Loyola University Chicago

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School of Law

JD/MPP Dual-Degree Program

Overview of JD/MPP Dual Degree

The study of both public policy and law provides a powerful foundation for those interested in a career involving public service. It equips practitioners to work in multiple venues, including the courtroom, on a wide variety of problems.

Students will learn to analysis complex social and regulatory problems, design effective solutions to these problems, work as an advocacy in variety of settings (legislative, judicial, or executive), and use the tools of law in the creation, implementation and enforcement of government policies. Graduates will be prepared to work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and lobbying positions, as well as private sector firms.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the dual JD/MPP degree must apply separately for admission to both the Master of Public Policy Program and to the School of Law, indicating their intent to pursue a dual degree. Applicants only need to submit the LSAT test scores, not GRE scores.

Law school students who have completed their first year of law studies may be granted admission to the MPP program upon submission of a completed application, official transcripts from all postsecondary schools, and a letter of good standing from the Law School.

Degree Requirements

To complete the JD/MPP program, students must take 65 Law School credit hours plus 24 Master of Public Policy credit hours for a total of 89 credit hours. JD/MPP dual degree students can complete all requirements in three years with careful planning. Students will have two advisors for the dual degree program: one person from the Law School and one person from the Masters in Public Policy program. Each will assist in identifying courses in their respective programs appropriate for a student's interests.

Dual-degree students will spend their first year as full-time law school students. They will take one 3-credit MPP course in the spring semester. Starting in their second year, students can take up to two courses in the MPP program per semester. A public service externship will be completed in either the summer following the first or second year. The Law School's foundational course requirements and skills and experiential course requirements will be taken in the second and third years, concurrent with several MPP courses.

Students will take the following five required Masters of Public Policy courses:

  • Statistical Analysis for Public Policy I
  • Policy Design and Analysis
  • The Public Policy Process
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Economic Analysis in Public Policy
  • Three other MPP electives are required.

A typical progression of JD/MPP students is laid out below. Course credit hours are in parentheses.

Suggested JD/MPP Dual Degree Course Plan

First year
Fall
First year
Spring
Civil Procedure (4) Constitutional Law (4)
Property (4) Contracts (4)
Torts (4) Criminal Law (3)
Legal Writing (2) Legal Writing (2)
  Public Budgeting and Finance (3) OR MPP elective (3)
Law Credits: 14 Law Credits: 13
MPP Credits: 0 MPP Credits: 3
Second year
Fall
Second year
Spring
Second year
Summer
Law school core
foundational (3–4)
Law school core
foundational (3–4)
Law School
Externship (2)
Law school core
foundational (3–4)
Law school core
foundational (3–4)
 
Skills or
Experiential
Course (2)
Skills or
Experiential
Course (2)
 
Advocacy (2) MPP elective (3)
OR Public
Budgeting and
Finance (3)
 
Public Policy
Process (3)
   
Statistical
Analysis for
Public Policy (3)
   
Law Credits: 10 Law Credits: 10 Law Credits: 2
MPP Credits: 6 MPP Credits: 3 MPP Credits: 0
Third year
Fall
Third year
Spring
Law school
elective (3–4)
Law school
elective (3–4)
Law school
elective (3–4)
Law school
elective (3–4)
Policy Analysis
and Design (3)
Economic Analysis
for Public Policy (3)
MPP elective (3) MPP elective (3)
Law Credits: 8 Law Credits: 8
MPP Credits: 6 MPP Credits: 6

The Law School highly recommends that students enroll in the following core foundational courses as soon as practical in their law studies:

The Law School also requires one skills and one experiential course to be completed prior to graduation. These classes include:

The JD and MPP degrees normally will be awarded simultaneously upon successful completion of each respective degree's requirements.

More information:

For more information on the JD/MPP degree program, please contact:

School of Law
Mary Bird
Phone: 312.915.7661
mbird1@luc.edu

Master of Public Policy Program
MUAPP Program Coordinator
Phone: 773.508.3404
muapp@luc.edu