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Joint degree programs give law students a chance to optimize their time and specialize in a field

Joint degree programs give law students a head start

JD students at the UI can optimize their time, specialize in a field before graduation

Third-year law student Alexa Nguyen recognized the importance of advocacy at a young age.

Growing up in a large Vietnamese community in Davenport, she often saw friends, neighbors, and family members struggle to gain access to health care and financial aid due to language barriers.

Those experiences drove Nguyen to pursue a joint degree—studying both law and health administration—at the University of Iowa College of Law.

“I knew I wanted to help people who didn’t have the confidence and tools to articulate their concerns themselves,” says Nguyen.

Nguyen is just one of 23 students pursuing a joint degree at the UI College of Law. Seven of her peers also are earning a JD and Master of Health Administration (MHA) concurrently, while others are pursuing MBAs or studying philosophy, political science, urban and regional planning, integrated biology, and leisure studies while completing their law degrees.

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Alexa Nguyen