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J.D./M.P.P.

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 of Law Center courses and 39 credits of M.P.P. work, with 9 credits of M.P.P. coursework counted toward the J.D. and 9 credits of J.D. coursework counted toward the M.P.P. degree). The program also requires completion of the graduation requirements for both programs and 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: 

  • 30 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

  • 36 credits of additional J.D. courses, including a Professional Responsibility course and successful completion of the upperclass legal writing requirement. Students matriculating in Fall 2016 or later must also complete 6 credits of experiential coursework.

A typical distribution of the 115 academic credits in the J.D./M.P.P. Program:
 
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.

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