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Master of Global Policy Studies Dual Degree - MGPS and Law

Four-Year MGPS Dual Degree with UT Law School

The LBJ School and the University of Texas School of Law offer a four-year dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). The dual degree program responds to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with an advanced understanding of the global environment and facility in legal reasoning and credentials for the practice of law.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately four academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed. In general, students will progress through the dual degree curriculum by taking either degree's first-year sequence in their first year, taking the other degree's first-year sequence in their second year, and then taking electives and specialization requirements in subsequent years. Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total 107 credit hours of work:

Global Policy Studies Requirements

  • Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Simulation
  • An MGPS specialization (12 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization (specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as approved by the Graduate Adviser)
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program
  • Master's Professional Report

Law School Requirements

  • The Law School's first-year curriculum, for which courses and sections are preassigned (except for the elective) as follows:
    • Civil Procedure (one semester)
    • Constitutional Law I (one semester)
    • Contracts (one semester)
    • Criminal Law (one semester)
    • Legal Research and Writing (two semesters)
    • Property (one semester)
    • Torts (one semester)
  • Law School courses in Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law II, a writing seminar, and a Professional Skills course
  • Law School electives for the remainder of the total of 70 credit hours in the Law School, including six credits of electives designated as experiential

Admissions and Other Information

The LBJ School Faculty Coordinator for the MGPS/Law dual degree program is Michele Deitch.

Students interested in this dual degree program should consult the web pages of both component programs:

The University of Texas School of Law

Master of Global Policy Studies - LBJ School of Public Affairs