The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law offers students a variety of avenues by which to pursue formal education in the interdisciplinary field of law and psychology. The appropriate law and psychology training method depends on several factors, including the student's desired level of exposure to the field of law and psychology, demonstrated qualifications and aptitude for entering the field and career goals.
Law and Psychology J.D./Ph.D. Program
The Law and Psychology J.D./Ph.D. Program is a joint venture between the College of Law and the ASU Department of Psychology. The focus of this program is on the analysis and improvement of law and public policy. Students admitted to this highly selective program pursue a unique curriculum consisting of a portion of the traditional law curriculum, a portion of the psychology Ph.D. curriculum, and a specially designed set of courses, research, and teaching at the intersection of law and psychology. Upon completing the program, students receive both a Ph.D. in psychology and the J.D., and are trained to do research on and shape law and public policy from a position in academia, research institutions or the government. The program normally takes six to seven years.
Further information on the J.D./Ph.D. Program is available at: http://lawpsych.asu.edu/.
M.L.S. (Master of Legal Studies) Program
Psychologists and psychology graduate students who are interested in learning about the law and the legal system, but not to the extent of earning a J.D., can enter the M.L.S. program at any stage during their professional career or graduate studies. The M.L.S. would be an appropriate choice for a student who does not intend to practice law, but instead contemplates doing serious law-related empirical research, expects to do applied work in a forensic or other law-related setting, or has similar interests that would be served by studying law. The M.L.S. can be earned in two semesters of full-time study or can be spread out over a longer period.
More information on the M.L.S. program.
Law, Science & Innovation Center J.D. Certificate Program
The Behavioral Sciences Certificate in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation's J.D. Certificate Program enables qualified J.D. candidates to pursue an emphasis in law and psychology within the traditional law curriculum by taking a substantial number of their elective courses in the field. The certificate program is well-suited to persons who intend to practice law and would like to obtain practical psycho-legal skills (e.g., effective negotiation techniques) and a conceptual understanding of psychology as it relates to law and legal procedure.
More information on the LS&T Certificate Program.
The 2009 Second Biennial Willard H. Pedrick Speaker Series:
Social Science & Legal Policy
This series was held during the Spring 2009 semester. More information...