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USC Catalogue 2015-2016 
USC Catalogue 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Gerontology (JD/MS)

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The JD/MS dual degree combines the knowledge of the older population with understanding of the legal system. The program prepares graduates for a number of roles in both public and private sector organizations. Students are required to complete 110 units of course work, 74 from the law school and 36 from the Davis School of Gerontology. The first year is devoted to required law courses, and the second, third and fourth years combine gerontology and law courses.

Gerontology Requirements

The Master of Science in Gerontology will require 36 units of course and fieldwork that cover the core content of the MS program.


The Davis School of Gerontology will waive 16 units of electives, which are required in the regular MS program, as well as GERO 589 Case Studies in Leadership and Change Management  because students enrolled in this program have a primary professional focus in law.

Law School Requirements

The law school requires 74 units of credit.

Elective Course Work

The second and third year of law study are primarily elective with one requirement. Students must satisfy the upper division writing requirement, either by completing a major, faculty-supervised writing project such as a dissertation, or by taking a course with a substantial writing component.

The law school will waive 14 units of electives which are required in the regular JD program.

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