Requirements for J.D./M.S.I.S.

The J.D./M.S.I.S. Combined Degree Program is designed to permit students interested in obtaining both the J.D. degree and the M.S.I.S. degree to complete both degrees in less time than if they were earned independently. This can be accomplished because certain course work taken at the School of Law can be transferred for credit toward the MSIS degree, and, conversely, certain course work taken in the M.S.I.S. program at the Leavey School of Business can be transferred toward the J.D. Degree.

The J.D./M.S.I.S. degree allows students to develop a deep technological understanding of the legal issues in the Information Technology industry and to learn how to use technology effectively in a law practice. The joint degree may be especially useful for:

  • in-house lawyers for technology companies
  • lawyers representing computer software and hardware companies in technology license agreements or in litigation
  • information security lawyers
  • litigators who plan to develop expertise in complex e-discovery


To participate in the J.D./M.S.I.S. Program, students must first be admitted to the School of Law. During the first year of the J.D. Program, students apply to the M.S.I.S. Program, following the regular MSIS admissions procedures, including taking the GMAT or GRE. Students must be in good standing in the Law School to be considered for admission into the M.S.I.S. program.

Link to Business School’s M.S.I.S. page

General Requirements for JD/MSIS

While enrolled in the program, students must

  • Satisfy the academic requirements of each school
  • Complete the same number of quarter units of credit (business) and semester units of credit (law) as other recipients of the respective degrees, including all courses required by each school
  • Plan a specific, individualized academic program with, and approved by, both the School of Law J.D./M.S.I.S. Program advisor and the Leavey School of Business J.D./M.S.I.S. Program advisor.

Combined Curriculum

Law School

General Requirements:

  • 86 units are required to graduate.
  • Under ABA rules, a student has five years to receive his or her J.D..
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 8 semester units each semester.

Specific J.D./M.S.I.S. Requirements:

  • A student may transfer 12 quarter units from the business school to the law school. Twelve quarter units translate to 8 semester units. Thus, a J.D./M.S.I.S. student must take 78 units at the law school. However, the business school units will not transfer over to the law school until the student is within two business school classes of graduating from the business school. M.S.I.S. units must have a grade of C or better and will transfer to the law transcript as Credit/No Credit grades.
  • The first year is spent exclusively in the School of Law. During the second year, students are required to take mostly M.S.I.S. classes. Thereafter, work is taken concurrently in the business school and the law school.

Business School

General Requirements:

  • The SCU M.S.I.S. curriculum consists of 18 courses (for a total of 54 units) comprising waivable required courses, non-waivable required courses, and electives.

Specific J.D./MSIS Requirements:

    • A student may transfer 8 semester units from the law school to the business school (Approved courses are listed below). Eight semester units translate to 12 quarter units. Thus, a J.D./M.S.I.S. student will take 42 units of M.S.I.S. courses specified as below:
Pre-program proficiency (Applicants must have successfully completed one course in each of the following areas)
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • a programming language
Core Business Knowledge (3 courses, 2 waivable)
  • ACTG 300 Financial Accounting
  • FNCE 451 Financial Management
  • MGMT 503 Organizational Analysis and Management (non-waivable)
Core Information Systems (6 courses)
  • MSIS 601 Object-Oriented Analysis and Programming
  • MSIS 602 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • MSIS 603 Database Management Systems
  • MSIS 604 Information Systems Policy and Strategy
  • MSIS 605 Telecommunications and Business Networks
  • MSIS 606 Software Project Management
Specialization (4 courses; equal to 12 units)
  • MSIS 621 Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
  • MSIS 622 ERP Systems
  • MSIS 623 Financial Information Systems
  • MSIS 696 Emerging Topics in IT Management
  • IDIS 705 Leadership for Justice and Prosperity (I unit)
  • COEN 250 Information Security Management (2 units)
  • COEN 252 Computer Forensics (4 units)
Capstone (1 course)
  • IDIS 612 Management of the High Technology Firm Seminar
Approved Law School Courses (8 semester units; 12 quarter units )
  • Law 228 Technology Licensing (2 units)
  • Law 429 Mass Communication: Television, Cable, Satellite Video and Convergence (3 units)
  • Law 520 Mass Communication: Telephone, Broadband Networks and Convergence (3 units)
  • Law 388 Intellectual Property (3 units)
  • Law 533 Broadband Regulatory Clinic (3 units)
  • Law 539 E-Discovery (1 unit)
  • Law 793 Cyberspace Law (3 units)
  • One or more Patents/Copyrights/Trademarks/Trade Secrets courses

In no event will any such individualized academic program include more than 12 quarter units at the business school for which credit is also obtained at the law school, or more than 8 semester units at the law school for which credit is also obtained at the business school.

Under a typical schedule, students complete the program and receive both degrees in three and one-half or four years.

Note: Students who withdraw from the J.D. program will not be granted transfer credit toward the M.S.I.S. degree for courses taken in the School of Law.

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