Joint Degree Programs

Law & Public Policy

The close connection between law and public policy leads law students to seek careers in public policy formulation and administration. The School of Law recognizes the growing need for more technical policy training; joint study allows students to learn quantitative methods, microeconomics, political economy and bureaucracy, skills often required to secure important public policy positions. The joint degree (J.D./M.P.P.) enables public policy-oriented law students to take a year of intensive training in relevant skills, experience an expanded academic environment and systematically prepare for their chosen careers.

JURIS DOCTOR/MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY (M.P.P.) (School of Law and School of Public Affairs)

  • A four-year program (120 weeks of residency credit).
  • Satisfactory completion of at least seventy-three (73) first-year and elective Law School semester units and at least sixty-eight (68) Public Policy quarter units is required.
  • Satisfactory completion of a 400-hour field internship with an approved government agency, non-profit group or other approved organization is required.

For more detailed information about Joint Degree Requirements, please see the Summary of Academic Standards.

Information about the Public Policy portion of the Joint Degree Program:
J.D./M.P.P. (Public Policy)
(310) 825-0448
mppinfo@publicaffairs.ucla.edu