Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree M.P.P./J.D.

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Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree M.P.P./J.D.

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Program Overview

The Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree will provide you with a deep understanding of how legal and policy issues relate and will equip you with the critical skills and knowledge required to tackle a broad range of complex public policy challenges and make a difference in the contemporary world of law and public policy.

You will start the dual degree program with your first year at the UNH School of Law followed by one year at the Carsey School earning your Master in Public Policy. You will then return for a final year and a half at the law school to complete your Juris Doctor degree. In just three and a half years, you will graduate with two highly marketable and sought-after degrees.

Program Delivery & Location:  Academic courses for the JD program are offered in person on the UNH School of Law campus in Concord, NH.  Academic courses for the MPP program are offered in person on the UNH Durham, NH, campus with a portion of the MPP experiential learning taking place offsite:  Washington, DC, for the Colloquium and at the Internship site location during the internship experience (or if doing a legal residency, at the externship location).

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Curriculum & Requirements

Students enrolled in the Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree program are required to earn a minimum of 104 credits to successfully complete the dual degree. If both degrees are pursued separately, students are required to take a total of 125 Credits:  85 Credits for the Juris Doctor Degree and 40 Credits for the Master in Public Policy degree (MPP), taking approximately four and one half years to complete.  With the Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree, the UNH School of Law accepts up to 12 Credits of approved MPP courses and the Carsey School accepts up to 9 Elective Credits of approved JD courses, reducing the total required credits to 104 and time to complete the two degrees to three and one half years. 

Students start their dual degree by completing their first year of the Juris Doctor program.  Students then complete one year of coursework in the MPP program and return to the Law School for their final one and one half years of coursework. It is highly recommended that students meet with with Academic Advisors of both programs prior to starting the Dual Degree to insure they have a clear understanding of the program requirements and course schedule.  Students completing the dual degree will graduate with two degrees:  Master in Public Policy degree and Juris Doctor degree. 

Below are the courses required for the Master in Public Policy (MPP) portion of this Dual Degree.  Students should refer to the UNH School of Law's Juris Doctor curriculum for specific course requirements and schedule.

Master in Public Policy Curriculum (for MPP/JD Dual Degree)

MPP CORE Curriculum Courses (5 Courses):
PPOL 902Strategy and Practice of Public Policy3
PPOL 904Economics for Public Policy3
PPOL 906Fundamentals of Policy Analysis3
PPOL 908Quantitative Methods for Policy Research3
PPOL 910Policy Across Borders3
PPOL 950Washington DC Colloquium3
PPOL 990APolicy Capstone Planning1
PPOL 990Policy Capstone3
PPOL 998Policy Internship 13
or PPOL 998A Policy Internship
Two (2) courses are selected based upon the chosen track: Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track
JD ELECTIVES: Choose 3 JD Elective Courses9
Total Credits40

Program Details

Sample Schedule

Fall I

January Term I Spring I Summer I
  • Torts (LGP 960)
  • Contracts  (LGP 920)
  • Civil Proceduce (LGP 909)
  • Legal Writing & Analysis (LSK 919)
  • Legal Research & Information Literacy (LSK 900)
  • The Legal Profession (LGP 900)
  • Property (LGP 952)
  • Con Law (LGP 916)
  • Sales (LGP 969)
  • Legal Writing and Analysis II (LSK 920)
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice (LGP 912)
    Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (LIP 944)
MPP Internship (PPOL 998)
JD Externship (LSK 852)*
Fall II January Term II Spring II

Summer II

  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • MPP Elective (PPOL)
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Policy Capstone Planning (PPOL (990A)
  • MPP Elective (PPOL)
  • Policy Capstone (PPOL 990)

Fall III

January Term III Spring III Summer III
  • Professional Responsibility (LGP 951)
  • Administrative Process (LGP 903)
  • Evidence (LGP 924)
  • Personal Tax Income
  • Upper Level Writing Requirement 
  • Criminal Procedure (LCR 906)
  • Upper Level Skills Requirement
  • JD Elective
  • JD Elective
  • JD Elective

Fall IV

January Term IV Spring IV

Summer IV

  • JD Elective (Bar Prep WTE) 
  • JD Elective ( Bar Prep - BA) 
  • JD Elective 
  • MPP Capstone 
    JD Elective

* If JD Externship fulfills MPP internship requirement, then three MPP electives are required.
Note: Three JD elective courses (MPP approved) are required to fulfill MPP degree requirements. 

The MPP/JD dual degree program can be completed in just seven semesters (3.5 years), reducing the typical time to earn both degrees by one full year. This reduced schedule results from the acceptance of credits by programs from the other to fulfill a portion of each degree’s course requirements. This also results in reducing the overall cost of earning both degrees by a significant amount. For detailed information on tuition costs and fees for the MPP/JD Dual Degree program, visit the UNH Law Dual Degree Tuition & Fees webpage.

The Carsey School is proud to partner with like-minded organizations with similar missions and visions to offer education awards to individuals who have served their communities, allowing them to further their education and expand their impact, both domestically and overseas. 

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Students wishing to pursue the MPP/JD Dual Degree must apply online and be accepted separately into each of the two degree programs (Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor). Students will use the regular online admission processes of the UNH Graduate School (for the MPP) and School of Law (for the JD) and fulfill all the necessary application requirements, including: undergraduate institution coursework and GPA, LSAT (required), letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and resume indicating awards and scholarships and professional experience. The LSAT is accepted in lieu of the GRE for the MPP application. Students already in their first year of Law School who wish to apply to the Dual Degree program should complete an online application to the UNH Graduate School and submit their Law School application materials, an updated resume, and a personal statement.  

Note: The MPP/JD Dual Degree program only admits students beginning in the fall term.

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