In cooperation with the UConn Department of Public Policy, the School of Law offers students the J.D./M.P.A. dual degree program. Students obtaining a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is committed to educating students to serve the public interest in the governmental, nonprofit, and private sector arenas. The J.D./M.P.A. program provides education and training in the concepts, skills, and techniques of public policy analysis, intergovernmental relations, statistical decision making, public management, financial administration, and human resource management. The program prepares students for careers as executives, policy officials and administrators in federal, state or local government and in nonprofit organizations. It is also extremely beneficial for students who plan to specialize in areas in which a legal background is especially helpful, e.g., labor relations, health administration, environmental protection, intergovernmental relations and city and town government. Those wishing a broad education in law and government as well as those who want a public affairs and law perspective in a specific area will find the dual degree program equally appropriate. The program is flexible and individualized to provide each student with the best possible combination of these two disciplines.
All students who wish to pursue a dual degree program must first be granted separate admission into both programs. A dual degree enrollment form, approved by each school, will also be required. Students in the dual degree program may obtain both degrees in four years, compared with five years, if both degrees were pursued separately. Candidates admitted to both schools in the same year will ordinarily take their first year at the School of Law. However, students in their first year of the M.P.A. program may reverse this procedure if they are admitted to the School of Law for the following year. After the first year of law school, students ordinarily spend one year fulltime in the graduate school. During the third and fourth years, students will divide their time between the School of Law and the Graduate School depending on the students' choices and availability of desired courses. Additionally, all students must comply with the rules regarding credit load limitations. When credits from both programs are combined, without prior approval from the associate dean, full time students may not exceed (16) credits and part time students may not exceed (12) credits per semester. Students seeking to exceed these limits must obtain permission from the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School. In no case will permission to exceed these limits be granted if course work at the law school would account for more than (17) of the total combined credits in one semester, due to ABA Standards.
The J.D. degree program requires completion of (86) credits (including all required first-year courses, a course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility, and an intensive, analytical paper which satisfies a writing requirement). The M.P.A. degree program requires completion of (48) credits (including (26) credits of core courses, (12) credits of concentration courses, a six-credit internship as determined by the Graduate School and successful completion of the capstone preparatory and capstone course). Each school will accept (12) credits from the other as applicable for transfer.