Art History and Museum Studies, MA/Law, JD
Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Field of Study: Art History and Museum Studies
Program Information: bulletin.case.edu/arts-sciences/art-history-art/art-history-museum-studies-ma/
Degree: Juris Doctor (JD)
Program Information: bulletin.case.edu/law/programs/law-jd/
The School of Law at Case Western Reserve University prepares JD students to practice law in, among other areas, the fields of intellectual property and law and the arts. The MA in Art History and Museum Studies program, coordinated by the Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of the major art historical periods, of the historiography and critical methodologies of art history, and of museological practice and history, connoisseurship, conservation, and interpretation, through course work and museum internships. The dual degree program prepares students to participate in the fields of intellectual property and law and the visual arts and provides students with an opportunity to develop expertise in areas of substantive interest.
For students in dual degree programs, 12 hours of elective credits in the JD program are waived in consideration of completion of the dual degree. Students must be separately admitted to both degree programs in order to pursue a dual degree, the qualitative requirements of both degrees must be fully met, and the two degrees must be earned simultaneously. Students must begin coursework in the second degree program prior to beginning the fifth semester of law school work. Also, no coursework completed prior to official matriculation in the law school may be counted towards the law school degree.
Dual Degree Student Advising System
Dual degree students are advised by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law. In addition, dual degree students are granted priority registration for upperclass courses, ensuring that they will be able to enroll in the classes they need. In the Department of Art History and Art, dual degree students will be advised by the art history department liaison and the director of graduate studies.
Students wishing to enroll in the dual degree program must be separately admitted to each program. The Department of Art History and Art will waive the GRE requirement for admission to the MA program and use the LSAT in the admissions process. Applicants can apply to the dual degree program when they apply to the School of Law or after the first year of enrollment in the School of Law. Once students have been admitted, they will consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law and the Department of Art History and Art liaison to determine their appropriate course of study.