Joint Clinical Psychology PhD and JD Program

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is pleased to announce that we now offer a formal Joint PhD and JD program.  This joint degree program is sponsored by The Graduate School at Northwestern University and Northwestern Law.  Northwestern’s JD-PhD program is designed for applicants who are interested in academic careers examining research topics that are enriched by having a JD and PhD degrees.

Students accepted into Northwestern’s JD-PhD program in Clinical Psychology will complete 3 years of coursework in the Clinical Psychology program and achieve doctoral candidacy (i.e., completion of RQP and CQE) before transitioning to Northwestern Law for their 4th and 5th years in the program.  After completion of the curriculum at Northwestern Law, students return to the Clinical Psychology program to complete their dissertation in their 6th year, and their full-time clinical internship in their 7th year.  The dissertation will focus on an integration of clinical psychology and legal constructs and will include at least one faculty member from Northwestern Law.

For more information on the JD-PhD program, including the admissions process, please visit The Graduate School’s JD-PhD webpage.