Director: Assistant Dean Sara Faherty (

Legal issues are at the forefront of the changes currently transforming Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Combined JD/MA (European and Russian Affairs) Program in partnership with the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy enables students interested in these issues to combine their law degree with intensive study of this region.

The program permits the completion of both degrees in four years rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently. In the first year of the program, students complete all first year courses at the Faculty of Law. In the three combined upper years, students fulfill the compulsory requirements of the upper years of the JD and the course requirements for the combined program.


  1. In the first year of the program students complete all first year courses at the Faculty of Law. 
  2. In the following three years of combined study, students:
       a. Take 45 credits in the Faculty of Law.  Starting in 2024, students will need 46 upper year credits in Law. Students graduating in 2023 are strongly encouraged to complete 46 upper year credits, but 45 will be accepted.
       b. Satisfy the compulsory requirements of the JD, including the moot, an International/ Comparative/Transnational Perspective (ICT) course and a Perspective Course - see JD Degree Requirements in the Academic Handbook;
       c. Take 10 half courses at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES)
       d. Take one of:
                    i. 2 further half courses in CERES, or
                   ii. 6 credits in law, or
                  iii. a combination of 1 half course in CERES and 3 credits in law
  3. During the second year students take at least 4 half courses at CERES. 
  4. Take the CERES research seminar (ERE 2000). 
  5. Reading competence must be demonstrated before the beginning of the final year in one of the region's languages, pertinent to the research undertaken by the student for the major research paper in ERE2000Y.

Students will also be encouraged to spend a summer working in a country of the region as CERES Summer Interns.

Students in years 2 - 4 of the program must submit their course selections to the program co-ordinators from law and CERES for approval.

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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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

Application forms for the MA Program may be obtained from:

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7
Tel: (416) 946-8938
Fax: (416) 946-8939
Web site:

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