The School of Law at Newark and Camden and CHAPS offer a dual degree designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in law and cultural heritage and preservation studies. This four-year program leads to a dual M.A./J.D. degree.

The program is targeted to future lawyers, but also students pursuing careers in cultural heritage and preservation studies within governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as in cultural and public service institutions. This program includes two and one-half years at the Newark or Camden Campus studying Law and one and one-half years at the New Brunswick Campus studying Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. Students who take advantage of summer offerings in both fields could reasonably finish the dual program in less time.

Program Requirements

CHAPS will accept 9 credits from the Law School towards the CHAPS track M.A..

The Law School will accept 9 credits from CHAPS towards the J.D. degree:

  • Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (3 credits)
  • Methods in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (3 credits)
  • One CHAPS elective (3 credits)

In order to complete the Dual M.A./J.D. requirements, students complete 12 more credits in CHAPS:

  • Two Internships in CHAPS (6 credits)  The student can replace one internship with another Art History/CHAPS elective.
  • Two Research in CHAPS over two semesters (6 credits)


Students must apply to and be accepted for both programs and indicate in their application that they are pursuing this option. Traditionally, students begin their studies at the Law School.

Follow instructions for application to The Rutgers Law School at

All CHAPS applications are processed online through the Graduate Admission website:

All applicants must complete and/or submit the following materials online:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level, if applicable)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (for international applicants)

Please note that Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are no longer required by the Graduate School.