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Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree - MPAff and Law

Four-Year MPAff Dual Degree with UT Law

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Law offer a four-year dual degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). The program is designed to prepare qualified law and public affairs students for careers at any level of government and in public-policy related areas of the private sector or legal profession.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn the MPAff and JD degrees simultaneously in four years rather than the five years the two degrees would otherwise require. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both schools is completed. In general, dual degree program students progress through the curriculum as follows:

  • Year I: Full academic year in either school.
  • Year II: Full academic year in the school not attended in Year I, followed by a required summer internship with a governmental agency or other organization with a substantial public policy interest.
  • Year III: Coursework in both schools.
  • Year IV: Coursework in both school, including the preparation of a master's professional report.

Degree Requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the program, students must complete a minimum of 33 LBJ School credit hours and 70 credit hours at the School of Law, including all the first-year core courses in each school. The 3-hour master's professional report is written under the supervision of both schools.

Public Affairs Requirements

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 3 hours professional report
  • 3 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship

Law School Requirements

70 hours, including eight first-year law courses, required courses in professional responsibility and advanced constitutional law, a writing seminar, and approximately 30 hours of law electives, including six credits of electives designated as experiential. For more information on these requirements, please visit the Law School website.

Admissions and Other Information

The LBJ School Faculty Coordinator for the Public Affairs/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 Public Affairs - LBJ School of Public Affairs