Dual M.A. Journalism/Legal Studies

Acquire the research background, professional training, and knowledge of law and journalism to make important contributions not only to discussions within news organizations but also to the field of law about the ways in which this legal information influences society and the economy.

Course Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 51 units to earn dual master’s degrees in Journalism and Legal Studies.

Journalism Courses (18 Units)

  • JOUR 506: Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 507: Reporting with Multimedia (3 units)
  • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and U.S. Media Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 589: Research Methods (3 units)
  • JOUR 590: School Media (3 units)

Shared Journalism/Law Courses (16 units)

Take both: 

  • LAW 571: Communications Law (3 units)
  • JOUR 520: Digital Communications Law (3 units)

Select one: 

  • JOUR 539: Ethics and the News Media (3 units)
  • JOUR 547: Government Secrecy (3 units)
  • LAW 655K: First Amendment (3 units, LAW 504 Prerequisite)
  • LAW 615E: Freedom of Speech & Religion (4 units)
  • LAW 615: Constitutional Law II (3 units, LAW 504 Prerequisite)

Select one: 

  • JOUR 909: Project or JOUR 910: Thesis (6 units)
  • LAW 909: Project or LAW 910: Thesis (6 units)

Law Courses (14 units)

  • LAW 501: Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A: Common Law System I (contracts, torts) (3 units)
  • LAW 502B: Common Law System II (property) (3 units)
  • LAW 504: American Public Law (constitutional law, administrative law) (3 units)
  • LAW 507: Legal Process, Analysis & Writing (2 units)

Law Electives (4 Units)

Select two: 

  • LAW 550: Native American Law & Policy (3 units)
  • LAW 551: Public International Law (3 units)
  • LAW 552: Health Law (3 units)
  • LAW 553: Immigration Law (3 units)
  • LAW 554: Environmental Law & Policy (3 units)
  • LAW 556: Family Law (3 units)
  • LAW 557: Employment Law (3 units)            
  • LAW 558: Criminal Law & Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 561: Legislative Analysis (3 unit)
  • LAW 655B: Copyright Law (2 units)
  • LAW 682: Cyberlaw (3 units)
  • LAW 692A: Information Privacy (2 units)
  • LAW 655A: Trademarks & Unfair Competition (2 units)

Students may also petition to enroll in other 600-level LAW electives, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the program director and the course professor.