The S.J. Quinney College of Law and the David Eccles School of Business have adopted the following program to enable students to pursue both a J.D. degree and an M.R.E.D degree simultaneously.
a. Reduction in Overall Credit Requirement
The J.D./MRED program is based on the assumption that, because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and real estate in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the dual degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Accordingly, students enrolled in the dual degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of College of Law class work towards fulfilling the 42 credit-hour requirement of the MRED degree, and may count up to 12 credit hours of MRED class work towards fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the J.D. degree. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees, a J.D. degree awarded by the College of Law and an MRED degree awarded by the School of Business. Tuition is due to the respective college from which credit is granted.
In order for the MRED Program to facilitate the reduction in overall credit requirements, the following courses, which total 12 credit hours, are waived for J.D. students enrolled in the J.D./MRED program: (1) the Land Use Law course (3 credit hours); (2) the Due Diligence course (3 credit hours) and (3) six elective credit hours. Alternative courses may be waived with MRED program director approval.
Because the overall credit requirements for both degrees are reduced by 24 credit hours, a student enrolled in the dual degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately 8 semesters of full-time study. However, as noted in Section c. below, an MRED student who enrolls in the law program after matriculating in the MRED program will have limitations imposed on those MRED credit hours that can count towards the law degree.
b. Application to the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program.
Applicants interested in this program must submit separate admission applications to the College of Law and to the Business School. Each program has its own independent admissions standards, and admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.
Applicants interested in pursuing the J.D/MRED dual degree are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time. Nonetheless, a law student may apply to the MRED program (and thus be eligible to earn a dual degree) prior to completion of the first year of law school. As noted in Section c. below, an MRED student who enrolls in the law program after matriculating in the MRED program will have limitations imposed on those MRED credit hours that can count towards the law degree.
c. Completion of First Year at the College of Law as Prerequisite for Law Credit for MRED courses.
The College of Law will not give law credit for an MRED course unless the applicant has first successfully completed the first year at the College of Law. This prerequisite means that applicants who start the dual degree program by doing work in the MRED program before completing the first year of law school must delay taking the specific MRED courses they intend to count towards their 12 hours of law credit until after they complete the first year of law school.
The College of Law strongly recommends that an applicant not take any MRED courses during the first year of law school. The first year of law school is demanding.
d. Enrollment in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program and Appointment of Faculty Advisors in Both Programs.
A student who has been admitted to both the J.D. and MRED programs and who wishes to pursue the dual degree program opportunity must file a Dual Degree Enrollment Form with the Registrar of each program. Upon filing this form and its being approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Law and the MRED Program Director in the School of Business, an Advisor will be appointed in each program to assist the student in planning an overall program of study that takes advantage of the goals of the dual degree program.
e. Requirements for Cross-Over Course Credit.
To earn academic credit towards a law degree for coursework completed in the MRED program: (1) an MRED course must be pre-approved by the College of Law Faculty Advisor, and that approval must be indicated on the “Request to Count MRED Course Credit Toward J.D. Degree” Form; and (2) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course.
To earn academic credit towards the MRED degree for coursework completed in the College of Law: (1) the course may not be part of the law school’s first-year curriculum; (2) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course; and (3) the course must be approved by the MRED Academic Advisor. A list of pre-approved law school courses follows.
Corporate Financial Transactions (loan documentation), Drafting Contracts, Business Organizations (deals with organization of different forms of business), Drafting – Real Estate, Business Planning, Real Estate Transactions and Finance, Federal Income Tax (cover depreciation, 1031, 1033, gains and losses from sale of property), Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, Conservation Easements, Land Use Control, Outdoor Recreation Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Conflict Resolution, Environmental Practice (clinic), Trust & Estates, Estate Planning, Seminar-Takings, Water Law. This list is subject to change due to changes in curriculum and scheduling.
f. Notification to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Enrollment Only in MRED Courses
A student in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program who during any semester is enrolled only in MRED courses shall notify the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of that fact.
g. Notification to MRED program Advisor of Enrollment Only in College of Law Courses
A student in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program who during any semester is enrolled only in College of Law courses shall notify the MRED Program Advisor of that fact.
h. College of Law Seminar Paper Requirement
The College of Law requires that every student complete a seminar. This requirement will not be waived for students in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program, and no MRED research paper will satisfy this law school requirement.
i. Professional Projects Class
The MRED Program requires that every student complete the Professional Projects or Capstone class. This requirement will not be waived for students in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program, and no JD research paper or project will satisfy this business school requirement.
j. Completion of Both Programs Required for Award of Each Degree
A student enrolled in the J.D./MRED Dual Degree Program who wishes to count credits taken in one program toward fulfilling the degree in the other program, must complete all requirements of both programs before either degree will be awarded. In the event a student elects to pursue a single degree after being accepted into the dual degree program, both the law school and the business school must be notified and all of the requirements of the elected program must be met.