The Law School has partnered with the Departments of Political Science and Economics to allow students pursuing a Ph.D. in either of these two areas to be dually enrolled in the Law School and in the Political Science or Economics Departments. Students spend the first year in law school courses and at least one year exclusively as a graduate student in political science or economics. Other years are spent taking classes from both departments. Some classes have been pre-approved by the Law School and Political Science and Economics to count as credit toward both degrees, therefore, lessening the amount of time it takes to both degrees compared to the time students would be enrolled for the programs separately. Students must be accepted into both programs independently before being accepted in the dual enrollment program.