Juris Doctor/Masters of Public Affairs
Dual Degree Program
Students completing the following course of study will be eligible to receive the JD degree from the School of Law and the MPA degree from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. This course of study may be completed in four years. Normally, students require three years to complete the requirements for the JD degree and two years to complete the requirements for the MPA degree.
School of Law Required Courses
(89 hours required for graduation)
Second or Third Year
Public Affairs Requirements
(39 hours required for graduation)
- PA 8150 Foundations of New Governance (3)
- PA 8160 Organizational Dynamics & Leadership (3)
- PA 8170 Public Policy Processes & Strategies (3)
- PA 8180 Research Methods & Inquiry in Public Affairs I (3)
- PA 8181 Research Methods & Inquiry in Public Affairs II (3)
- PA 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Policy I (3)
- PA 8210 Ethics, Democracy and the Public Service (3)
- PA 8211 MPA Capstone: Applied Project (3)
- PA 8280 MPA Internship (3)
- Plus 9 credit hours in your Area of Specialization
9 hours of elective course work (6 hours of Law electives are allowed)
Students who have:
- Successfully completed the requirements for a JD degree,
- Filed with the Director of Graduate Studies, Truman School of Public Affairs a Statement of Intention to pursue the JD/MPA Dual Degree Program, and
- completed the listed law courses with a grade of 70.00 or above, will have the following corresponding hours and course requirements waived:
- PA 8210 Ethics, Democracy & the Public Service (3) waived for 5280 Professional Responsibility (3)
- PA 8280 MPA Internship (3) waived for 5570 Externship (3)
Law School Electives
Of the 89 hours required for graduation, at least 83 hours of credit must be law school credit, including 45 hours of required course work. Six credit hours in elective courses at the Truman School of Public Affairs will be counted toward the 89 total hours required for graduation. JD/MPA students must take at least 9 hours of elective law credit from the following list:
Plus 3 hours of the following:
Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the Truman School and the School of Law for further information on admissions requirements. Both applications and the request must normally be submitted before a student has substantially completed the requirements of either program. However, petitions requesting admission to the Dual Degree Program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.
- Students wishing to pursue the JD/MPA Dual Degree Program must meet the admission requirements and be admitted separately for both the School of Law and the Truman School of Public Affairs. For further information on the admission requirements of both schools, consult their school catalogs. As soon as possible, students should file a Statement of Intention to pursue the JD/MPA Dual Degree Program with the Associate Dean of the Law School and the Director of Graduate Studies, Truman School of Public Affairs. The Statement of Intention may be a short letter simply stating the intention to pursue the dual degree. Students who have not submitted a Statement of Intention may not be considered Dual Degree candidates eligible to receive the benefits of the course of study outlined in these pages.
- A Statement of Intention ceases to be effective when the student no longer intends to pursue the Dual Degree course of study. If a student wishes to withdraw from the Dual Degree Program, he or she should notify both the Associate Dean at the School of Law and the Director of Graduate Studies, Truman School of Public Affairs. Dual Degree candidates who subsequently decide to pursue only the MPA or the JD degree must complete the degree program in its entirety and subject to the same rules and requirements as students not pursuing a Dual Degree.
- Law students who receive credit under the Dual Degree Program for taking Public Administration courses may not receive credit for taking other classes outside the School of Law.
- Student honors and class ranks at the School of Law will be computed based on:
Dual Degree candidates enrolled in a cross-listed Law/Public Administration course as a Public Administration course shall notify the instructor of their status.
- Classes enrolled in as law courses, and
- Any cross-listed Law/Public Administration course enrolled in as a law course
- Because of accreditation requirements, the School of Law cannot award credit for any class taken before matriculation at the School of Law. Therefore, Dual Degree candidates are strongly urged to gain admittance and enroll themselves at the School of Law before taking any Public Administration courses which the candidate is intending to count toward the JD degree.
- Students are strongly advised to consult with academic advisors at both schools before designing and undertaking a personal course of study.