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

The Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) Dual Degree will provide you with a deep understanding of how legal and public 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 this dual degree program in the fall with your first year at the UNH Franklin Pierce 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 Franklin Pierce 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).

Accelerated Masters Eligible:  Yes

Students enrolled in the Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) Dual Degree program are required to earn a minimum of 104 credits to successfully complete the dual degree which confers both an MPP degree and a JD degree. If both degrees are pursued separately, students are required to take a total of 125 Credits:  85 Credits for the JD degree and 40 Credits for the MPP degree, taking approximately four and one half years to complete.  With the MPP/JD Dual Degree, the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law accepts up to 12 credits of approved MPP courses and the Carsey School of Public Policy accepts up to 9 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 at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. Students then complete one year of coursework in the MPP program at the Carsey School of Public Policy and return to the law school for their final one and one half years of coursework. Note that students are advised to have taken an introductory level economics class prior to starting the MPP portion of the MPP/JD Dual Degree program such as a “principles of economics” (macro or micro). It is highly recommended that students meet with their Graduate Academic Advisors from both programs prior to starting the Dual Degree to insure they have a clear understanding of each program's pre-requisites, degree requirements, and course schedules. 

 Students completing the dual degree will graduate with two degrees:  Master in Public Policy degree and Juris Doctor 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
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 MPP Track: Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track
Total Credits31

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


First Year Required Courses
LGP 900The Legal Profession1
LGP 909Civil Procedure4
LGP 916Constitutional Law4
LGP 920Contracts4
LGP 952Property4
LGP 960Torts3
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 34
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 Requirements for the Juris Doctor Degree.

MPP/JD Dual Degree Credit Summary

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



Plan of Study Grid
First Year
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 920 Contracts 4
LGP 960 Torts 3
LSK 900 Legal Research and Information Literacy 2
LSK 919 Legal Analysis and Writing 1 2
LGP 916 Constitutional Law 4
LGP 952 Property 4
LPI 912
Fundamentals of Law Practice
or Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
LSK 920 Legal Analysis and Writing 2 3
PPOL 998
Policy Internship 1
or Graduate Programs Externship
Second Year
PPOL 806
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 4
or Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
PPOL 812
Strategies for Policy Impact 4
or Strategies for Policy Impact
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
PPOL 822
Media Strategy and Skills 4
or Media Strategy and Communication
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
Third Year
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 4
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
Fourth Year
JD Elective (Bar Prep WTE) 3
JD Elective (Bar Prep - BA) 3
JD Elective 3 3
JD Elective 3 3
 Total Credits104


  • Apply basic methods of policy development and analysis to design and evaluate public policy
  • Demonstrate competency in public speaking and writing related to public policy
  • Demonstrate competency in strategic and tactical skills for achieving policy objectives
  • Utilize data and research to inform policy design and advocacy
  • Understand policy profession norms and ethics
  • Apply critical thinking skills to address policy-relevant questions
  • Legal analysis and reasoning: Graduates will be able to identify, comprehend, and apply the relevant substantive and procedural laws to solve a legal issue, informed by an understanding of the diversity of viewpoints on and contexts for any issue.
  • Written and oral communication: Graduates will be able to present material effectively in these formats for both objective analytical and advocacy purposes across a range of settings, including in the courtroom.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will be able to act in an ethical, respectful, and self-aware manner with all other stakeholders, including clients, employers, and the court.
  • Legal research: Graduates will be able to navigate and assess relevant legal authorities using appropriate tools.
  • Public service: Graduates will be able to contribute productively to strengthening the justice system, with a sensitivity toward the needs of people facing societal barriers.
  • Problem solving: Graduates will be able to engage in focused and pragmatic collaboration toward goals.
  • Client counseling and management: Graduates will be able to provide trustworthy and responsive action upon clients’ matters.
  • Factual investigation and analysis: Graduates will be able to implement a strategic plan for information-gathering, which includes the ability to iterate on the plan as needed, and evaluate the results of the information obtained.