The joint JD/MPP degree program requires a total of 130 units: 48 units of the public policy curriculum and 82 units of law courses. It thus permits the student to complete in four years what would ordinarily require five years if undertaken separately.
First-year law students follow a rigorous course of study that covers the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Ethical Lawyering, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts.
After the first year, students are required to complete 18-21 units of additional required courses (depending on the units offered for certain courses), including: Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, and Wills and Trusts.
Students also have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective courses, clinics, externships, and student-edited journals.
The required 48 units of MPP study and other MPP-related requirements for a joint MPP/JD are as follows:
The Roots of American Order: What is Public Policy (4 units)
Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy: Great Books and Great Ideas (4 units)
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy I (4 units)
Applied Research Methods in Public Policy (4 units)
Political, Organizational, and Strategic Aspects of Public Policy Analysis (4 units)
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy II (4 units)
Public Policy and the Legal Framework (4 units)
Policy Seminar (4 units)
Summer Internship or Field Study (CR/NC)
School of Public Policy Electives (20 units)