Law and Public Policy

College
College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Study Options
Full Time
Locations
Boston
Website
Full Program Description

We distinguish LPP from other public policy programs in two ways. First, while many public policy programs are mostly applied economics, economics is only one part of our curriculum. Our hallmark course, Strategizing Public Policy, illustrates our approach to the discipline. We use a case study method to analyze how policy is made at the local, state, and federal level through legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Second, students interested in developing a more theoretical and empirical understanding of the law will appreciate our law and society focus.

Core Courses and Sample Syllabi

Policy Focus Areas

  • Crime, Law, and Justice
  • Health Policy
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Urban Policy
College
College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Study Options
Full Time
Locations
Boston
Website
Full Program Description

The program begins begin with core courses in theories of public policy, research methodology, law, and economics. Then each student develops a unique plan of study in his or her chosen policy field. Students leave the program with solid theoretical grounding in public policy, a toolkit of research methodologies, and expertise in one or more policy areas. Students receive individualized advising from a faculty member in their policy focus area who can guide them in developing a curriculum and planning a career. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and typically have several years of work experience making the classroom environment especially rich.

Curriculum

Master’s candidates are required to successfully complete 37 semester hours of graduate coursework. One elective must be taken in the Law School. Credits cannot be double counted toward a law degree. Students may enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree program in two academic years; part-time students in three years. Courses are offered in the evenings.

College
College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Study Options
Full Time
Locations
Boston
Website
Full Program Description

Students begin with core courses in theories of public policy, research methodology, law and legal reasoning, economics and ethics. Then students develop a unique plan of study in their chosen policy fields. The program ends with a capstone project that allow students to integrate the subject matter of the program in an applied project.

Graduates will leave the program with a solid grounding in public policy theory and practice, research methodologies, and specialized expertise in one or more policy areas. Students will work with an individual faculty adviser in their policy focus area who will help choose courses and identify employment opportunities, during and after the time students are here. The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs has comprehensive career advising services to help students find placements after graduation.

Second year courses are taken in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. Students then fulfill the remaining Law School coursework and co-op requirements.

Policy School Courses
The following courses are taken in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs:

Law School Electives
Additional designated courses are taken in the Law School and count toward both degrees:

  • Strategic Litigation
  • Law elective on courts and public policy from approved list
  • Elective in policy focus area

Policy Focus Areas

  • Crime, Law, and Justice
  • Health Policy
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Urban Policy