The joint program allows students to obtain both JD and MPA degrees in four years. The program is designed to prepare law school students for government, political and nonprofit legal positions. The first year is spent in the Law School and years two through four are spent taking both Law and MPA courses.

To be admitted to this program, students must apply separately to both programs. Students may apply to the MPA program prior to beginning law school or anytime during the first or second year of law school. Students may begin the MPA program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. For further information contact the Department of Political Science at 305-284-2401 or the Law School at 305-284-5535.

Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses27
Budget and Financial Management and Administration
Organizational Dynamics and Management
Political Analysis
Introduction to Graduate Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis and Administration
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Public Service Internship
Political Environment of Business
Electives (Select one of the following)3
Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
Introduction To Game Theory For Political Science
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Administrative Law
Applied Policy Analysis
Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government
Politics and Ethics,Advanced CHI II for Graduate Research
Ethical and Manangerial Issues in Government, Business and Non-Profit Organization.
From Electronic Government To Digital Governance
Special Topics In Public Administration, Policy And Law
Special Topics In International Relations
Total Credit Hours30

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
Law Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Spring
Law Courses 16
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
Law Courses 9
MPA Courses 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Law Courses 9
MPA Courses 6
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
Law Courses 8
MPA Courses 6
 Credit Hours14
Spring
Law Courses 9
MPA Courses 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Four
Fall
Law Courses 6
MPA Courses 6
 Credit Hours12
Spring
Law Courses 9
MPA Courses 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours112