2017-2018 Catalog 
    Mar 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LLM/MPA in Master of Laws and Public Administration

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The dual degree program in law and public administration is designed for students interested in examining the integral relationship of law to public administration and management. The program is especially attractive to attorneys who seek to practice and innovate in the political, governmental, and not-for-profit realms. This dual degree program provides a broad theoretical grounding in public administration and management as well as a practical education in the analysis and implementation of policy and laws at all levels of government.

Application. Candidates for the dual degree program must qualify for admission to the LLM and MPA programs. The School of Public Affairs accepts LSAT scores in place of the GRE scores normally required for admission. For entering LLM students, applications for this program are first reviewed and acted upon by the law school. Upon admission to the law school, the application is forwarded directly to the School of Public Affairs for that school’s review and decision. 

Dual Degree Requirements

Master of Laws and Public Administration: LLM/MPA. Students must satisfy all requirements for the master of laws at the Washington College of Law and all requirements for the master of public administration at the School of Public Affairs. Students must complete successfully eighteen semester hours of law courses and twenty-four semester hours of MPA courses. Of the MPA courses, six semester credits approved by the law school will be applied to the LLM degree for a total of twenty-four credits for the LLM degree. Up to eighteen credit hours in law school courses may be credited toward the MPA requirements upon approval by the School of Public Affairs. The law school’s LAW - 892 The Washington Lawyer  seminar, or LAW - 580 Introduction to American Legal Institutions , may fulfill one of the two research course requirements for the MPA. One of the law school’s administrative law courses approved by the LLM Program must be completed satisfactorily to fulfill the MPA’s core requirements.

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