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Dual Degree Program in Law & Global Policy Studies

Program Purpose

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Law offer a Dual Degree program leading to two graduate degrees: the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Doctor of Jurisprudence. 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:

School of Law

The Law School's first-year curriculum includes six one-semester four-unit substantive law courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts. One of these six courses will include a writing component, which adds a unit of credit to the course. The rest of the first-year curriculum includes two semesters of Legal Research and Writing – two units of credit per semester – and an elective course of 2-3 units in the spring semester. The first year program in the law school usually totals 29 units of credit.

The upper-class curriculum includes the following requirements: Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law II, a writing seminar, and a Professional Skills course.

Global Policy Studies

For more information, see the LBJ School of Public Affairs website.


To participate in the JD/MGPS dual degree program, students must meet the separate admissions criteria of each school, must apply separately to each school, and must be accepted by each school independently.

Students may apply simultaneously to both programs, or they may enter one program first, and then, during their first year of study in that program, apply for admission to the second program. At the time of application to the second program, students should submit a statement of interest in the dual degree program to both schools.


  • LBJ School
    Admissions Records Coordinator
    Office of Student and Alumni Programs
    LBJ School of Public Affairs
    University of Texas at Austin
    Box Y
    Austin, TX 78713-8925
    (512) 232-4013