African American Studies and the School of Law offer a four-year, concurrent degree program whereby students pursue the Master of Arts in their first year and the Juris Doctor degrees in the three subsequent years of study. For admission, applicants are required to satisfy the regular admission requirements of both schools, and should, in addition, submit to African American Studies (1) a statement of purpose describing the applicant’s background, proposed program of joint study in African American studies and law and including future career goals; (2) an LSAT score in lieu of the GRE; and (3) written permission to use data from the applicant’s Law School admissions files

M.A./J.D. (Law) Joint Program

  • M.A. program and UCLA Law School
  • Four years, combined
  • First year in Afro-Am, then combined degree requirements for both Afro-Am and Law School
  • Must apply to both UCLA Graduate Division and UCLA Law School for admission
  • LSAT exam OK for both (GRE not required for MA/JD application)

Application Deadline: December 1st 2021

Individualized M.A. Programs

Possible individualized articulated programs

  • Must secure prior permission from Afro-Am, second department, and UCLA Graduate Division

M.A./J.D Fellowships and Funding

For applicants and entering students, student financial support funds at UCLA are provided to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments. Support based solely on need is also provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.