Slavic and Eurasian Studies

J.D. Law/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

This dual degree program is designed for those students who wish to study law and Russian, East European and Eurasian issues in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner. Students who expect to be involved in government service or legal practices with a Eastern European focus could benefit from this program.

The University of Texas is well positioned to offer a program of this nature. The Law School has long been considered to have one of the best faculties in the nation. Professors affiliated with the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies are recognized world-wide for their resources. The Tarlton Law Library is sixth largest academic law library in the United States.

Program Structure 

A student admitted to the Dual Degree Program must complete the normal first-year coursework at the School of Law during the first year of the program. This must be done before taking any courses relating to the Dual Degree Program.  No language coursework or courses pertaining to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (or other coursework beyond the normal first-year coursework of the JD program) may be taken in the first year of Law School.  Both degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of all requirements of the Dual Degree Program. Therefore, students should arrange their course schedules so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in the same semester. Generally speaking, a student with the requisite language background can obtain both degrees in eight semesters.  Students will complete 86 hours of coursework in the Law School and an additional 30-33 hours connected with the CREEES degree.

For Law School requirements, please check with the Law School Graduate Coordinator. These may include:

  • 8 core courses and one elective taken in the first year
  • one course on either Criminal Procedure (Investigation or Prosecution) or Constitional Law II
  • one course on Professional Responsibility
  • one Writing Seminar in Law
  • one professional skills course each year
  • additional electives

For Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies MA Degree requirements: Click here

Additional Information

If you are interested in the Law / CREEES dual degree program, you should consult the UT Law School webpage.


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    2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600
    Burdine Hall 452
    Austin, TX 78712
    512–471–3607