USC Price School of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor

The Price School of Public Policy and the Law School offer a dual degree that enables qualified students to earn both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Public Policy in approximately four years of study.

The dual degree allows students to acquire a blend of the analytic skills of public policy and an understanding of legal institutions and processes. This combination of knowledge is well suited for law students who want to affect the policy-making process and craft legislation to aid in the achievement of public policy goals. It is equally appropriate for prospective policy analysts who are interested in law and public policy.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both schools. They may be accepted to the dual degree at the time of their acceptance to the Law School or at the beginning of their second year of law school. Dual degree students spend the first year of the program completing the required first year of law school. The remaining units of law courses and the required 36 units of core MPP courses are taken by students in the second through fourth years.

Students are required to complete 114 units of course work, including 78 units in the Law School and 36 units in the Price School of Public Policy.

Public Policy

  • Intersectoral Leadership (PPD 500) – 2 units
  • Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (PPD 501ab) – 2,2 units = 4 units
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis (PPD 554) – 2 units
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PPD 555) – 4 units
  • Modeling and Operations Research (PPD 557) – 4 units
  • Statistical Analysis (PPD 558) – 4 units
  • Methods for Policy Analysis (PPD 560) – 4 units
  • Policy Analysis Practicum (PPD 561ab) – 4 units total (3+1)
  • Management Elective (PPD 516x, 541, 545, 654, 656, 661, 662, 675, 687 or 690) – 4 units
  • Analytic Elective (PPD 542, 587, 617 or 647) – 4units

**Please consult with the MPP Director for approval