Law and Public Policy (JD/MPP)

The University of Michigan Law School and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offer a joint degree program, leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees.

Program Overview

This program is designed primarily for those seeking policy and administrative positions in the public sector. Many Michigan JD/MPP students pursue the joint degrees because of an interest in joining a government relations law practice or other policy-oriented organizations.

Course of Study

The joint program takes four years to complete.The typical sequence of study is one year full-time in the Law School, completing required first-year courses, and one year full-time in the Ford School. These two years are followed by two years of mixed enrollment. When courses from both schools are taken in one term, tuition will be assessed at either the Law School or the Rackham rate, whichever is higher.

Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree.

  Number of Credits* Credits must include
Minimum credit hours required for MPP program 30 Core Coursework + 4 PubPol credit hours
Minimum credit hours required for JD program 70 Required Curriculum
Total credit hours required for dual degree: 100  

*Credit hours listed reflect reduction of minimum hours from each program.

MPP non-credit requirement:
Students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position.

Please note:

  • No credit is awarded for core courses successfully waived by passing waiver exams; credit must be earned with PubPol electives.
  • Dual degree students will be required to complete at least one PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) in their first or second year. All MPP students, including dual degrees, have the option of completing a second IPE or enrolling in PubPol 778: Project Skills Workshop to complete the requirement. Learn more about the Integrated Policy exercise and this requirement.

Please contact the Michigan Law School for additional information about program requirements beyond the required curriculum.

Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for additional dual/joint degree information requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. The LSAT may be submitted in place of the GRE for the Ford School.

The combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the JD or MPP degree. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply for admission to the joint program in the fall term.


For more information or an application, please contact:

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Office of Student and Academic Services
2236 Weill Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0453
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The University of Michigan School of Law
Office of Admissions
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
Phone: (734) 764-0537