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;
  • 30 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) are typically taken in the first year of M.P.P. study, and Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods; Ethics, Values, and Public Policy (or Ethics in a Globalized World), and a two-semester capstone project are typically taken in the third and fourth years);
  • 9 credits of M.P.P. elective courses;
  • 10 required J.D. credits which include:
    • a course in Administrative Law (students may choose from Administrative Law; Government Processes; or Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy);
    • Constitutional Law II; and
    • a course in Legislation and Regulation (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 course in professional responsibility,
    • the upperclass legal writing requirement;
    • 6 credits of experiential coursework; and
    • For students matriculating in Fall 2022 or later:  a course that teaches students to think critically about the law’s claim to neutrality and the law’s differential effects on subordinated groups, including those identified by race, gender, indigeneity, and class.

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