This program combines into four years and one summer of full-time study the Juris Doctor program offered by the School of Law and the Master of Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies program offered by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Growing U.S. interaction with the REES region provides a need for lawyers with active knowledge and skills in the target language, culture, and political and legal tradition. In addition to a greater ability to work with clients from various backgrounds, a joint degree in law and Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies opens many doors for its recipients, including opportunities in international trade and finance, immigration law, human rights advocacy, government service, and other related fields.

In November 2012, KU Law and the International University of Central Asia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which establishes cooperation between the IUCA's new law program and KU Law, intended to facilitate future student and research exchanges. Thanks to the MOU, KU Law students who have interest in Russian or Kyrgyz language training have the opportunity to pursue it through coursework at IUCA, or even internships facilitated by IUCA's law program. Other potential scholarly opportunities include short-term study abroad, faculty teaching exchanges, joint conferences, and opportunities for visiting scholars to be hosted by KU Law or by IUCA.

To earn a joint join degree in law and REES, students must be admitted by both the School of Law and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. For more information, contact CREES, crees@ku.edu.