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M.P.A.-J.D. Combined Program

The joint degree program is designed for the student who intends to combine career preparation in law and public administration. Examples of career objectives for this degree are the practice of law in communities (for example, a city attorney, who may be called upon to perform legal services for a municipality) and for city managers (who may need to deal with legal questions and interact with legal professionals). The program combines into 4 years the normal 3-year Juris Doctor program offered by the School of Law and the 2-year M.P.A. program offered by the Department of Public Administration. Students must complete 115 total credit hours: 78 credit hours in the School of Law (42 required and 36 elective), 25 hours in the Department of Public Administration, and 12 hours of electives of which only 6 hours may be law courses.

Of the 25 required hours in public administration, 6 hours are earned during the internship in the fourth year. The internship may not be taken concurrently with course work. At the conclusion of the internship year, each candidate must successfully pass a final written examination administered by public administration. The J.D. degree is awarded at the completion of the total required credit hours other than those associated with the internship. The M.P.A. degree is awarded upon successful completion of the internship and final examination. All course work counted toward any master’s degree requires a B average for the award of the degree. Specifically, students should understand that if they elect 6 or fewer hours of law requirements, the grades received in those law courses are incorporated into the M.P.A. grade-point average, which must be 3.0 for the award of the M.P.A.

For admission a student must meet requirements of both programs. Dual admission requires submitting separate sets of application materials as required by the respective programs. The M.P.A./J.D. program is open to those who have earned baccalaureate degrees and whose undergraduate academic records indicate that they have the capacity to complete these programs.

Since the total course work, excluding the internship, is 109 hours, students pursuing the joint degree should plan to enroll in course work for 2, and in some instances 3, summers.

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