The College of Law and the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a coordinated dual degree program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Policy and Administration degrees. In this program, a student may earn the MPPA and JD in about four years rather than the five years that otherwise would be required. Students pursuing the dual degree program should plan to be enrolled in course work or an internship for one summer term in addition to taking normal course loads for four academic years.
Applicants for the JD-MPPA program must make separate application to, and be independently accepted by, the College of Law for the JD and the Department of Political Science and the Office of Graduate Admissions for the MPPA. Applicants must also be accepted by the Dual Degree Committee. All applicants must submit a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. An applicant’s LSAT score may be substituted for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, which is normally required for admission to the MPPA program. Application may be made prior to or after matriculation in either the JD or the MPPA program, but application to the dual program must be made prior to entry into the last 29 hours required for the JD and prior to entry into the last 15 hours required for the MPPA.
A dual degree candidate must satisfy the requirements for both the JD and the MPPA, as well as the requirements for the dual program. The College of Law will award a maximum of 9 hours of credit toward the JD for successful completion of approved graduate level courses (500 or 600 level) offered in the Department of Political Science. The MPPA program will award a maximum of 9 hours of credit toward the MPPA for successful completion of approved courses offered in the College of Law. All courses for which such cross-credit is awarded must be approved by the JD-MPPA coordinators in the College of Law and the Department of Political Science. All candidates for the dual degree must successfully complete Administrative Law (LAW 821 ). An internship is strongly recommended for students in the dual degree program, as it is for all MPPA candidates, but an internship is not required.
During the first two years in the dual program, students will spend one academic year completing the required first year of the College of Law curriculum and one academic year taking courses solely in the MPPA program. During those first two years, students may not take courses in the opposite area without the approval of the JD-MPPA coordinators in both academic units. In the third and fourth years, students are strongly encouraged to take both law and political science courses each semester.
Dual degree students who withdraw from the program before completion of the requirements for both degrees will not receive credit toward either the JD or the MPPA for courses taken in the other program except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual program.
Awarding of Grades
For grade recording purposes in the College of Law and the Department of Political Science, grades awarded in courses in the other unit will be converted to either Satisfactory/No Credit and will not be computed in determining a student’s GPA or class standing. The College of Law will award a grade of Satisfactory for an approved MPPA course in which the student earns a grade of B or higher and a grade of No Credit for any lower grade. The Political Science Department will award a grade of Satisfactory for an approved law course in which the student earns a grade of C+ or higher and a grade of No Credit for any lower grade. The official academic record of the student maintained by the Office of the University Registrar shall show the actual grade assigned by the instructor without conversion.
Policy for Graduate Students Taking Law Courses
Students pursuing a graduate degree in another college may, upon approval of the College of Law and the major chairperson, take up to 6 hours of law courses and receive credit toward the graduate degree. The graduate student must register for the law course during regular registration at the College of Law requesting an S/NC grade only. If a C or above is earned in a law course, an S will be recorded on the transcript. If a student earns below a C, an NC will be recorded, and the course cannot be used toward meeting degree requirements. Grades for law courses will not be reflected in the cumulative average. Law courses may be taken for credit only by students enrolled in a graduate degree program.
Different rules apply to the student enrolled in the Dual JD-MBA or JD-MPPA Programs. Grades must be earned according to the grading system of the respective college, e.g. numerical grades for law courses, letter grades for graduate courses. Refer to section on Grades for the grading scale acceptable toward meeting degree requirements. Cumulative GPA for law courses only will be carried until graduation, at which time both the graduate and the law cumulatives will be shown on the permanent record.