JD/MA in Sustainability
Dual Degree (JD/MA)

Full-Time, Part-Time, & Evening Course Options Available


The Sustainability Graduate Programs and Wake Forest University School of Law JD/MA IN SUSTAINABILITY DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS provide students a pathway for succeeding in professional roles where legal scholarship and practice intersect with sustainability.

Students with the JD and MA in Sustainability will expand their potential work force networks, deepen their knowledge base, and cultivate leadership skills. Attorneys seeking to work in a sustainability related practice area benefit greatly from foundational knowledge gained through coursework focusing on energy, environmental, and sustainability related studies.


Candidates for the JD/MA in Sustainability Dual Degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, following the admissions requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a dual degree. A joint committee consisting of faculty and staff both from the School of Law and the Sustainability Graduate Programs will make final determination about an applicant’s suitability for the dual degree.

Wake Forest students already enrolled in the JD program are encouraged to apply in the Spring semester of their first year. Current students may apply after this time, but completion of the program will not follow the traditional three year plan of study. Wake Forest students already enrolled in the School of Law JD degree program who decide to pursue the dual degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and LSAT scores.

Plan of Study

This JD/MA in sustainability dual degree will require 78 hours of School of Law coursework, including requirements specific to the JD, and 22 hours of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences coursework and is designed to be completed in 6 semesters and 1 full Summer session.

Second & Third Year Requirements

Summer Term

A 4 credit-hour internship or research thesis to be completed during the Summer semester in between the second and third year.

Distance Learning

Virtual Synchronous Classrooms

The Sustainability Graduate Program will be offered as virtual synchronous online courses — real-time, face-to-face classes meeting in an online virtual classroom. Students can complete the entire degree remotely, including electives. Some in-person electives are available if on-campus classes are preferred.
Full-Time, Part-Time, and Evening Course Options