The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute-Florida Coastal School of Law  JD/MPP joint degree program is a four year program.  If pursued separately, both degrees would take five years to complete.  In year one, students will complete the entire first year curriculum in either the JU MPP program or the Coastal Law 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.

JU PPI will recognize 12 credits of JD coursework towards the MPP degree, and Coastal Law will recognize 12 credits of MPP coursework towards the JD degree.  The total coursework will consists of 114 credit hours, with 36-credit hours of public policy coursework, including an internship (2 credit MPP internship requirement can be met through an MPP internship, qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience; it must be completed prior to the fourth year) and 78 or 81 credit hours, as applicable, of JD coursework. The law school courses include two courses that provide a framework for policymaking: Administrative Law and Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process.

Students interested in applying to the JD/MPP program must complete both the JU MPP application and Coastal Law JD application. Interested students must meet the entrance requirements for both JU PPI and Coastal Law and be accepted into each institution.  To be accepted to Coastal Law, students must take the LSAT exam.  JU PPI will recognize the LSAT score and will not require the GRE or GMAT for acceptance to the JD/MPP program.  Admission to one program will not guarantee that the applicant will be admitted to the other.  Applications will be welcomed from students with baccalaureate degrees in any field.  Prospective students can apply online to JU here.

Students may apply for acceptance into the joint degree program prior to enrolling in the JD or MPP programs or at any time during their first year in the JD program or the MPP program. Students wishing to apply for the JD/MPP joint degree program after that time must apply for and be granted a waiver by both Coastal Law and JU PPI.


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Dual Degree Enrollment Form

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