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USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Economics (JD/MA)

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Students are required to complete 92 units of law and economics course work, 4 units of which must constitute a thesis acceptable to the faculties of the law school and the Department of Economics. Before enrolling in economics courses, students must have completed an undergraduate course in probability and statistical inference (e.g., BUAD 310 ). Students with undergraduate degrees in such disciplines as business, economics, mathematics and psychology will usually have taken such a course as part of their undergraduate program.

First Year:

Required law school courses.

Additional Requirements

Two Additional Graduate Level Courses in Economics (8 units): ECON 680 Industrial Organization  and ECON 681 Economics of Regulated Industries  are recommended, but the student is free to choose any graduate level courses other than ECON 590  or ECON 790  in consultation with the program adviser. ECON 401 Mathematical Methods in Economics  may be substituted for one of these courses, and ECON 419 Advanced Econometrics  may be substituted for the other. (These three courses are applicable toward graduate credit.)

Four Units of Thesis: The thesis must be acceptable to both the faculty of the law school and the faculty of the Department of Economics.

Thirty-nine Units of Law Courses: including one course in a subject matter related to economics (including but not necessarily limited to Taxation, International Business Transactions, Antitrust Law I, Regulated Industries, Labor Law, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy, Corporate Taxation or Land Use). In addition to the LSAT, students interested in this dual degree program are required to take the aptitude and advanced economic portions of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

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