Program Coordinator: Professor James Wulach

The dual-degree program collaboration between John Jay College and the CUNY School of Law is a perfect fit between institutions.  As a premier public interest law school, CUNY Law endeavors to graduate outstanding attorneys committed to representing underserved populations and promoting social justice, and to educate and support individuals from communities historically denied access to the legal profession.  The law school’s two-pronged mission is encapsulated by its motto, “Law in the Service of Human Needs.”  John Jay College’s mission is to educate fierce advocates for justice.  That theme of educating for justice imbues all of the College’s programs with a unified commitment to the public good.  The M.A. Program in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College specializes in psychology as it relates to law and the courts.  Thus, a combined mission of “Law in the service of human and psychological needs, fiercely advocating for justice” encapsulates the theme of the joint-degree program.  The program design facilitates graduation with both degrees in four years instead of the five years it would typically take if the programs were pursued independently.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum is composed of a combined total of 130 credits, including 42 credits for the completion of the M.A. Program in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College, and 88 credits for the completion of the J.D. Program at CUNY Law School.  However, 12 law school credits from CUNY Law will be credited both towards the J.D. and the M.A. Program (“transfer credits”).  Likewise, 12 M.A. credits from the John Jay Forensic Psychology Program will be credited also to the CUNY Law J.D. program.  Consequently, due to the 24 transfer credits applied in the dual degree program, the actual number of credits taken will be 106, resulting in graduation for full-time students in four years instead of five. 

Required Courses

Required  courses in the Forensic Psychology M.A. Program at John Jay College (30 credits; see breakdown below)

Required M.A . courses (24 credits):

  • Counseling & Psychotherapy Methods (PSY 760), or Clinical Interviewing & Assessment (PSY761)
  • Human Growth and Development (PSY 731), or Theories of Personality and Counseling (PSY 741)
  • Intermediate Statistics in the Social Sciences (PSY 769)
  • Mental Health Professionals, Social Science, and the Law (PSY 700)
  • Psychopathology (PSY 745)
  • Research Design & Methods (PSY 715)
  • Two Testing Courses (PSY 734, 751, 752, 753 or 779)


M.A. Supervised Externship OR Thesis Prospectus  (3 credits):

  • Fieldwork in Counseling I (PSY 780) OR
  • Prospectus Seminar (PSY 791)


Forensic Elective (3 credits; choose one):

  • Empirical Profiling Methods (PSY 746)
  • Eyewitness Identification (PSY 727)
  • Mental Health Issues in Policing (PSY 726)
  • Projective Personality Assessment (PSY 752)
  • Social Science Evidence in Court (PSY 718)
  • Social Psychology & the Legal System (PSY 720) OR 
  • Any additional course offered by the Forensic Psychology MA Program.


Required  courses in the J.D. Program at CUNY Law School (76 creditssee breakdown below)

First year courses (30 credits):

  • Contracts I (Law 701) (3 cr.)
  • Contracts II (Law 702) (3 cr.)
  • Civil Procedure (Law 709) (3 cr.)
  • Criminal Law (Law 7131) (2/3 cr.).
  • Law & Family Relations (Law 7161) (2 cr.)
  • Lawyering Seminar I (Law 7004) (4 cr.)
  • Lawyering Seminar II (Law 7005) (4 cr.)
  • Legal Research (Law 705) (2 cr.)
  • Liberty, Equality, and Due Process (Law 7043) (3 cr.)
  • Torts (Law 7141) (3 cr.)


Second and Third year courses (25 credits):

  • Administrative Law:  Public Institutions (Law 7251) (3 cr.)
  • Constitutional Structures (Law 7193) (3 cr.)
  • Evidence in the Public Interest (Law 7792) (4 cr.)
  • Lawyering Seminar (Law 825) (4 cr.)
  • Mastery of Core Doctrine (Law 779) + ALA (5 cr.)  
  • Professional Responsibility (738) (2 cr.)
  • Property (Law 7151) (4 cr.)


Clinic or Practicum (12 credits)

Bar Elective J.D. Courses (9 or more credits):

  • Students must choose additional elective law school courses in administrative law, externship and clinic settings, constitutional law, criminal law, history, philosophy, sociology and theory of law, international law, professional skills, public interest law, and tort law.  
  • Course offerings vary somewhat from semester to semester, and the full list of course offerings are available online through the CUNYfirst course registration system.