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

Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree (M.P.P./J.D.)

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Be The Kind Of Lawyer Who Makes A Difference.

Why get a dual public policy and Juris Doctor degree?

The public policy master’s and Juris Doctor dual degree (M.P.P./J.D.) will provide you with a deep understanding of how legal and policy issues relate. You’ll gain the critical skills and knowledge required to tackle a broad range of complex challenges in the contemporary world of law and public policy.

Why choose UNH’s public policy and Juris Doctor degree program? 

Our M.P.P. degree program complements the J.D. with a broad grounding in the world of public policy. The two degrees are generally awarded after three-and-a-half years, offering substantial savings in both time and expense. Courses for the J.D. program are offered at the UNH School of Law campus in Concord, N.H., while those for the Carsey School of Public Policy M.P.P. program are offered at the UNH Durham campus. A portion of the public policy experiential learning takes place in Washington, D.C., during a January-term colloquium. You will also complete an internship at a policy-focused organization or, if doing a legal residency, at the externship location.

Potential careers 

  • Attorney 
  • Government affairs  
  • Legislative staff 
  • Public interest advocate 
  • Regulatory affairs 
  • Researcher/analyst

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Curriculum & Requirements

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 in the fall 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).

NEBHE Tuition Break for New England Residents of These States:  None

Accelerated Masters Eligible:  Yes

MASTER IN PUBLIC POLICY/JURIS DOCTOR DUAL DEGREE PLAN

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 920 Contracts 3
LGP 960 Torts 3
LSK 900 Legal Research and Information Literacy 2
LSK 919 Legal Analysis and Writing 1 2
 Credits15
Spring
LGP 916 Constitutional Law 4
LGP 952 Property 4
LGP 969 Article II Sales 2
LPI 912
or LIP 944
Fundamentals of Law Practice
or Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
3
LSK 920 Legal Analysis and Writing 2 3
 Credits16
Summer
PPOL 998
or LSK 852
Policy Internship 1
or Graduate Programs Externship
3
 Credits3
Second Year
Fall
PPOL 806 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
MPP Elective Course (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track or the Policy Analysis Track) 3
 Credits12
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
MPP Elective Course (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track or the Policy Analysis Track) 3
 Credits10
Summer
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall
LGP 903 Administrative Process 3
LGP 951 Professional Responsibility 3
LGP 924 Evidence 3
LBS 932 Personal Income Taxation 3
Upper Level Writing Requirement 2 3
 Credits15
Spring
LCR 906 Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation 3
Upper Level Skills Requirement 3
Upper Level Experiential Learning Requirement 2 6
JD Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JD Elective (Bar Prep WTE) 3
JD Elective (Bar Prep - BA) 3
JD Elective 3 3
JD Elective 3 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits104

Notes:

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 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. 

MPP CURRICULUM for MPP/JD Dual Degree

MPP CORE Curriculum Courses (5 Courses):
PPOL 806Fundamentals of Policy Analysis3
PPOL 902Strategy and Practice of Public Policy3
PPOL 904Economics for Public Policy3
PPOL 908Quantitative Methods for Policy Research3
PPOL 910Policy Across Borders3
MPP EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities (4 Courses):
PPOL 950Washington DC Colloquium3
PPOL 990APolicy Capstone Planning1
PPOL 990Policy Capstone3
PPOL 998Policy Internship 13
or PPOL 998A Policy Internship
PUBLIC POLICY TRACK (2 Courses) 26
Two (2) courses are selected based upon the chosen MPP Track: Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track
Total Credits31

 For more details on the MPP program, visit the MPP website.

JD CURRICULUM for MPP/JD Dual Degree

First Year Required Courses
LGP 900The Legal Profession1
LGP 909Civil Procedure4
LGP 916Constitutional Law4
LGP 920Contracts3
LGP 952Property4
LGP 960Torts3
LGP 969Article II Sales2
LPI 912Fundamentals of Law Practice3
or LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
LSK 900Legal Research and Information Literacy2
LSK 919Legal Analysis and Writing 12
LSK 920Legal Analysis and Writing 23
Third Year Required Courses
LBS 932Personal Income Taxation3
LCR 906Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation3
LGP 903Administrative Process3
LGP 924Evidence3
LGP 951Professional Responsibility3
Upper Level Experiential Learning Requirement 36
Upper Level Skills Requirement3
Upper Level Writing Requirement 33
JD Elective Course 33
Fourth Year Required Courses
JD Elective (Bar Prep WTE)3
JD Elective (Bar Prep - BA)3
JD Elective 33
JD Elective 33
Total Credits73

For more details on the JD program, visit the JD website.

MPP/JD Dual Degree Credit Summary

Master in Public Policy Program Course Credits31
Juris Doctor Program Course Credits73
Total Credits104

Notes:

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: March 15 (for Carsey School Scholarship); July 1 (preferred); Aug. 15 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 15
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: N/A

Application Fee: Application fee waived for MPP/JD applicants

Campus: JD offered in Concord and MPP offered in Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: LSAT Required

GRE test scores are normally required but applicants to the dual degree program should submit their LSAT scores (have them sent from the Law School) in lieu of the GRE.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Please note that when applying to the Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree program you will need to provide a combined personal statement - one that addresses the Public Policy program and one that focuses on the Analytics program. This one is for Public Policy. This should be a clear, concise statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Resume

Resume is optional but recommended.

Additional Department Requirements:

In addition to the three letters of recommendation a complete application will include a statement of support from UNH Law. Current UNH Law students must request a statement of support from Lauren Berger (Lauren.Berger@law.unh.edu), the UNH Law Assistant Dean for Students. Ask to have the letter sent directly to you as you will need to upload it below to submit your application. For new students you may upload a copy of your admit offer letter in lieu of a formal statement of support.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the MPP program office for information on applying. Please visit the UNH School of Law Dual Degree webpage for MPP/JD Dual Degree Guidelines. Admission to the JD/MPP program requires pre-stipulation of a B (3.0) grade point average at the end of the first JD year. 

Additional Details for International Applicants

All prospective international students are strongly recommended to submit a pre-application on the graduate school website prior to applying to the program, please see the International Applicants Instructions page for additional requirements. TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language.

Program Details

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.

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