Director: Assistant Dean Sara Faherty (sara.faherty@utoronto.ca)

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.

Requirements

  1. In the first year of the program students complete all first year courses in place at the Faculty of Law.
  2. In the second 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:
    • 3 core courses:
      FIS 1210H - Information and Its Social Context
      FIS 1230H - Management of Information Organizations
      FIS 1240 H - Research Methods
    • 4 required courses in the stream of their choice
    • 1 elective course in the M.I. Program at the Faculty of Information
  3. 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 at the 2000 level in the Faculty of Information.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Note:

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

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 for the Combined Program will be as follows: 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 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).

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.

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Admission Requirements

Students applying to the JD/MI program must be admitted to both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information Studies. As such, candidates must satisfy the admission requirements of both faculties independently, and all applicants must complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and all admission requirements of the Faculty of Information Studies. A separate application to each Faculty must also be submitted.

Students who are in the first year of either the JD or the Master of Information Studies program may apply for admission to the combined JD/MI program by meeting the normal application and admission requirements for the other faculty and notifying their faculty registrar.

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Contact Information

To apply to the JD Program at the Faculty of Law, see Application Procedure for the JD Program on this Web site.
 
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.admissions@utoronto.ca

For information about applying to the Masters of Information program, contact:

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@fis.utoronto.ca
Web site: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/

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