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Dual MPP-JD Degree Master in Public Policy + Juris Doctor

The Public Policy Institute partners with any ABA accredited law school to  offer a Master in Public Policy - Juris Doctor (MPP-JD) dual degree program that combines your interests and training in public policy with the intensive legal training of a JD program.

In the first year, students complete the entire first year curriculum of the MPP degree. In the next three years, students attend law school and complete the JD curriculum and MPP capstone project. 

Applicants seeking admission to the MPP-JD dual degree program must be admitted to both the MPP program and the ABA accredited JD program of their choice, by meeting each program's admission requirements. Students accepted into the MPP program may begin the MPP curriculum and apply to law school during the first year of their MPP degree. Students may then complete their capstone while completing their JD curriculum. 

Why choose our program?

The Dual Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and Juris Doctorate (JD) at Jacksonville University:

upward arrow Provides alternative legal career pathways

three people Prepares you for an understanding of law and public policy

real world Allows you to take the MPP-JD curriculum at any ABA Accredited Law School

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Steve headshot“As a public sector employee, I have found the JU MPP experience to be highly fulfilling. The broad mix of courses arm public sector employees with the tools needed to formulate good, effective policy. The insights into the unique characteristics of consolidated government are invaluable, particularly to non-natives. Finally, the opportunity to collaborate with employees of other city agencies fosters strong working relationships and a unified city government.”

Steve McInall, MPP'19 Vice President, Energy and Water Planning, JEA

Admissions

Graduating seniors and mid-career applicants:

Applicants seeking admission to the JU MPP-JD dual degree program must apply to and be admitted to both the JU MPP program and the ABA accredited JD program of their choice, by meeting each program’s admissions requirements. 

Current Law (JD) students:

All current JD students who wish to pursue the dual MPP-JD program must apply to and be admitted to the MPP program through the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in addition to being accepted into their respective law school. See Graduate Admission Requirements for the MPP program.

Current Jacksonville University MPP students:

All current MPP students who wish to pursue the dual MPP/JD program must apply to and be admitted to the ABA accredited JD program of their choice in addition to being accepted into the Jacksonville University's MPP program through the Public Policy Institute. See Admission Requirements for the JD program

Veterans' Applications

Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the MPP or MPP dual degree programs. The MPP Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.

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Curriculum

The Institute recognizes 12 credits of law school coursework toward the MPP degree.  36 credits are in public policy and the JD credits are determined by the law school.

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