The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Typically the MS and JD are pursued separately. The JD requires 90 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within three years. At the Schmidt Labor Research Center, the MS program requires 39 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within two years.
A student matriculated in the joint program will transfer some credits taken in one of the courses of study to help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well. As indicated below, the School of Law will accept 15 labor relations and human resources credits as transfer credits. The dual degree student would only need to register and pay for 75 law credits.
The Schmidt Labor Research Center will accept 9 law credits toward the overall total of 39, so that the student in the joint program would only need to register and pay for 30 labor relations and human resources credits.
The effect of these credit transfers would be to reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees from five years to four.