Become a new breed of professional - lawyer/peacemaker!

Earn a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

"Cooperative degree students gain a depth of knowledge and skills which makes them effective problem solvers for their clients whether they pursue traditional or alternative dispute resolution methods."

Lawyers face human conflict every day and often attempt to resolve problems outside of litigation. However, lawyers are trained only to abstract and objectify intensely personal conflicts into rights, remedies, defenses, and obligations. Human conflicts are reduced to money, judgments, injunctions, and declarations of rights. This approach works for some conflicts, but fails miserably in many others, leaving all parties dissatisfied with the outcomes.

Peacemakers are trained to understand human conflict and the necessary conditions for peaceful resolution from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The focus is not only on resolving rights, but also on restoring the relationships. The Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (PACS) teaches students to analyze conflict from a humanistic perspective, drawing on conflict theory, social psychology, neurophysiology, religion, and sociology. It looks to the core reasons for conflict – the hidden conflict drivers – identity, relationships, and process. These drivers are the basis for perceived injustice and, when acknowledged and addressed, create constructive resolutions. The Masters in Peacemaking curriculum teaches students a broad range of collaborative processes to bring about reconciliation rather than escalation.

The Cooperative Degree program – joining training in law and peacemaking – seeks to add this new set of skills to the lawyer’s toolbox for resolving conflict. It joins the discipline of law with the humanistic approach of peacemaking to create a new breed of professional that promises to transform the way our society resolves conflict. Students simultaneously enrolled in both degree programs can complete both degrees in four years because of the mutual recognition of elective units.

Both the Juris Doctor Degree and the Masters Degree place a strong emphasis on practical experience. Students are encouraged to undertake clinical work in the law program. In the Masters program students are required to apply their learning in direct conflict resolution experiences.

Program Highlights

Earning both degrees separately would require taking 126 units.
86 Units
40 Units


SJCL accepts 6 PACS units for its 86 unit program.
<- 6 Units from PACS


PACS accepts 12 SJCL units for its 40 unit program.
12 Units From SJCL ->


18 units are shared between the programs for a total of 108 units.
80 Units
18 Shared Units
28 Units


  • Tuition per unit is payable to the institution providing the instruction.
  • The student must be admitted by each institution to participate in the cooperative degree program.
  • The Juris Doctor degree must be completed within five years of entering the Juris Doctor program.