Public Policy and Juris Doctor Dual Degree (M.P.P./J.D.)
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).
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 902||Strategy and Practice of Public Policy||3|
|PPOL 904||Economics for Public Policy||3|
|PPOL 906||Fundamentals of Policy Analysis||3|
|PPOL 908||Quantitative Methods for Policy Research||3|
|PPOL 910||Policy Across Borders||3|
|MPP EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities (4 Courses):|
|PPOL 950||Washington DC Colloquium||3|
|PPOL 990A||Policy Capstone Planning||1|
|PPOL 990||Policy Capstone||3|
|PPOL 998||Policy Internship 1||3|
|or PPOL 998A||Policy Internship|
|PUBLIC POLICY TRACK (2 Courses) 2||6|
|Two (2) courses are selected based upon the chosen track: Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track|
|JD ELECTIVES: Choose 3 JD Elective Courses||9|
In general, the Policy Internship is credit-bearing (PPOL 998), supervised by a faculty member who will provide the academic structure to parallel the applied experience. In some cases, a policy internship may not be appropriate for academic credit or the requirement may be satisfied through the UNH Law School's Externship; in such cases the internship/externship experience fulfills the requirement but does not provide credits (PPOL 998A). If the Internship is not taken for credit (PPOL 998A), students are required to take an additional MPP-approved elective course. It is highly recommended that students consult with their MPP Academic Advisor to determine the best path for the student.
Students choose two (2) elective courses from either the Policy Analysis Track or Strategy and Communication Track list of courses.