Juris Doctor/Master of Information (JD/MI) combined program

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About the JD/MI program

The combined JD/MI program is designed for students who wish to combine graduate training in information studies with a degree in law.

The JD/MI Combined Program allows a student to complete two degree programs within a reduced timeframe of four years. It is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

At the completion of the four-year integrated program, the successful candidate is awarded both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Information degrees, which, if taken separately, would require five years of study.

Students may start in either degree program.

Program requirements

  1. Years 1 and 2 may be taken in reverse order.
     
  2. In the first year of the program students complete the following courses (or any courses that may be substituted in the future) currently in place at the Faculty of Information:
    • Core courses:
      INF1005H Information workshop
      INF1006H Information workshop
       
    • 5 required courses (2.5 FCEs) in the concentration of their choice. Alternatively, students may choose to do the General Program Option, see http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/mi
      Students doing the JD/MI combined program cannot do a thesis under the MI part of the program
       
    • 2 elective courses (1.0 FCE) in the MI program at the Faculty of Information
       
  3. In the second year of the program students complete all first year courses in place at the Faculty of Law.
     
  4. In the third and fourth years of the program, students, with the approval of the Director of the Combined Program, must complete a combination of courses totaling at least:
    • 45 credits in the Faculty of Law, and
    • 6 half courses (3.0 FCEs) at the Faculty of Information.
       
  5. Ordinarily, students may not take any courses for credit outside the Faculties of Law and Information unless they first have, in advance, the written permission of the Director of the Combined Program.
     
  6. Students must obtain at least a Pass standing upon completion of the first year in law and at least a B+ standing upon completion of the first year in Information to be eligible to continue in the program.

Course selection deadlines

Notwithstanding the Faculty of Information's course selection process, students must meet the Faculty of Law course selection deadline.

JD/MI students may NOT take both INF2133: Legal Literature and Librarianship and LAW307– Advanced Legal Research, Analysis & Writing, due to the potential similarities between the courses, unless written permission has been granted by the Director of the Combined Program

Students must submit their proposed course selections for years three and four of the program to the Director of the Combined JD/MI program prior to the applicable course selection deadlines in each year in each Faculty. Any changes must also be approved by the Director.

Tuition

In the first and second years of the Combined Programs, students shall pay the applicable tuition in force at either Law or Information, as the case may be.

In the third and fourth years of the Combined Program when students are taking a combination of courses from both Law and Information, students shall pay the applicable tuition in force at Law for each of the third and fourth years.

Grading

Grading for students in the combined program will be the applicable grading scheme in force at the time for each of Law and Information (for example, students in the Combined Program taking Law courses will be graded according to the grading scheme at Law and students in the Combined Program taking Information courses will be graded according to the grading scheme at Information).

Graduation

Students enrolled in joint programs MUST complete the requirements of both programs in order to graduate in a joint program. No diplomas will be awarded until all the requirements for a joint program are fulfilled.

Contact Information

To apply to the JD Program at the Faculty of Law, see Application Procedure for the JD Program

For more information about this combined program, contact the:

Admissions Office
Faculty of Law
University of Toronto
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2C5
Telephone: (416) 978-3716
Fax: (416) 978-7899
E-mail: law [dot] admissionsatutoronto [dot] ca
 

Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
Telephone: (416) 978-3234
Fax: (416) 978-5762
E-mail: inquire [dot] ischoolatutoronto [dot] ca
Web site: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/