Journalism MA and Law LLM

Journalism MA and Law LLM

The Schools of Journalism and Law offer an integrated program for students seeking both a master of arts degree in journalism and a master of law in dispute resolution. Students should consider this program if they have a law degree and are interested in senior-level practice or policy work in either of these fields, domestically or internationally. Although a master of arts degree in journalism normally requires two years of study, and the master of law requires one, many students will be able to complete the full program in as few as two years.

Program Requirements

Dual-degree program requirements consist of both required and elective courses.

First Year Required Courses (28 Credits)

Required Dispute Resolution Courses (16 Credits)

  • LAW 5350 Arbitration (3 Credits)
  • LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project (3 Credits)
  • LAW 6835 Methods for Program Evaluation & Design (3 Credits)
  • LAW 6845 Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution (4 Credits)
  • LAW 6860 Understanding Conflict (3 Credits)

Students may not receive credit for both JOURN 7000 Communication Law and LAW 5760 Mass Media Law.

Required Journalism Courses (12 Credits)

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits: This course does not count toward the degree.) or
    JOURN 7200 Principles of Strategic Communications (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 7300 Broadcast News I (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 5760 Mass Media Law (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 7000 Communications Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Research Methods (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Methods (3 Credits)

Electives

Law Electives

Students in the dual-degree program must take a total of at least 18 credits of School of Law credits (16 required credits, 2 elective credits). Students in the dual-degree program may undertake a joint research project under LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project (with the instructor’s permission) and LAW 6925 LLM Independent Study and receive credit toward both the law and journalism degrees. See “Summary of Requirements” below for details.

Journalism Master’s Capstone

Students are required to complete and defend an MA project or thesis in journalism. Students in the dual-degree program may choose to undertake the MA project or thesis in conjunction with LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project (with the instructor’s permission) and the LAW 6925 LLM Independent Study. If a student chooses this option, the student’s thesis committee must include at least the law faculty member overseeing the LLM course or courses. The thesis committee may include other members of the law faculty. Students should consult the thesis and project guidelines for further explanation and rules.

The law faculty member overseeing these courses shall be responsible for determining whether the project or thesis satisfies the requirements of these courses considering those requirements as they apply to all other LLM students. Generally, credit under these courses is appropriate only for a paper of substantial length on a topic related to dispute resolution.

Summary of Requirements

The LLM in Dispute Resolution requires the completion of 24 credits. Under the dual-degree program, 16 required credits are taken in the School of Law (including the major research project), 2 credits of electives are taken in the School of Law, and 6 credits of electives are taken in the School of Journalism.

The MA degree in journalism requires the completion of at least 37 credits. Under the dual-degree program, 31 credits are taken in the School of Journalism and 6 credits of electives are taken in the School of Law. The detailed program of study in journalism is subject to approval by the student’s adviser in the School of Journalism and by the director of graduate studies.

The LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project (with the instructor’s permission) and the LAW 6925 LLM Independent Study courses may be taken to satisfy the LLM elective requirements and the capstone requirement of the MA program. Students choosing these options should enroll in LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project and LAW 6925 LLM Independent Study, and the credits earned in those courses also will be applied to the journalism master’s capstone requirement.

Sample Course of Study

Year 1: First Semester

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits: This course does not count toward the degree.)
  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • Journalism Model Course (3 Credits)
  • LAW 6845 Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution (4 Credits)
  • LAW 6860 Understanding Conflict (3 Credits)

Year 1: Second Semester

  • JOURN 8006 Research Methods (3 Credits) or JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)
  • Journalism Model Course (3 Credits)
  • LAW 5350 Arbitration (3 Credits)

Year 2: First Semester

  • Journalism Model Courses (6 Credits)
  • LAW 6835 Methods for Program Evaluation and Design (3 Credits)
  • Year 2: Second Semester
  • LAW 6830 LLM Major Research Project (3 Credits)
  • Journalism Model Requirements (6 Credits)
  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar/JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit)

Year 3: First Semester

  • JOURN 8190 Area Problem/JOURN 8090 Research (6 Credits)
  • including LAW 6925 LLM Independent Study (2 Credits)

Total: 49 Credits

  • 18 Credits at School of Law
  • 31 Credits at School of Journalism

Application Procedure

Applicants to the dual-degree program must submit formal applications for admission to the LLM program and to the School of Journalism. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Applicants should make it clear on their applications to each school that they are applying for the dual-degree program. Contact the School of Journalism and the LLM program for further information on admissions requirements.

Students normally should declare an intent to enter both programs before entering the University. This request should be submitted before a student has substantially completed the requirements of either program. However, petitions requesting admission to the program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Additional Regulations

  1. LLM students who receive credit under the dual-degree program for taking journalism courses may not receive credit for taking other classes outside the School of Law to the extent that they apply journalism credits toward the LLM degree.
  2. Occasionally, students entering the MA program in journalism are required to strengthen their undergraduate experience by taking extra course work to round out their graduate programs. The most commonly required additional courses are American government, American history and economics. These courses do not count as part of the master’s program.
  3. A dual-degree candidate who subsequently decides to pursue only one of these degrees must complete degree requirements subject to the same rules as a student not pursuing a dual degree.
  4. Student grade point averages for the LLM program will be computed on classes enrolled in as Law School and MU Graduate School courses, as provided in the LLM Handbook.
  5. In some situations, the director of the LLM program may approve application of credits earned within four years prior to initial enrollment in the LLM program if the credits were for work closely related to the student’s work in the LLM program and were taken for graduate credit. The LLM Handbook describes the procedure for applying previously earned non-law credits to satisfy LLM graduation requirements.
  6. The School of Journalism and the LLM program reserve the right to limit participation in the program, including dismissal. Those interested are encouraged to submit a request for permission to participate in the program, along with applications for admission, at the earliest possible time.
  7. The listing of courses does not constitute a binding commitment that the courses will be offered during the student’s course of study, or that the graduation requirements will remain unchanged.
  8. Students in the dual-degree program are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to all students in the LLM program and the School of Journalism.