The J.D. & Master of Public Administration dual-degree program is offered by the Georgia State’s College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. It is designed for individuals who want to use their legal education to serve in the government and nonprofit sectors.
Since its founding in 1982, the College of Law has emphasized training attorneys to work for the public good. From offering legal services to rural residents to advising municipalities on policy implementation, Georgia State Law graduates are engaged with every aspect of civic life.
With an innovative legal curriculum, robust Pro Bono Program, study abroad opportunities and an ideal downtown Atlanta location, Georgia State Law is poised to prepare the next generation of practitioners.
Learning how law and policy interact is in-demand today more than ever. Recent J.D./M.P.A. graduates are employed by government agencies, and others are employed by private and nonprofit sector organizations concerned with issues of public policy and public administration.
Earn both degrees in a shorter time than if pursued separately.
To pursue a dual degree, students must be accepted by both colleges and satisfy the curriculum requirements for both programs.
- Current J.D. students should seek admission into the M.P.A. program as soon as possible.
- Current M.P.A. students must apply for the dual degree before completing 20 M.P.A. credit hours.
- Foundation or introductory coursework may be required for students based on their previous academic experience.
After students have been admitted to both the M.P.A. and J.D. programs and have declared their intent to enter the program, they must, at first opportunity, complete the first 30 hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After completion of these 30 hours of J.D. courses, enrollment in courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted.
If the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies does require any such courses, the College of Law recommends that students planning on part-time law study complete those courses prior to taking their first law courses.
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