The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University of Miami Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences offers a joint J.D./M.P.A. in Law and Public Administration. This curriculum prepares Law School students for government, political and nonprofit legal positions. The 112-credit degree program provides a solid theoretical framework and grounding in policy analysis, administration, and management.

The joint program allows students to obtain both JD and MPA degrees in four years. The first year is spent in the Law School and years two through four are spent taking both Law and MPA courses.

For further information contact the Department of Political Science at 305-284-2401 or the Law School at 305-284-5535.

Admission Requirements

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 admission to the M.P.A. program students must complete an MPA application. If they apply before the end of their first year in Law School, they will not need to take the GRE exam. Their LSAT score will be used instead of the GRE. For more details on the M.P.A. program, visit the M.P.A. website.

Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program.

J.D./M.P.A. Proposed Sample Schedule with 4 years, no summers: (Note: schedule can be shortened through summer credits).

Curriculum Requirements

JD REQUIREMENTS82
Refer to the link below for more information on the JD Requirements for Dual/Joint Degrees.
MPA REQUIREMENTS
Required Courses27
Budget and Financial Management and Administration
Organizational Dynamics and Management
Statistics for Politics and Public Administration
Introduction to Graduate Public Administration
Public Policy Process and Implementation
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Public Service Internship
Government and 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
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 Hours112

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
LAW 11 Civil Procedure I 3
LAW 12 Contracts 4
LAW 13 Elements 3
LAW 15 Torts 4
LAW 19 Legal Communication and Research I 2
 Credit Hours16
Spring
LAW 14 Property 4
LAW 16 Criminal Procedure 3
LAW 17 U.S. Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 29 Legal Communication and Research II 2
Law Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
Upper Level Law Courses 9
M.P.A. Courses 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Upper Level Law Courses 9
M.P.A. Courses 6
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
Upper Level Law Courses 8
M.P.A. Courses 6
 Credit Hours14
Spring
Upper Level Law Courses 9
M.P.A. Courses 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Four
Fall
Upper Level Law Courses 6
M.P.A. Courses 6
 Credit Hours12
Spring
Upper Level Law Courses 9
M.P.A. Courses 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours112
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