The Program in Race, Law, and History recognizes that students take various routes to becoming scholars in law and history. Among our graduates are those who elected legal history courses during their JD studies, others who designated law as their cognate field during PhD study, and still others who returned to academia after professional lives in legal practice and the teaching of history.

We also have advised students whose ambitions were always framed in terms of receiving a JD and PhD during a single course of study. At the University of Michigan, such students have successfully crafted programs tailored to their intellectual interests, alternating their studies between the Law School and the Rackham Graduate School with the advice of faculty and administrators.

The Race, Law, and History Program is not a degree-granting or admitting program at the University of Michigan; nor does it independently administer an academic program of study. 

It is possible, however, to pursue a dual JD/PhD in Law and History at Michigan. For the dual degree in Law and History, the candidate applies separately to each of the two units, either simultaneously or in sequential years, and graduates with both the JD and the PhD degree. 

Over the course of their studies, in consultation with faculty, they craft an individual program to fulfill the requirements for each of the two component degrees. Students doing the dual degree are encouraged to use several courses in Law as part of their cognate training for the History degree, and to count some History courses toward the Law degree, which can shorten the total time to degree. 

Please note: A dual degree of this kind is distinct from a joint degree conferred by an existing joint program, such as the U-M program in anthropology and history.

U-M PhD Information 

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