JD/MS-GOAL Dual Degree

Program Mission and Goals

The JD/MS-GOAL program is designed as a dual-degree program to prepare Creighton law students to assume leadership positions as attorneys working for government entities. Students in the program acquire valuable information and skills useful across the full array of government activity. While the program focuses primarily on the roles of lawyers within the federal government, GOAL graduates emerge from the program well equipped to succeed in state and local government as well. The program is both theoretical and practical: students develop a sophisticated construct of the role of lawyers in government and apply their learning during an intensive full-time externship in a federal governmental office. GOAL offers students:

  • A legal/organizational framework for understanding the role of government counsel;
  • A set of core competencies to understand and effectively participate as lawyers in leadership and organizational roles in government;
  • An enhanced capacity for working as government lawyers in federal agencies;
  • Practical skills and techniques in strategic planning, problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and consensus building;
  • A detailed understanding of government standards of ethical conduct and ethical principles arising from core values of our society and the Jesuit tradition; and
  • Tools to enhance performance and achieve desirable outcomes in career pursuits.
  • Graduate in 3 years with dual JD/MS-GOAL degrees.

Program of Study

The degree is a Master of Science in Government Organization and Leadership (MS-GOAL). This degree requires completion of 35 credit hours, an externship in Washington D.C. and a major paper. Thirteen credit hours may be satisfied by courses taken for the JD degree. Five credit hours of GOAL courses may serve as credit toward the JD degree. The program includes a full-time externship at a government office in Washington, DC. While in DC, students take three classes, participate in conferences, networking events, and other opportunities as they arise.

JD and MS-GOAL Dual Degree Program requirements (35 Credits)

Required Courses Taught in Omaha
LAW 307Administrative Law3
LAW 406State and Local Governments in a Federal System3
GOL 615Seminar in Interdisciplinary Leadership Theory3
GOL 690Workshop: Emerging Perspectives on Governance2
GOL 670Government Organization and Research1
Required Courses Taught in Washington, D.C.
Courses taken Fall semester, 3rd year of Law School.
GOL 710Counsel Roles and Leadership in Government Agencies3
GOL 720Ethics in Government2
GOL 730Externship Program11
Select at least 7 credits of elective courses from the following. These courses, except for PLS courses, count toward both the J.D. and M.S. degrees.7
Comparative Constitutional Law
Advanced Constitutional Law
Employment Discrimination
Health Care Insurance Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Elder Law
Estate and Gift Taxation (Federal)
Energy Law
Food & Drug Law
Federal Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure of the District Courts
Current Topics in Public Health Law
Federal Income Taxation
First Amendment Freedom of Speech
Health Information Privacy
Immigration Law
Health Care Organizations
Climate Change & International Environmental Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
International Criminal Law
Land Use Law
Race and Law
Legal Issues in Electronic Commerce
Employment Law
Law of Armed Conflict
Native American Law
Patent Law
International Law
Education Law
Securities Regulation
Trademarks and Unfair Competition
White Collar Crime
Dynamics of Conflict Resolution and Engagement
JD First-year Required Courses32
JD Second-year Required Courses22
JD Electives35
35 elective credits (including the professional skills requirement) are normally required for the JD. 5 GOAL credits count toward JD electives.
Total Credits124