4.17 The J.D.M.T.S. Joint Degree Program of Capital University Law School and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

  • 4.17.01 Introduction

    In 2001, the faculties of the Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the Capital University Law School agreed to create a joint degree program to enable students to complete both degrees with a substantial reduction in total credit hours. Full participation in the program makes it possible for the student to complete the two degrees by taking (1) 67 quarter (45 semester) credit hours of required and elective courses specified by Trinity Lutheran Seminary and (2) 78 semester (117 quarter) credit hours of required and elective courses specified by the Law School. Without the joint program, a student would have to complete prerequisite courses and at least 88 quarter (59 semester) credit hours in the Seminary and 89 semester (133 quarter) credit hours in the Law School. Thus, through participation in the joint program the student's hourly requirement is decreased by 29 quarter (22 semester) credit hours.
  • 4.17.02 Advantages of the Joint J.D./M.T.S. Program

    A graduate with a J.D./M.T.S. is exceptionally well prepared to deal with the complex ethical questions of our time. The knowledge and skills gained through simultaneous study in theology and law will provide an interdisciplinary base for understanding these and other issues in the broadest possible context, and is particularly useful for persons seeking to work in the public policy arena or with religiously based organizations. 
  • 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: 
     
     

    Office of the Dean Admissions Office
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary                          Capital University Law School
    2199 East Main Street 303 East Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  43209 Columbus, OH  43215
    (614) 236-6378 (614) 236-6310
      email:  admission@law.capital.edu 
      website:  www.law.capital.edu 


    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. 
     

     

  • 4.17.04 Period of Enrollment

    A. The J.D. degree can be earned in three years as a full-time student or four years including three summers as a part-time student. It is possible for a student to accelerate completion of the J.D. degree by one semester. The M.T.S. degree can be earned in two years as a full-time student. A full-time joint degree student can complete the joint J.D./M.T.S. degree in four years and three summers. A part-time joint degree student can complete both degrees within five and a half years. A student pursuing this degree should meet with the advisor to each program to develop a course plan of study.

    B. The Law School requires that the student complete the JD program within six years from the term in which the student is first enrolled. The combined J.D./M.T.S. may be completed within six years with prior planning. Since a student may complete one degree ahead of the other, there is no need to waive the six year requirement if a student wants to extend the time on pursuing the joint degree. Waivers rarely are granted by the Law School, and then only because of extraordinary circumstances, and only for one year.
  •  4.17.05 The Program of Study

    A. The Seminary offers its M.T.S. program on both a full and part-time basis during the day, with occasional evening classes and regular summer school offerings in June. The Law School offers the JD degree on both a full-time day or part-time day or evening basis. Several elective courses at the law school are only available during the evening.

    B. With permission of both advisors, a student may, on occasion, take both law and seminary courses during the same semester, providing all “basic requirements” for both programs have been fulfilled. Simultaneous enrollment in the Seminary and the Law School usually is permitted if all prerequisites have been completed.

    1. This means that the student must have completed at least 40 quarter hours of credit of the M.T.S. program and (2) the 29 semester credit hours of the full-time first year Law School curriculum plus Constitutional Law II and Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction (a year and a half if enrolled as a full-time law student and two years as a part-time student) before the student may begin to take classes concurrently at both the Seminary and the Law School.

    2. However, the full-time student may never take concurrently more than 16 semester-credit hours (or its equivalent in quarter hours) in both programs in the same semester. The part-time law student, after completing the “basic requirements”, may take courses concurrently in both schools, but is prohibited from taking concurrently more than 11 semester-credit hours (or its equivalent in quarter hours) in both programs at any given time. During summer sessions, the joint degree candidate may not take more than eight semester-credit hours concurrently as a full-time student or six semester-credit hours as a part-time degree student, without the express written permission of the Dean of the Law School or their Delegate and the Academic Dean of the Seminary. (Limitations imposed here are based on academic pedagogy and ABA accreditation standards.)

    3. A student who has completed the “basic requirements” of the M.T.S and has completed the part-time first year law program may take appropriate summer session courses in the M.T.S. program, the law program, or both with permission from the Dean of the Law School or their delegate.

    C. Joint degree students registered only in one school should communicate periodically with the other school. Each school's Registrar automatically will continue to mail registration materials to the joint degree candidate until it is determined that the candidate no longer wishes to receive them. It is the joint degree student's responsibility to notify both the Law School Office of Records and Registration and the Registrar for Trinity Lutheran Seminary of changes in either their permanent or local mailing address.

    D. The joint degree student may complete both course requirements together, or complete one ahead of the other. Because each school grants academic credit for some courses successfully completed in the other school:

    1. To be eligible to receive the J.D. degree, the joint degree student must successfully complete 40 quarter credit hours in the M.T.S. program, of which 12 (8 semester) quarter hours are courses approved as joint degree credit, and all other J.D. degree requirements.

    2. To be eligible to receive the M.T.S. degree, the joint degree student must successfully complete 40 semester credit hours in the law program, of which 16 (24 quarter) semester hours are courses approved as joint degree credit, and all other M.T.S. degree requirements.
    The joint degree student must notify the registrar of each school at the appropriate time to receive the degree awarded by each. Degrees are presented at the respective commencements of the two schools.
  • 4.17.06 Definition and Operation of Joint Degree Credit

    A. The M.T.S. program accepts 16 semester (24 quarter) credit hours of law work (joint degree credit) for its required 88 quarter credit hours to complete the M.T.S. The JD program accepts 12 quarter (8 semester) credit hours (joint degree credit) of M.T.S. work for its 86 required credit hours to complete the JD. The courses in the Law School that can be used for joint degree credit towards the M.T.S. and the courses in the M.T.S. program that can be used for joint degree credit towards the JD are subject to the approval of the academic dean at the respective school. A joint degree student should discuss with the appropriate academic dean as to whether the course is acceptable as joint degree credit.

    B. The academic retention rules of the M.T.S. program and the Law School program may differ, and interested students are advised to consult with the appropriate advisor.

    1. The law student must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average to remain in the law program. Because a C grade or better is considered acceptable at the Law School, a C grade or better earned in a course at the Law School that satisfies the requirements for joint degree credit may be counted for joint degree credit.

    2. The M.T.S. student is required to remain in good academic standing at the Seminary, according to the standards provided for in the Seminary catalogue. Trinity’s grading system is pass-fail but allows students to elect to receive a passing grade. A joint degree student is required to receive and must request a letter grade for any course to be used for joint degree credit. Because a C or better and is an acceptable grade at the Seminary, a grade of C earned in a course at the Seminary that satisfies the requirements for joint degree credit will be counted for joint degree

    C. Accreditation standards prohibit either program from using transfer credit that has been achieved at a substandard level.

    D. A student enrolled in the J.D./M.T.S. program will have two official transcripts, one from each program. In order to have a complete record, it will be necessary for a joint degree student to request both transcripts.

    1. Credits earned in the law program that satisfy the requirements for joint degree credit, will appear on the Law School transcript by course title consistent with Law School policy. Those same credits, following an appropriate footnote, will be listed on the Seminary transcript.

    2. Credits earned in the M.T.S. program that satisfy the requirements for joint degree credit, will appear on the M.T.S. transcript by course title consistent with Seminary policies. Those same credits, following an appropriate footnote, will be listed on the Law School transcript by course title and credit hour. The letter grades will not be averaged into the Law School cumulative grade point average. 
  • 4.17.07 Graduation Requirements

    Each joint degree candidate must satisfy the graduation requirements of each school. Graduation requirements may be found in each school’s bulletin or catalogue. 
  • 4.17.08 The Bar Examination

    To be admitted to the practice of law, most states require the successful completion of that state's bar examination. Bar examinations are usually given at least once, and often, as in Ohio, twice a year. A student should consult with the Supreme Court or the Board of Bar Examiners of the appropriate state about requirements to sit for that state's bar examination. Ohio allows a person to sit for the bar examination upon certification from the Law School Office of Records and Registration that the student has completed all requirements for the degree.
      
  • 4.17.09 Curriculum

    Master of Theological Studies
    Required Core Courses (37-38 Eight Quarter Hours)
    ID1001 Introduction to Theological Studies

    Bible Division Courses
    BL1021 Old Testament I
    BL1022 Old Testament II
    BL1041 New Testament I
    BL1042 New Testament II

    History Theology Society Division
    HTS1041 Systematic Theology I
    HTS1042 Systematic Theology II
    HTS2031 Lutheran Identity
    Or HTS2032 Reformed Identity
    Or HTS2033 African American Church Heritage
    Or HTS2034 Denomination Heritage
    HTS3031 Being Lutheran in America
    Or HTS3032 Denominational History

    Ministry Division
    MN1031 Ministry of Worship
    Or MN 2041 Ministry of Education
    Or one of the Arts Option Courses

    Elective Courses
    50 51 Quarter hours of Elective courses, including 8 semester hours of approved course work from Capital University Law School. At least 32 quarter hours of elective courses must be in an area of concentration such as theological ethics. Elective courses may include focused independent studies.

    Language
    The student may be required to take Greek, Hebrew or to show proficiency in another language depending on the student's course of study.

    Thesis Substitute
    Students may in lieu of elective courses complete a 6
    quarter hour thesis. See Seminary Catalogue.

    Juris Doctor

    J.D. Required Courses


    Contracts I and II 6 hours
    Property I and II 5
    Torts I and II 5
    Criminal Law 3
    Legal Research and Writing 4
    Constitutional Law I & II 6
    Civil Procedure: Rules 3
    Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction 3
    Evidence 4
    Federal Personal Income Tax 3
    Professional Responsibility 2

    Electives
    Forty-two hours of elective courses of which 12 quarter hours (8 semester hours) may be met from approved course work from Trinity Lutheran Seminary as joint degree credits.

    Perspective Requirement
    All students are required to take a course that exposes students to the philosophy of law or to a comparative nature of legal systems. Perspective courses are listed in the registration materials for each term.

    Upper-class Writing
    All students are required to prepare an in depth research paper prior to graduation. (See Law School Manual of Policies and Procedures)
    Residency Requirements