Dual Degree: Master of Public Policy / Juris Doctor


The Price School of Public Policy and the Gould School of Law offer a dual degree program enabling qualified students to earn both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Public Policy degrees in approximately four years.

The dual degree program connects analytic skills and theories of public policy with the processes of legal institutions. This combination of knowledge is well-suited for law students who want to affect the policy-making process and craft legislation. It is equally appropriate for prospective analysts who wish to better understand the legal practices that can advance or hold back 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 Gould School of Law or at the beginning of their second year of law school.

Dual degree students spend the first year of the program taking law courses exclusively. The remaining units of law and the required 36 units of core MPP courses are taken in the following three years.

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

Public Policy

  • Economics for Public Policy (PPD 503) — 4 units
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis (PPD 554) – 4 units
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (PPD 555) – 4 units
  • Multivariate 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 Electives (PPD 542, 557, 587, 617 or 647, PPDE 660, PM 542, SOCI 621, COMM 650) – 8 units