The Law School and the School of Information offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in both schools that leads to the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Science in Information (MSI) degrees. The program is designed so that all requirements for both degrees can be completed in eight terms of enrollment.

This dual degree program is one of only a few of its type offered by comparable educational institutions. Although the applications of this dual degree are numerous, the program is most desirable to those wishing to develop expertise in the field of intellectual property as it relates to cyberspace and other technological advances. Career opportunities for students who complete the program can be found in both the public and private sector, from the U.S. Department of Justice to the “boutique” intellectual property firms across the nation. Those planning a career in library science or information services will also find this program of special interest.

The Law School offers numerous courses of interest to JD/MSI students. Among these courses are Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patent Law, International Law, Antitrust, Labor Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition. The Law School also offers a number of relevant seminars.

Students are required to take the complete sequence of first-year courses in one school during the first year of enrollment, and complete the sequence of first-year courses in the other school during the second year of enrollment. Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year in the other school. 

Information contained herein is valid as of 2/26/19 and is subject to change.

Contact the applicable admissions office or dual degree resource for more information.


  • JD Requirements

    Students entering the Law School must complete the required first-year law curriculum. Students must take one elective course of three or four credit hours during their second semester. All students must complete the following before graduation: at least one international or comparative law course of two or more credit hours, at least one upper-level course with a rigorous writing component, one statutory or regulatory course of three or more credit hours, one course in professional responsibility of two or more credit hours, and two credit hours of experiential learning. Separate courses must be taken to fulfill the upper-level course with a rigorous writing component, the professional responsibility course, and the experiential learning course. 

    The JD requires a minimum total of 83 credits earned between Law School courses and courses through the School of Information. Students must earn at least 71 credits toward the JD through courses taken in the Law School.

    Twelve (12) credit hours may be earned through courses taken in the School of Information. If you are admitted to the School of Information and choose to pursue the JD/MSI program, you must notify both the Law School’s Office of Student Records and Office of Student Life.

  • MSI Requirements

    Students must complete a total of 48 credit hours, with a minimum of 33 credits required in the School of Information (SI credit). Up to 15 of the required 48 credit hours required for the MSI may be earned for courses taken in the Law School. 

    Students must complete all MSI degree requirements, including a mastery course (3 credits) or master’s thesis (6 credits), and an approved internship (6 credits). Students should note that each mastery course has a series of prerequisite courses that must be taken in advance of the mastery course and requires advanced planning.

  • Additional Requirements

    Applicants must gain separate and independent admission to both the Law School and the School of Information, and should contact the admissions office of each school for application and admission information. If you are enrolled in a graduate program in another school or department at the University, the Law School will accept a valid GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score in lieu of an LSAT score; otherwise, a valid LSAT score is required.

    Students must satisfy the requirements of each school for each degree and should consult with advisers in each school for the precise graduation requirements for each degree and for information about course offerings. Law School courses are not offered in the summer term. Students will not receive credit toward the JD for coursework taken prior to matriculation at the Law School. Students should consult with the adviser at the companion school concerning credit toward the MSI for Law coursework.

    During the third and fourth years of the program, students are permitted to elect courses in both schools. Tuition will be assessed at either the Law School or School of Information rate, whichever is higher, when courses toward both degrees are taken in one term.

    At the beginning of their final year of study in the combined program, students should consult with their School of Information academic adviser and the Law School’s Office of Student Records regarding progress toward graduation.

    The combined degree is not open to those who have already earned either the JD or the MSI. Students who are registered in the first or second year at the Law School or the first year of the School of Information’s program may apply for admission to the dual degree program.

  • Please Note

    Any JD who enrolls concurrently in another degree program will be awarded the JD degree after completing all of the requirements for the dual, joint, or combined degrees. (As a practical matter, this means that the student will receive the JD degree either after or at the same time as they receive the degree(s) in the other program(s).) This policy will not affect the student’s class year for purposes of the Law School’s commencement ceremony or alumni events, and it will not apply if a student discontinues the other degree program(s). A law student who believes that they will experience some hardship as a result of this policy may petition the Associate Dean for Academic Programming for an exception.

    JD courses traditionally have a later grading deadline than other degree programs. On some occasions, this later JD grading deadline may affect a student in their final term if another degree program desires all of the student’s grades prior to the JD grading deadline.

Contact Information

Law School Admissions Office
University of Michigan Law School
Jeffries Hall, Suite 2200
701 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1215

Phone: 734.764.0537
Email: [email protected] 

Office of Student Life (dual degree programs)
University of Michigan Law School
316 Hutchins Hall
625 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1215

Phone: 734.764.0516
Email: [email protected]

Office of Student Records
University of Michigan Law School
300 Hutchins Hall 
625 S. State Street 
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1215

Phone: 734.763.6499
Email: [email protected]

School of Information Admissions Office
University of Michigan School of Information
3360 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Phone: 734.763.2285
Email: [email protected]