The JU Public Policy Institute-Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL) MPP-JD joint degree program is a 4 year program. If pursued separately, both degrees would take 5 years to complete. In year 1, students will complete the entire first year curriculum in either the JU MPP program or the FCSL JD program. In year two, the other school’s first year curriculum will be completed. In years 3 and 4, students will take a mix of law and policy courses.
JU PPI will recognize 12 credits of JD coursework towards the MPP degree, and FCSL will recognize 12 credits of MPP coursework towards the JD degree. The total coursework will consists of 114 credit hours, with 36-credit hours of public policy coursework, including an internship (2 credit MPP internship requirement can be met through an MPP internship, qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience; it must be completed prior to the fourth year) and 78 credit hours of JD coursework. The law school courses include two courses that provide a framework for policymaking: Administrative Law and Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process.
Students interested in applying to the MPP-JD program must complete both the JU MPP application and FCSL JD application. Interested students must meet the entrance requirements for both JU PPI and FCSL and be accepted into each institution. To be accepted to FCSL, students must take the LSAT exam. JU PPI will recognize the LSAT score and will not require the GRE or GMAT for acceptance to the MPP-JD program. Admission to one program will not guarantee that the applicant will be admitted to the other. Applications will be welcomed from students with baccalaureate degrees in any field.
Students may apply for acceptance into the joint degree program prior to enrolling in the JD or MPP programs or at any time during their first year in the JD program or the MPP program. Students wishing to apply for the MPP-JD joint degree program after that time must apply for and be granted a waiver by both FCSL and JU PPI. The joint degree program is not available to those who have already earned a JD or MPP degree.
Students attending JU PPI in year one will likely have the following course of study:
First Year: 24 MPP Credits
- PPOL 501. Microeconomics for Public Policy (3)
- PPOL 511. Political Institutions, Processes and Public Policy (3)
- PPOL 512. Ethics and Public Policy (3)
- PPOL 521. Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods (3)
- PPOL 502. Public Finance (3)
- PPOL 513. Law and Public Policy (3)
- PPOL 530/DSIM 530. Analytical Methods of Decision-Making (2) or PPOL 531. Quantitative Methods and Analysis (2)
- PPOL 550/MGT 550. Leading Organizations (2)
- PPOL 590. JU PPI Internship (2)
Second Year: 30 JD Credits
Third Year: 24 JD Credits and 6 MPP Credits
PPOL 541. Public Policy Analysis (3)
PPOL Management Course (3): PPOL 611, PPOL 612, or PPOL 613.
Fourth Year: 24 JD Credits and 6 MPP Credits
PPOL 695/PPOL 696 – Capstone Policy Project: Client Policy Project I (3) and II (3)
PPOL 697/PPOL 698 – Capstone Policy Project: Policy Research Project I (3) and II (3)