The Brandeis School of Law of the University of Louisville is accredited by the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. It prepares graduates for the general practice of law and for a wide range of specialties. The School’s chosen specialty of family law is one of particular interest to ministerial students. The Brandeis School of Law offers qualified graduates the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Like the M.Div., this normally is awarded after the completion of six full semesters of resident study. The Double Degree Program will allow qualified students to complete both degree programs in about five calendar years.
The Seminary accepts the JD work of its students as the equivalent of 27 credit hours or one year of seminary study. This work is registered in the Seminary’s curricular Area C.
Dual degree students must complete 63 hours of work at the Seminary, normally four semesters of 12 credit hours each, and two January terms of three hours each and two summer terms of 3 credits each. Within these 63 hours, students will complete at least a 25-hour distribution in Area A, and 20 hours in Area B. Fifteen credit hours must be taken from Area C, which includes Practical Theology in Congregations, Basic Preaching, and two Area C Electives. Four units of field education and the Statement of Faith and Ministry or Senior Seminar must also be completed. All students are required to take Transforming Seminary Education in August as they begin their Seminary training.
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law currently requires 90 semester hours and the equivalent of at least six semesters for its degree. Nine hours from Louisville Seminary may be counted toward the 90 hours required. These nine hours must be completed after beginning law school. Courses for law school credit taken at Louisville Seminary must have the prior approval of the law school Dean and must be in such areas as ethics, communications, counseling, or administration.
Dual degree students will take 54 credit hours of theological courses before beginning law school and nine credit hours after beginning law school, approved by the Dean of the law school.
Students must write and defend their Statement of Faith and Ministry or complete the Senior Seminar in the last semester of law school, thus integrating studies in the two schools.
Participants in the Dual Degree Program ordinarily apply to the Brandeis School of Law in the early fall of the seminary year prior to entry into law the following summer or fall. It is recommended that the LSAT be taken as early as possible. Admission to the Seminary does not guarantee entry into the Brandeis School of Law.