The Catholic University of America

Catalog Announcements 2013-14

Academic Programs


The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law offers a program of study leading to the Juris Doctor degree, J.D., the basic law degree designed to equip the student for a professional career in the law. The J.D. provides the student with the necessary educational preparation for the practice of law in the United States.


The Columbus School of Law offers a program of study for graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools leading to the Master of Laws degree, LL.M., with concentrations in Communications Law, Comparative and International Law, and Securities Law. The law school also offers a nonresident Master of Laws Program with Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.


To assist students who wish to develop a special background in a related field by pursuing both a J.D. degree and a master’s degree, CUA law school offers joint degree programs with several graduate schools or departments of the university: Business (J.D./M.S.B.A), Canon Law (J.D./J.C.L.), History (J.D./M.A.), Library Science (J.D./M.S.L.I.S.), Philosophy (J.D./M.A.), Politics (J.D./M.A.), Psychology (J.D./M.A.) and Social Work (J.D./M.S.W.).

These programs require application to and acceptance by both the law school and the particular graduate school or department. After satisfying the required courses, the student, with the approval of the academic dean of the school of law and the dean of the graduate school or chair of the graduate department, is free to design an elective curriculum that will qualify the student to receive both degrees. The student should submit the proposed course of study to the academic dean of the law school and the chair of the graduate department for approval. It is possible that the student could receive both a J.D. and an M.A. (or equivalent) degree within a three- to four-year period.


Beginning with the fall 2013 semester, the law school is offering practicing lawyers the opportunity to take our upper level courses in a wide variety of practice areas. These courses will allow attorneys to retool or to intensify their knowledge within specialty areas in which the law school is recognized as excelling. Courses are open to J.D. degree holders from accredited schools or those who are in good standing with any Bar. The courses will be offered at reduced tuition rates, and the credit earned can subsequently be applied to an L.L.M. degree and for CLE credit when feasible.