Biochemistry, MS/Law, JD

Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Field of Study: Biochemistry
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Degree: Juris Doctor (JD)
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Program Overview

This program allows students in the School of Law to earn an MS degree in Biochemistry with one additional year of study. This program is useful for students with an interest in intellectual property law who are planning careers in biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industry. Students learn about intellectual property law in their JD studies and about the latest developments in the biomedical sciences in their Biochemistry studies, which allows them to work with clients who are scientists. Students receive advising and mentoring from faculty in the Law School and the Biochemistry Department as they study both subjects. Students who are interested in getting hands-on research experience may work with on a laboratory research project with a faculty member in the School of Medicine.


Students usually enter the program after entering the JD program and deciding that their interest lies in the area of biomedical intellectual property, but students may apply earlier.  Students in the JD program can apply in the first or second year.