degrees.


Diplomacy and International Relations Component (30 credits)

  • DIPL 6000 - International Relations Theory
  • DIPL 6001 or DIPL 6180 - Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or Comparative Foreign Policy
  • DIPL 6002 or DIPL 6004 - International Organizations or Peacemaking and Peacekeeping
  • DIPL 6105 or DIPL 6155 - International Political Economy or Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations
  • DIPL 6104 or DIPL 6130 - Art and Science of International Negotiation or International Security
  • DIPL 7111 - Internship*
  • DIPL XXXX - Diplomacy Electives

*A student with a clerkship may substitute a Diplomacy elective for the internship requirement.

Law Component (88 credits)
As part of their Law School coursework, students must complete the following requirements:

  • International Legal Studies Group (12 credits)
  • Independent Research (2 credits - WRTG 9142) or a second Advanced Writing Requirement course drawn from the International Legal Studies Group.


Students must submit separate applications to both Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall Law and must be accepted for admission to each school. Students should indicate on each application that they wish to be considered for the JD/MA joint degree program.

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Candidates should complete the primary application information, attach a current resume and statement of purpose. Additional documents, including letters of recommendation, LSAT scores and transcripts will be extracted from the Law School application. Please contact Catherine Ruby, Assistant Dean to Graduate Enrollment Management, at [email protected] or (973) 275-2142, upon completion of your application to Seton Hall Law, and with any additional questions about the School of Diplomacy.

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Please contact the Seton Hall Law Admissions Office at (973) 642-8687 with questions.

Only one application fee is required; students can request an application fee waiver for the School of Diplomacy portion of the application.

Application/Enrollment Options

  • JD/MA candidates who are accepted to both programs concurrently must enroll only in law courses during the first year of studies and enroll in a combination of law/diplomacy courses thereafter.
  • Students who enroll in the MA stand-alone program are eligible to apply for the JD/MA program during their first year of studies.  If admitted to the JD program, candidates must enroll only in law courses for the following year and resume enrollment in a combination of law/diplomacy courses thereafter.
  • Students who enroll in the JD stand-alone program first are eligible to apply for the JD/MA program during the first year of law studies.
  • Students must be in good academic standing in their program of initial enrollment (JD or MA) in order to receive consideration for the joint degree program.  


The faculty in our internationally recognized research and teaching programs are committed to guiding students to success. Seton Hall is a Catholic University where great thinkers do more than think. They teach.

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Jane Cohen
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy
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Hussein Ibrahim
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Tatsushi Arai
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy
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Brandon Valeriano
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About the School of Diplomacy

Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international relations and practice diplomacy firsthand. Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the United Nations Foundation, students are exposed to today's leaders and policymakers.

Students from around the world come together to participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, international economics and leadership. Our distinguished faculty brings essential theories and practical perspectives to the classroom. With a growing network of alumni working in the field of international relations, the School is strengthening international institutions by contributing well-prepared and talented diplomatic professionals.

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