Three benefits of a dual degree in psychology and law
The study of psychology and law are not so different from one another. Both intersect our daily lives; both seek to grasp the complexities of human behavior—and influence it for the better. So, when deciding to advance your career in one of these fields, it may be beneficial to consider earning a dual degree that offers an opportunity to explore, understand, and combine both.
From enhanced career possibilities to innovative programs, here are three reasons why a dual-degree program pairing your psychology and legal degree may be right for you.
- It expands your education
It’s common for students seeking an advanced degree to waver between multiple areas of study. Dual-degree programs solve this by combining two disciplines into one education experience. The outcome is earning not one, but two master’s degrees while saving time and money.
One example is a dual degree program that pairs forensic psychology, which explores the intersection of psychology and law, with a master of legal studies (MLS) degree. The latter program goes much further into an examination of the American legal system than could be accomplished with studying forensic psychology on its own—thus, coursework in both disciplines complement each other while having access to psychology faculty and law school professors.
- You gain a fresh perspective
Both psychology and law deal with human behavior. Psychology seeks to understand it; law seeks to apply that understanding in the development of rules and regulations. A dual degree offers a chance to study both perspectives, ultimately enhancing your comprehension of each individual subject by recognizing the relationship they share.
For example, pairing a industrial/organizational psychology and master of legal studies program enables you to develop diagnostic and consultative skills that are used in professional environments to increase employee performance and address challenges in the workplace while giving you the confidence to better understand and face potential legal concerns.
Overall, the ability to understand and exhibit expertise from multiple perspectives positions you to be a more effective leader.
- It expands your employment opportunities
According to the American Psychology-Law Society, the job market for those versed in the disciplines of psychology and the law is expected to grow over the next decade. Meanwhile, industrial/organizational psychology professionals continue to be in demand.
Our innovative dual-degree programs pairing industrial/organizational psychology or forensic psychology degree with a master of legal studies degree can provide you a broad range of advancement opportunities through specializing in many of these unique, exciting, and growing fields. Upon graduating from one of these dual-degree programs, your career could include any combination of the following:
- Legal research consulting
- Development of investigative procedures for law enforcement
- Evaluation of law and policy formation
- Teaching, training, or supervising in a department of an interdisciplinary institute
A dual degree can be one of the most flexible tools for a career opportunity, broadening your appeal to a wide range of potential employers.
Discover a program that’s right for you
A dual degree is a unique opportunity to integrate the study of multiple disciplines into your education, especially when combining the foundations of law with the clinical expertise of a psychology education.
For this reason, we’ve developed flexible and affordable dual degree programs in partnership with The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. If you are seeking to study law or psychology, don’t miss the opportunity to combine both fields and maximize your education while enhancing your career.
Explore our dual degree options below:
- M.A. Forensic Psychology, Non-Licensure Track / Master of Legal Studies
- M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Applied Research Track / Master of Legal Studies
- M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology / Master of Legal Studies
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