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Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy

In the combined law and public policy program, students receive both a master's degree (M.P.P.) and a J.D. degree in four years, instead of the five years that would be required if each degree were pursued separately. This joint degree is ideal for students interested in shaping public policy, either as advocates for public or private clients or as elected or appointed public officials. Students in the program gain a solid understanding of how lawyers can use policy analytic tools to represent public and private sector clients and how policy is constrained and enabled by law. Candidates interested in this joint degree program must apply to and gain acceptance by both the School of Law and the MPP program. Students may apply to both programs concurrently or may apply to one after having been accepted by and matriculated in the other. Students who have already been accepted by the Law School may substitute their LSAT scores for GRE scores in their Public Policy application. The Bolin Fellowship is available for highly qualified underrepresented populations enrolled in the joint MPP/JD program.