This joint degree program allows students who are interested in the legal aspects of public policy to earn both M.P.P. and J.D. degrees in a four-year period. Individuals considering in pursuing policymaking careers in government, non-profits, and in the private sector that require professional training in both legal and policy analysis are encouraged to apply. Students already enrolled in their first year of public policy or law may also apply.
For additional information regarding this program, please contact the graduate advisor in Public Policy and the admissions officer in the Law School.
Usually students spend the first year at the Law School completing the required 33 units of law courses. During the second year, students are enrolled in Public Policy and complete 40 units of core and concentration courses. In their third and fourth years students complete the remaining classes for both programs taking courses in each program during each term. Students need to complete a total of 73 law units and 68 public policy units in order to fulfill the degree requirements. If while enrolled in the MPP/JD program, a student decides not to complete either the MPP or the JD, all the regular requirements for the program that the student intends to finish must be satisfied. See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/JD program.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the JD or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MPP application and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for the Law School application. In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. See the section on Admissions in this brochure for MPP admissions requirements.
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