Military Ethics, MA/Law, JD
Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Field of Study: Military Ethics
Military Ethics (MA) Program Information
Degree: Juris Doctor (JD)
Juris Doctor (JD) Program Information
For most students, both degrees can be completed within three years or over four years. Dual degree students will generally begin study in the law school and defer enrollment in the MA program until their second year. Students interested in completing the dual degree should consult both programs early in the process to avoid difficulties. After the first year of law school, students may enroll in law courses or military ethics courses.
The Military Ethics MA program and School of Law agree to count up to 9 LAWS credit hours toward the MA degree and 12 MA credits toward the JD degree. This reduces the J.D. requirement of 88 credits to 76 separate credits. Additionally, the MA in Military Ethics credit requirements may be reduced by 9 credits.
Master of Arts in Military Ethics
The MA in Military Ethics program curriculum is interdisciplinary, with a foundation in moral and political philosophy and international relations. Each student will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including a 6 credit hour “capstone course” that will typically be completed during the summer term following a full academic year of course work.
Over a 12- to 15-month program of study (designed to facilitate the enrollment of military personnel on educational assignment and the academic student looking for an intensive program), students will study foundational topics in moral and political philosophy, together with advanced core and elective topics in military and professional ethics, military medical ethics, military law, ethical leadership, and other related subjects (including optional supplemental electives in areas such as religious studies, history, literature, journalism, political science, classics, and the arts).
|PHIL 417||War and Morality||3|
|PHIL 436||Military Ethics, the Military Profession, and International Law||3|
|PHIL 484||Ethics and Public Policy||3|
|PHIL 501||Military Ethics MA Capstone||6|
When students begin the program, the program director will work with them individually to develop initial concepts for their specific concentrations of study and their capstones. The capstone/culminating project involves both academic research and fieldwork, and is integrated with the degree candidate’s professional experience or interest. PHIL 501 will feature a summative project designed to integrate their common studies, but tailored to their individual future interests in teaching, further graduate study, or employment in public policy or foreign affairs, and may produce outcomes other than a traditional paper/thesis (such as the detailed and well-defended design of a military ethics training/education curriculum).
The outline of the project will typically be presented and defended by the spring recess of the candidate’s second semester in residence, and the project itself completed over the following summer term, for graduation in August the year following matriculation. If special circumstances prevent a student from completing the program in the intended time frame, the academic advisor will work with the student to create an alternative schedule.
Students will take a minimum of four elective courses. The selection of topic for the capstone project will dictate the selection of relevant elective courses by each student (in consultation with program faculty) to create an appropriate concentration of study. Electives may be in military and professional ethics, military medical ethics, military law, or ethical leadership, or in optional supplemental areas such as religious studies, history, literature, journalism, and the arts.
Elective courses from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law include (but are not limited to) the following and additional elective courses continue to be added:
|College of Arts and Sciences Electives:|
|ARTH/CLSC 436||Representations of War in Ancient Rome||3|
|CLSC/THTR/WLIT 419||Greek Tragedy: Plays and Performance in Ancient Athens||3|
|COGS 448||Buddhism and Cognitive Science||3|
|HSTY 447||WWII from the British Empire Perspective||3|
|PHIL 411||Science of Ethics: The Neuroscience, Psychology, and Behavioral Economics of Morality||3|
|PHIL 425||Philosophy of Feminism||3|
|PHIL 430||Topics in Ethics||3|
|PHIL 433||Philosophy of Religion||3|
|PHIL 499||Independent Study MA Level||1 - 3|
|PHIL 434||Political and Social Philosophy||3|
|POSC 422||Political Movements and Political Participation||3|
|POSC 451||Modern Political Thought||3|
|POSC 453||Political Thought and Political Change in China||3|
|POSC 454||Political and Social Philosophy||3|
|POSC 455||Modern Political Ideologies||3|
|POSC 456||Transitions to Democracy and Dictatorship||3|
|POSC 460||Revolts and Revolutions in Global Perspective||3|
|POSC 464||Dictatorship and Democracy in Modern Latin America||3|
|POSC 467||Western European Political Systems||3|
|POSC 470H||China's Foreign Policy||3|
|POSC 473||Politics of the European Union||3|
|POSC 476||United States Foreign Policy||3|
|POSC 477||Politics of Russia||3|
|POSC 479||Introduction to Middle East Politics||3|
|POSC 486||Making Public Policy||3|
|POSC 488||Global Politics of the Climate Crisis||3|
|POSC 490||Special Topics in International Relations||3|
|RLGN 433||Philosophy of Religion||3|
|RLGN 448||Buddhism and Cognitive Science||3|
|RLGN 453||Hindu and Jain Bioethics: Special Focus on Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|School of Law Electives:|
|LAWS 1901||International Law: Fundamentals||1|
|LAWS 4101||International Law||3|
|LAWS 5110||Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Law||1|
|LAWS 5111||Admiralty Law||2|
|LAWS 5113||Counterterrorism Law||3|
|LAWS 5116||International Human Rights||3|
|LAWS 5118||International Law Research Lab||3|
|LAWS 5121||International Criminal Law and Procedure||3|
|LAWS 5124||Islamic Law||2|
|LAWS 5136||International Humanitarian Law||1|
|LAWS 5745||Foreign Affairs Law||3|
|LAWS 6051||Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Immigration Clinic||4|
Juris Doctor Requirements:
Case Western Reserve University grants a Juris Doctor degree to students who have completed at least 88 credit hours in at least 6 semesters as a full-time student and graduate with at least a 2.325. During that time, the student must have completed a substantial research paper to satisfy the writing requirement.
During the first 2 semesters (1L year), the student is given their schedule and completes a minimum 29 credit hours in the following classes: LLEAP 1 and 2, Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Property, Legislation and Regulation, Civil Procedure, and spring-semester 1-credit elective. When the student begins their next two semesters (2L year), they must take Constitutional Law 1, Professional Responsibility, and LLEAP 3. During the Fall term, Constitutional Law 1 is required. Professional Responsibility and LLEAP 3 are offered both semesters and must be completed by the end of 2L year.
At the same time, the student is expected to complete general education requirements by picking 4 courses from the following list: Business Associations, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure I, Evidence, Family Law, Sales, Secured Transactions, and Wills/Trusts/Future Interests. During a student’s last 2 semesters (3L year), they need to have completed 12 credits of experiential education including a minimum 6-credit Capstone Experience during 3L year. The capstone can be completed off-site or at an in-house legal clinic.