Since each student will require a different number of CDM prerequisites and each student will select courses based on semester/quarter availability, any particular curriculum might be different from the sample curriculum shown. All joint degree students will be encouraged to select courses with the assistance of Joint Degree program advisors at both the LawSchool and CDM.
Students must complete the regular first year JD program before being admitted to the Joint Degree. The second and third years might consist of three law courses in Fall Semester and two law courses in Spring Semester as well as one CDM course Fall Quarter, two CDM courses Winter Quarter, and two CDM courses Spring Quarter. The fourth year might consist of three law courses Fall Semester, one CDM course Fall Quarter, three CDM courses Winter Quarter, and three CDM courses Spring Quarter. This schedule allows for completion of the JD as well as completion of 14 CDM courses (the MS program plus four prerequisite courses). It is possible that, because of prerequisite coursework, the program may take some students more than four years.
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
- The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
- The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
- The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.
All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.
|CSC 211 Programming in Java I |
|CSC 212 Programming in Java II |
|IT 263 Applied Networks and Security |
|ECT 425 Technical Fundamentals of Distributed Information Systems |
|CSC 449 Database Technologies |
|ECT 433 Survey of Web Programming Technologies |
|ECT 455 E-Commerce Web Site Engineering |
|IS 425 Enterprise Information |
|IS 511 Social Issues of Computing |
|TDC 477 Network Security |
Students must complete 2
CDM major electives in the 420-699 range.
Students must complete 12
additional graduate quarter hours fulfilled by courses from the IP Certificate. These courses will also be counted toward the JD degree.
Students must complete a culminating thesis. A culminating thesis is an independent research article that demonstrates a student's ability to integrate both technical expertise and legal knowledge. Normally, it is undertaken during the student's final year in the program.
In this work, the student is guided and assessed by a Committee of three faculty, at least one of whom is fulltime at CDM and at least one of whom is fulltime at the College of Law. It is the responsibility of the student to find an advisor (Committee Chair) and assemble this committee.
The Thesis will use the course number IT 698. It may be taken for two or four credits per quarter. Students may register for this course only after their advisor has approved a written proposal for their thesis. Students must continue to register for this course every quarter after their first registration in it until they complete their thesis to the satisfaction of their committee. They earn two hours of credit for each such registration but only four hours of credit will apply for degree credit.