The combined BA Honors Specialization MIT/JD program is administered on behalf of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (Media, Information and Technoculture) and the Faculty of Law by the two administrators (Program Directors), one of whom is appointed by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the other by the Faculty of Law. The combined program allows students to complete both the JD and BA Honors Specialization – Media, Information and Technoculture degrees in six academic years instead of the seven years required if the degrees were taken separately.
Successful applicants to the combined program will enter first-year Law after completing three years of the Honors BA, Honors Specialization in MIT.
Admission to the Combined Program
Applicants to the combined program will apply in the third year of the Honors Specialization in MIT to the Associate Dean of FIMS in advance of the deadline established by the Faculty. A separate application must also be submitted to the Faculty of Law in accordance with the submission deadlines advertised in the University of Western Ontario Academic Calendar, indicating the student's intention to pursue the combined program. To be eligible for the combined program, students must have a cumulative, weighted average of 80% in their first three years of the Honors Specialization in MIT. In addition, candidates must meet the minimum LSAT requirement established by the Law School Admissions Committee and be admitted to the Faculty of Law.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a position in the combined program.
Completion of all first-year requirements in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies with no failures. For admission into the Honors Specialization in MIT, students must have an average of at
least 72% in 4.0 principal courses, with no mark in any principle course below 60%, and a minimum grade of 70% in each of MIT 1200F/G, 1500F/G and 1700F/G.
Students must take:
• 2.0 courses: MIT 2000F/G, 2100F/G, 2200F/G, 2500A/BNote: MIT 2020F/G and MIT 2021F/G are strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing the combined program.
• 0.5 course: Writing 2121F/G
• 1.0 MIT course at the 2000 level or above
• 1.5 options at the 2000 level or above
Students must take:
• 1.0 course: MIT 3000A/B, 3100F/GYear Four
• 2.0 MIT courses at the 2000 level or above
• 2.0 options at the 2000 level or above
Students must take first-year Law. No courses outside of Law may be taken during this year.
Years Five and Six
(a) the two compulsory upper-year Law courses;
(b) at least three Law core-group courses;
(c) additional Law courses totaling at least 25 credit hours, of which one course must have an essay requirement of at least two credit weights;
(d) 3.0 MIT courses at the 2000 level or above, including at least 0.5 at the 4030-4049 level.
Once admitted to the combined program, students must meet the regular progression requirements of both Faculties. Students must maintain a B average in their Law courses and meet the general regulations pertaining to progression and graduation requirements for the Honors BA.
A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, if that student has met the progression standards of either the MIT or JD program, he or she will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If that student has satisfied the progression standards of both individual programs, he or she may continue in either program and may petition the Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to
complete that program at a later date.
A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and continues with either or both of the individual programs must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or programs in order to graduate from that program or those programs.
Students enrolled in the combined program may be eligible in Years Five or Six for an exchange program offered only through the Faculty of Law. This will require advanced planning with both Faculties.
Dean's Honor List
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies in Years One, Two and Three. In the Year Four, they are considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Law. A student who takes Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in each of Years Five and Six of the program is considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Law in each of those years on the basis of those courses. In the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, students may be eligible for the Dean's Honor List in Years Five and Six.
Graduation with Distinction
Eligibility to graduate with distinction for each degree is determined by each Faculty.
Students in the combined program are eligible to be considered for the Gold Medal in either or both degree programs, along with other eligible graduating students in those programs, as determined by the requirements in each Faculty.
Tuition fees for the combined programs are set by the University. Contact the Office of the Registrar, Western Student Services building, RM 1120, 519-661-2100, or at www.registrar.uwo.ca for details.