4.17.03 Application for the Joint J.D./M.T.S. Program A. Students enrolled in the Seminary or the Law School may seek the assistance of the program advisors on each faculty. Prospective students not currently enrolled at Capital University Law School or Trinity Lutheran Seminary may request additional information about the joint degree program from either:
B. Persons who desire to enroll in the joint program should thoroughly read the Law School's and the Seminary's materials prior to scheduling a conference with the joint program advisor in either school. A student who is already enrolled in one school should first talk with that school's advisor. C. Admission into the M.T.S. program requires filing the admission application, together with all other requirements as provided in the Seminary Catalog to the seminary. Admission into the J.D. program requires completing and filing the Law School admission application and the reported results of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), together with all other requirements as provided in the Law School view book. 1. The LSAT examination, required by the Law School, is administered several times each year. However, the examinations are not given at the same time, or in the same location. Prospective students should consult the admission office of the Law School or its publications for further information. 2. The joint degree applicant must complete two applications, submit required standardized test scores, pay two application fees, and file a joint degree application with both schools. 3. Because each school admits students separately, admission into either program does not signify or predict admissibility into the other. D. A prospective student not already enrolled in either school may apply to both schools at the same time and so indicate by filing a joint degree application with each school. However, the student must elect to start either the M.T.S. or the JD program first and complete the “basic requirements” (courses) of that program prior to taking courses in the second program. An M.T.S. student has met the basic requirements after completing 40 quarter hours of course work at the seminary. Normally, this is achieved in one year as a full-time student. The “basic requirements” (courses) of the JD program are the 29 credit hours of the full-time first year Law School curriculum plus Constitutional Law II and Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction, which takes a year and a half if enrolled as a full-time student and two years if enrolled as a part-time student. The applicant is advised to start the law program first, unless first having begun the M.T.S. program before entry into law school. E. A student enrolled in one program may apply for admission into the other program as outlined in the relevant admissions materials of that school. Also, a joint degree application must be filed with the Registrar of each school. 1. As indicated above, admission into one program does not signify admissibility into the other program. In order to be admitted into the second program, the student must be in good academic standing in the first program and meet all admission requirements of the second program. 2. A current student in either program may apply to be a joint student by notifying the faculty advisor or, in the case of the Law School, the Dean or Dean’s delegate, and Registrar of the school in which the student is enrolled, and then applying for admission to the other school. Because the student is already enrolled in one program, the student ordinarily must complete the “basic requirements” of the program already begun prior to starting courses in the other program. F. Occasionally, an applicant to the joint J.D./M.T.S. program seeks to apply, as transfer credit, course work taken at another law school or another seminary program. Each program determines how many transfer credits it will accept from another institution. 1. The Seminary accepts up to 44 credit hours of transfer credit from another accredited M.T.S. program. However, a course taken at another institution and accepted for transfer credit by the Seminary cannot be used to satisfy the credit hours that the Law School accepts from the Seminary for credit toward the JD degree. 2. The Law School accepts up to 43 credit hours of transfer credit from another American Bar Association accredited law school. The Law School requires all law students to complete a minimum of 43 credit hours at the law school (exclusive of transfer credits or credits earned at other schools with whom the Law School offers a joint degree program). A course taken at another institution and accepted for transfer credit by the Law School cannot be used to satisfy the credit hours that the Seminary accepts from the Law School for credit toward the M.T.S. degree.
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