Recognizing that legal and business studies complement each other, Washburn will begin offering a dual Juris Doctor (J.D..) and Master of Accountancy (M.Acc) degree starting fall 2014. The new degree will expand career opportunities for graduates who may choose to be a practicing attorney or a practicing CPA and will enhance their credentials.
The dual degree will create a much shorter path to obtaining both degrees. Pursued individually, a J.D.. requires 90 credit hours, whereas the M.Acc requires 30 credit hours. If a student wished to pursue both, 120 hours would be required; but with the dual degree, only 108 credit hours are required. Under the dual degree program, certain courses are accepted for credit by both the law and business schools.
Six credit hours of business-related law school courses can be substituted for six credit hours of M.Acc courses and six credit hours of core M.Acc courses can be substituted for six hours of law courses. The first year of law school, students will only enroll in law courses.
Washburn Law already offers two dual degrees: the Juris Doctor (J.D..) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree and the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. Adding a third dual degree provides even more opportunities to Washburn Law students.