Master of Public Affairs

The Law School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs offer a dual degree program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and Master of Public Affairs (M.P. Aff.). 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.

Alumni currently hold positions in the offices of U.S. Congressmen, federal district judges, regulatory agencies, city attorneys, and district attorneys, and are partners or associates in law firms dealing with such issues as EEO, international law, criminal justice, and environmental law.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn the JD and M.P.Aff. degrees simultaneously in four years rather than the five years the two degrees would otherwise require. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both schools is completed. In general, dual degree 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 organizations with a substantial public policy interest.
  • Year III and IV: Course work in both schools, including the preparation of a Master’s Professional Report.

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.

Curriculum Requirements

School of Law

The Law School’s first-year curriculum includes six one-term 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 Legal Analysis and Communication (3 units) in the fall, Persuasive Writing and Advocacy (2 units) in the spring, and an optional elective course of 2-3 units in the spring term. The first year program in the law school usually totals 30 units of credit.

The upper-class curriculum includes required advanced courses listed on the Degree Requirements page.

LBJ School

The first-year curriculum in the LBJ School normally consists of required core courses. For more information, see the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs website.

How to Apply

Students must apply to both programs separately and be accepted independently by both. While applicants are encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously, applicants may also apply for the other program during the student’s first year at whichever program they begin.

Financial Aid

The LBJ School has limited funds for qualified students who merit financial assistance and who can show need by completing the ACT Family Financial Statement. Dual degree program students in law and public affairs may apply to the LBJ School for such assistance in their first full year in the LBJ School.


Professor Michele Deitch

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