JU, Coastal Law to offer dual juris doctor of law and master in public policy degree

Jacksonville University and Florida Coastal School of Law officials announced a groundbreaking collaboration Wednesday that will enable students to simultaneously obtain a master in public policy degree and juris doctor in law. The two degrees will be obtained in four years rather than five years if pursued separately. The master in public policy (MPP)-juris doctor (JD) dual degree program is the first of its kind in Florida.

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"This collaboration will better enable both institutions to attract students from a broader geographical area, and it advances our mutual goal of developing leaders of communities and organizations of tomorrow," said Rick Mullaney, the JU Public Policy Institute founding director. "JU is offering the first MPP degree in Florida and it is a unique opportunity for students to obtain a law degree at the same time."

Also on Wednesday, the two institutions entered into a course agreement that enables Jacksonville University master in public policy students to take policy-oriented courses at Coastal Law. Coastal Law Dean Peter Goplerud and Jacksonville University President Kerry Romesburg signed the agreements in a ceremony at JU. Classes for JU's master in public policy degree programs begin in August 2013. 

"This JD/MPP program offers an unparalleled combination of legal and public policy education not found anywhere else in the state of Florida," said Terri Davlantes, Coastal Law vice president of strategy and general counsel. "Much like our other partnerships with Jacksonville University, this new initiative represents a wonderful joint effort between our two schools."
  • Applicants to the MPP-JD program will be required to meet the entrance requirements for both JU PPI and FCSL and to be accepted into each institution.
  • To be accepted to FCSL, students must take the LSAT exam, which will be recognized by JU for acceptance to the MPP-JD program.
  • Students will pay tuition to FCSL for the credits taken at the law school to earn the JD degree, and students will pay JU for the MPP courses. 
  • JU PPI will recognize 12 credits of JD coursework towards the MPP degree, and FCSL will recognize 12 credits of MPP coursework towards the JD degree. The total coursework will consist of 114 credit hours -- 36 from the MPP program and 78 from the JD program.
  • In year one, students will complete the entire first year curriculum in either the JU MPP program or the FCSL JD program. In year two, the other school's first year curriculum will be completed. In years three and four, students will take a mix of law and policy courses. 
  • The public policy coursework will include an internship which can be met through an MPP internship, a qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience.
  • Courses taken in the JD program must include administrative law and statutory interpretation and legislative process, both of which provide a framework for policymaking.
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