Apr 13, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

J.D./M.A. Dual Degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Arts in Urban Education (with a Teaching Credential) Degrees (not admitting at this time)

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Contact Information

Co-Director (School of Education): Edmundo F. Litton
Co-Director (Loyola Law School): TBA


The Dual JD/MA program will create opportunities for graduates to advocate for educational equity in non-educational settings such as in public policy arenas or courtrooms. Key features of the program result in candidates obtaining a teaching credential, Master of Arts in Urban Education and a Law degree in four and a half years. JD/MA Dual Degree graduates can join the workforce in either the education or legal sectors to serve varied legal disciplines within the academic arena. All LMU School of Education credential programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The institution has not made a determination as to whether the credential program meets the requirements of states outside of California.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the historical, sociocultural, and global context of education
  2. Engage in discernment, inquiry, and research to promote equity and inclusion for diverse students and communities
  3. Apply theory and research to professional practice in areas of concentration such as leadership, instructional technology, literacy, and special education
  4. Advocate for social justice through collaboration with communities of practice

In addition, the Law School has identified the following outcomes:

  • The candidate demonstrates the ability to locate relevant law, both case law and statutes.
  • The candidate demonstrates the ability to understand underlying assumptions and policies motivating the law.
  • The candidate understands her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer.
  • The candidate demonstrates professionalism in all its aspects.

Program Admission Requirements

Candidates need to meet admission and degree requirements for the School of Education and Loyola Law School.

  • Graduate Application
  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • At least 1 letter must verify the applicant’s experience and familiarity with the elementary school age group.
    • Letters cannot be written by family members of friends.
  • Technology Requirement Form
  • Statement of Intent
    • 3-5 page essay describing how applicant’s experiences, qualities, and goals reflect the School of Education’s conceptual framework: REAL (Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead)
  • 2 sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Verification of 20 hours of experience working with culturally diverse youth in the age group applicant plans to teach
  • Professional Resume
  • Proof of satisfying California’s Basic Skills Requirement
    • Official CBEST passing scores or equivalent
  • Subject Matter Competency Test (CSET) passing score report
  • Certificate of Clearance (COC)
    • Fingerprint Clearance Form
  • Proof of Satisfying the U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • Tuberculin Skin Test Results
  • Interview with Program Director
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

*Specific partnerships may have alternate requirements different from those listed above. Contact appropriate Program Director or SOE Admissions Office for details.

  • In addition to SOE Admission Requirements, applicants to the J.D./M.A. Dual Degree program must be admitted separately to the Loyola Law School. Once admitted to both Schools, a candidate submits an application for the dual degree program. Candidates can submit an application for the dual degree program up to March of the first year of the program or while completing the Year 1 courses in the School of Education for the teaching credential.
  • Admission requirements for Loyola Law School can be found at http://www.lls.edu/admissions/jdadmissions/.

Degree Requirements

Students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their LMU programs as well as meet all SOE and LLS policy guidelines for successful progress and completion of their program and degree. LMU|TFA Partnership students take their coursework over a period of two years. Exceptions to the recommended sequence must be approved by the Program Directors, Department Chairs, and Credential Director.

Required Coursework

School of Education Required Courses

Single Subject Credential Candidates:

Loyola Law School Required Courses

  • 1L01 Property 5 units
  • 1K01 Torts 5 units
  • 1B01 Contracts 5 units
  • 1J02 Legal Research and Writing 4 units
  • 4C11 Principles of Social Justice 3 units
  • 1J01 Civil Procedure 5 units
  • 2C03 Constitutional Law 4 units
  • 4163 Intelligence, Testing, and the Law 2 units
  • 4J16 Remedies 4 units
  • 1D01 Criminal Law 4 units
  • 4109 Race, Gender, and the Law 3 units
  • 4B02 Law of Sales: Domestic and International 3 units
  • 4H12 Law and Literature 4 units
  • 4125 Family Law 2 units
  • 4153 Special Education and Disability Rights Law 2 units
  • 4124 Employment Law 3 units
  • 4L07 Trusts and Wills 4 units
  • 4A03 Business Associations 4 units
  • 4165 Law and Sexuality 3 units


The following classes in the Loyola Law program will be used to substitute two Education classes within the traditional M.A. in Urban Education (EDLA 6428 Business of Education ; EDLA 6429 Specializing in Charter Schools ). The law classes selected meet the learning outcomes of the M.A. in Urban Education:

  • 4109 Race, Gender, and the Law
  • 4153 Special Education and Disability Rights Law
  • 4124 Employment Law

Total: 101 semester hours

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