CCNY’s Colin Powell School and CUNY Law launch joint degree

New program will enhance training of lawyers entering field

The CUNY Board of Trustees has approved a new dual-degree program between The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and theCUNY School of Law that will lead to a masters in international relations and a JD in law. The proposal is pending approval by the New York State Department of Education.

Colin Powell School graduates at CCNY

Colin Powell School graduates at CCNY

The Colin Powell School and CUNY Law are particularly well positioned to offer this exceptional new opportunity. As an urban, public institution with tuition among the lowest in the U.S., CUNY has the advantage of combining an outstanding education with low tuition and prime locations.

The JD/MIA degree program will capitalize on CUNY Law’s nationally renowned expertise in public interest law and the Colin Powell School’s internationally recognized scholarship addressing critical topics of societal concern from multiple intellectual perspectives. Each of the schools will retain their respective MIA in International Relations and JD in law as self-standing programs on each campus.

“The more we looked at the programs on offer at CUNY Law—particularly in areas of public interest and human rights—the more we realized how well its mission meshed with our own,” said Vince Boudreau, dean of the Colin Powell School. “Very quickly, we all hit upon the idea of connecting the study of law and the study of international affairs in a program designed to equip our students for careers of service and advocacy in the global arena.”

The dual program will provide unique and specialized training to prepare lawyers to better understand the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of international affairs. CUNY students in the program will acquire a combined degree in the fields of law and politics and prepare them for careers in national governments; multi-national/transnational corporations, international NGOs, particularly human rights organizations; and many specializations in international law. The program also will enhance graduates’ abilities to function as social justice lawyers in an increasingly globalized environment.

 “The partnership between CUNY School of Law and the Colin Powell School offers an unmatched opportunity for students in an increasingly global world,” said Camille Massey, founding executive director of CUNY Law’s Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.  “The joint degree program will draw from strengths of both schools to help our students achieve their international legal career ambitions and goals.”

The new program is expected to admit its first cohort of students this fall.