The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University of Miami Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences offers a joint J.D./M.P.A. in Law and Public Administration. This curriculum prepares Law School students for government, political and nonprofit legal positions. The program provides a solid theoretical framework and grounding in policy analysis, administration, and management.
This joint program allows students to obtain both J.D. and M.P.A. degrees in 4 years or less - less time than obtaining the degrees separately. The first year is spent in the Law School and years two through four are spent taking both Law and M.P.A. courses.
To be admitted to this program, students must apply separately to both programs. Students may apply to the MPA program prior to beginning Law School or anytime during the first or second year of Law School. Students may begin the MPA program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.
For admission to the M.P.A. program students must complete an MPA application. If they apply before the end of their first year in Law School, they will not need to take the GRE exam. Their LSAT score will be used instead of the GRE. For more details on the M.P.A. program, visit the M.P.A. website.
Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program.
J.D./M.P.A. Proposed Sample Schedule with 4 years, no summers: (Note: schedule can be shortened through summer credits).
Tuition for J.D. courses will be paid to the Law School. Tuition for the M.P.A courses will be paid to the College of Arts and Sciences. Law School scholarships may only be used towards tuition for Law School courses.
On the J.D. side, students must complete 82 credits in the Law School and 6 credits will be double-counted from the M.P.A courses to complete the total of 88 JD credits. On the M.P.A side, students must complete 30 credits in the Political Science Department including a 3-credit internship, and 18 credits will be double-counted from the J.D. coursework to complete the total of 48 credits. Students will be required to complete a total of 112 credits for both degrees.
Law Course Requirements:
Select 6 credits from the list of courses: (illustrative courses taught in 2011-2012, list of courses may vary from year to year)
Public Administration and Policy Requirements: (each 3 credits, illustrative courses taught in 2011-2012, list of courses may vary from year to year )**
Select 3 credits from the list of courses: (each 3 credits, illustrative courses taught in 2011-2012, list of courses may vary from year to year)**
**Note: Undergraduate POL majors who enroll in the joint JD/MPA program may have taken one or more of the POL 500-level courses listed above. They would still need to complete 30 additional credits in graduate MPA courses, but they would not be required to repeat courses previously taken.
Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives
University of Miami School of Law
Dr. Jonathan P. West
Professor, Director, M.P.A. Program
Department of Political Science
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
Brendan Corrigan discusses his experience in our joint degree program in law and public administration and how this master's complements a law degree. He also expands on how someone can use these combined degrees for career choices.