The Law and Philosophy Program

The Law and Philosophy Program (LPP) is a joint endeavor of the School of Law and Department of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. The University has established the LPP as a combined J.D. and Ph.D. degree program. The program makes it possible to complete both degrees in seven years.  Students in LPP may count two law courses towards the Ph.D. requirements and four philosophy courses towards the J.D. requirements, and by doing so, they can save roughly a year’s worth of work towards the two degrees.  To be eligible for the program you must apply separately to the Law School and the Philosophy Department’s Ph.D. program and be admitted to both.

The Law School and the Philosophy Department have internationally distinguished faculties in law and philosophy and offer extensive coverage of topics overlapping the two fields. The faculties are particularly known for their work in the philosophy of criminal law; the philosophical foundations of constitutional law and constitutional interpretation; jurisprudence; law and justice, philosophical issues in private law, and the intersection of legal theory with political theory, meta-ethics, and moral psychology.

The Law School and the Philosophy Department work closely together to maintain a coherent program of study. The director of the LPP has appointments in both units and actively advises students in the program as they progress toward their degrees. The Philosophy Department offers competitive financial aid for the Ph.D. program. The law school offers a limited number of fellowships to students at the dissertation stage, as well as in-state tuition waivers qualifying non-residents for in-state tuition during the first year of law school. After the first year, non-resident students may qualify for in-state law school tuition if they also hold a Teaching Assistant appointment in the Philosophy Department.

Students who have earned a J.D. or Ph.D. elsewhere and who are pursuing the other degree in the Philosophy Department or the Law School are welcome to participate in the seminars and workshops that the LPP sponsors.

The University of Texas at Austin Law and Philosophy Program, School of Law


Professor John Deigh, School of Law