Joint PhD/JD Program

The Psychology PhD may be completed jointly with a doctor of law (JD) from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Prospective students must apply to and be accepted by both the Psychology PhD program and the University of Minnesota Law School (either during the same admission cycle or in a different year). Admitted students work closely with the joint program’s director, Eugene Borgida (, to craft an individualized plan of study. Participants typically complete the requirements for both degrees in six years (timelines and requirements vary by area of specialization).

Joint program information

Psychology PhD alumni who completed the dual program include:

  • Erik Girvan, Associate Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Andrea Miller, Senior Court Research Associate, National Center for State Courts
  • Lauren Clatch, Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Law and Science, Duke University Law School
  • Wen Bu, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Roanoke College