Master of Divinity & Juris Doctor

Campbell University Divinity School and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law are pleased to offer the dual MDiv/JD program. The dual degree program enables students to earn both degrees in five years of full-time study, rather than the usual six years (if the degrees were to be pursued separately). The program of study is flexible and individualized to provide each student with the best feasible combination of those two complementary disciplines.

The JD program requires completion of 90 credits, 82 of which must be earned at the law school, and 9 of which must be earned at the divinity school. The MDiv program requires completion of 90 credits, 72 of which must be earned at the divinity school, and 18 of which must be earned at the law school.

Eligibility

Prospective students must first be granted separate admission into both programs. This entails submitting all required application materials and meeting the admission standards of both programs. Candidates wishing to pursue these dual degrees must be admitted to both programs within a 24-month period.

Divinity School Admission Requirements

A four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, three references, a statement of faith and calling, church recommendation, transcripts and admission interview.

Requirements for Master-level programs

 

School of Law Admission Requirements

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than February of the year in which they intend to enter Campbell Law. There is no minimum score for entry into Campbell Law. In the event of multiple LSAT scores, the admissions committee will consider the highest of all scores reported. The admissions committee will not consider an LSAT score if more than five years have passed since the date the test was taken. A bachelor’s degree from an approved and accredited college or university is required. A transcript from each college or university attended must be sent to the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Campbell Law School Admissions

 

General Information

Candidates admitted into the dual degree program will normally take their first year in the law school, and the second year in the divinity school (or vice versa). During the third, fourth, and fifth years, students will divide their studies between the two programs to maximize course availability and choices. During these years, a student may register for coursework in both schools in any particular semester.

The student must take a sufficient number of credits at one of the schools to be deemed a “full-time” student at that school for the semester (the law school requires ten credits for such status; the divinity school requires nine credits for such status). In no semester may a student register for coursework at both schools in excess of 17 aggregate credits.

Tuition and fees must be paid to the school or schools in which the student is enrolled. Divinity School tuition and fees must be paid when students are enrolled in Divinity School courses. Similarly, Law School tuition and fees must be paid when students are enrolled in Law School courses. If a student is registered for fewer than ten hours at the law school, the student’s tuition and fees will be prorated for that semester.

Master of Divinity & Juris Doctor Curriculum

The 9 credits of Divinity School coursework to be applied toward the completion of the JD degree, and the 18 credits of Law School coursework to be applied toward the completion of the MDiv degree, shall be approved by the appropriate deans and/or committees at the respective schools. Initial approval has been granted to the following courses:

Law Courses Eligible for Master of Divinity Credit:

(18 credits maximum)

Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought
Current Topics in Legal Ethics
Family Law
First Amendment Seminar
Immigration and Refugee Law and Practice
Juvenile Justice Mediation (classroom)
Law, Culture, Society and Philosophy
Mediation Advocacy
Negotiations
Nonprofit Organizations
Readings in Jurisprudence (subject to prior written approval of Divinity School’s academic dean)
Religion and the First Amendment
Theology and The Law

Divinity Courses Eligible for Juris Doctor Credit

(9 credits maximum)

DIVI 2224 Theology and Culture
DIVI 5620 Intro. to Urban and Social Ministry
Any two of the following:
DIVI 2400 Christian Ethics
DIVI 2449 Special Topics in Ethics: Virtues and Vices
DIVI 5649 Diversity, Spirituality, and Religion in the Helping Professions
Any two of the following:
DIVI 5600 Counseling and Christian Ministry
DIVI 5626 Counseling Theories and Techniques
DIVI 5650 Marriage and Family Counseling
Advanced Theology elective (subject to prior written approval of Law School’s academic dean)
Directed Readings (subject to prior written approval of Law School’s academic dean)

For MDiv credits to be counted towards the JD degree, the Law School requires a 3.0 grade point average (or “B” equivalent) or better. For JD credits to be counted towards the MDiv degree, the Divinity School requires a 75 or better.

Transfer credits will be assigned a descriptive (e.g., “pass” or “fail”), rather than a numerical, grade by the transferee school. Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of a student’s periodic or cumulative grade point average by the transferee school. Grade point averages for both programs are calculated independently by the two schools. Transfer credits will be posted to transcripts by the respective schools for the semester during which the coursework is completed (rather than deferred until when the degree is conferred).

For More Information

Campbell University Divinity School
Office of Admissions
(800) 334-4111, ext. 1830
divinityadmissions@campbell.edu