Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy
J.D./M.P.P. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete all course requirements of both the J.D. and M.P.P. degrees. In addition to the J.D. and M.P.P. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. The J.D./M.P.P. program requires completion of 115 academic credits (76 credits in law and 39 credits in M.P.P. courses). Nine credits of M.P.P. coursework will count towards the J.D. degree requirements, and 9 credits of J.D. coursework will count towards the M.P.P. degree requirements. The program also requires: (1) completion of the graduation requirements for both programs; (2) meeting the Law Center Residency Requirement; and (3) maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in the M.P.P. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the J.D. program (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies).
The required 115 J.D./M.P.P. academic credits are distributed as follows:
31 credits in the required first-year law program;
18 credits of M.P.P. required courses: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 1 and 2; Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis; Regression Methods for Policy Analysis; Public Policy Process (or Comparative Policy Process); and Public Management (or Comparative Public Management); and 6 credits of M.P.P. elective courses;
6 credits of M.P.P. required courses taken in the third or fourth year: Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods; Ethics, Values, and Public Policy (or Ethics in a Globalized World); and 3 credits of M.P.P. elective courses;
6 credits of M.P.P. required courses taken in the third or fourth year: a two-semester capstone project (either Thesis Workshop I & II or Policy Analysis Capstone I & II);
10 required J.D. credits which include:
An Administrative Law course (students may choose from Administrative Law; Government Processes; or Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy);
Constitutional Law II; and
A Legislation course (students may choose from Legislation and Statutory Interpretation Seminar; Lawmaking: Introduction to Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation; Legislation; Legislative Process Workshop; or the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic); and
35 credits in additional J.D. courses, including Professional Responsibility and successful completion of the legal writing requirement, taken in the upperclass years.
A typical distribution of the 115 academic credits in the J.D./M.P.P. Program is as follows:
First year: 31 J.D. credits
Second year: 24 M.P.P. credits
Third Year: 21 J.D. credits, 9 M.P.P. credits
Fourth Year: 24 J.D. credits, 6 M.P.P. credits
For more detailed information, please read the J.D./M.P.P. Joint Degree Handbook.