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MES/JD joint program

The Master in Environmental Studies/ Juris Doctor program is the first and only program of its kind in Canada, bringing together one of Canada’s top law schools with one of its most innovative environmental studies faculties. Through cutting edge interdisciplinary teaching and research in Law and Environmental Studies, the program provides insight into the ways in which humans define, manage, and transform their environments, and equips students with the knowledge and tools to participate in that process.

Offering students the opportunity to earn a Master in Environmental Studies (MES) at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and a JD degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in four years, the MES/JD program encourages students to integrate these two critical fields and prepares them for a range of careers in environmental affairs, law, and planning, including positions in private law firms, government, business corporations and the non-profit sector. 

Students in the MES/JD program spend their first year full-time in either faculty, and their second year full-time in the first year program of the other faculty. The first year MES program is comprised of three consecutive terms, while the first year JD program is comprised of two terms with the summer term off. In the third and fourth years, students enrol full-time in the JD program for the fall and winter terms, and spend the summer after third year full-time in the MES program working on the MES major research paper, project or thesis.

Applicants to the joint program must apply and be accepted into both programs separately. Students may apply to both programs simultaneously, or during their first year in either program. For detailed information regarding application deadlines and admissions requirements see the Osgoode and Faculty of Environmental Studies admissions pages. 

For complete details on the MES/JD Joint Program, please see the MES/JD Joint Program Handbook.