Master's Degree in Legal Philosophy

The Rutgers University-New Brunswick Philosophy Department, in conjunction with the Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark Law Schools, is now accepting applicants for a new coordinated degree program: a Master's degree in Legal Philosophy.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school and must either be enrolled in law school or have already been awarded their J.D. An application should include (1) a letter by the student indicating why (s)he is interested in the M.A.; (2) a transcript from the law school the applicant is attending or has attended; (3) one letter of reference, ideally from someone on the law faculty. Students need not take the GREs; an LSAT will suffice.

To be awarded the M.A. a student must successfully complete 30 credits and write a thesis. Up to 8 of the 30 credits can be transferred from the applicant's law school. The law courses that would be accepted towards the M.A. must be approved by the Program Director in the Department of Philosophy. Over a two-semester period of study in New Brunswick, persons admitted would consult with the Program Director on a program of study that consists of at least 5 philosophy courses (for a total of 15 or 16 credits) and a Master's Thesis jointly supervised by the Program Director and an appropriate faculty member at one of the Rutgers law schools. It is realistic to expect that diligent students would be able to complete the degree program in one year (and perhaps a summer to finish the thesis).

The Rutgers-New Brunswick Philosophy Department is among the very best in the country and includes many internationally known specialists in several central areas of philosophy: The Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy, a joint venture of the Rutgers-Camden Law School and the Rutgers-New Brunswick Philosophy Department, is among the most active entities of its kind: Douglas Husak is the M.A. Program Director and is the editor-in-chief of two leading journals in philosophy of law: Law and Philosophy and Criminal Law and Philosophy. The two Associate Editors of Law and Philosophy, Kimberly Ferzan and John Oberdiek, are faculty members at the Rutgers-Camden Law School. In conjunction with the distinguished law faculty at Newark, Rutgers has several scholars ideally suited to oversee graduate study in legal philosophy.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to the Program Director:
Douglas Husak
Department of Philosophy
One Seminary Place
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901