Degree Programs

Welcome to Law and Public Policy (LPP), an interdisciplinary program that offers the PhD, and JD/MS degrees. We also offer an undergraduate minor.

The Law and Public Policy program examines public policy from an interdisciplinary law and social science perspective. Our students engage in public policy analysis and research in several areas including crime, law and justice; health policy; labor market analysis and workforce development; health policy; sustainability and climate change; and urban policy. LPP graduates enter careers in research, teaching, government, non-profit, and legal institutions.


JD/MS dual degree in Law and Public Policy

This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for students who want a solid background in both public policy and law. The master’s degree (MS) in Law & Public Policy (LPP) prepares students for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and legal organizations, and research. After completing the first year of the law degree, students take one year of courses in the LPP program, concluding with a capstone course. In their coursework, students examine a full range of strategies for creating and implementing policy change in different branches and levels of government. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and typically enter the program with several years of work experience, which make the classroom learning environment especially rich. Students can create a unique policy specialization from these focus areas: health policy; sustainability, climate change and the environment; urban policy; and crime, law and justice.

PhD in Law and Public Policy

The PhD in Law and Public Policy (LPP) offers an innovative, rigorous and empirically based law and public policy curriculum that prepares graduates to enter careers in academia, research, and government service. The program focuses on the full scope of law and public policy from an interdisciplinary social science and legal perspective.

You will acquire an understanding of how law and public policy is created, modified, and studied at all levels of government, and develop the skills to choose and implement the right approaches and tools to do theoretically based policy analysis.

Our interdisciplinary focus means that students come from a variety of backgrounds. And our students typically have several years of work experience. You will find that engaging in a classroom with other students who hold degrees such as the MBA, JD, MPH, or other social science degrees is quite an intellectually stimulating experience. Our students engage in public policy analysis and research in several areas including health policy; sustainability, climate change and environmental policy; crime, law and justice; and urban policy.

Many graduates have found tenure track academic positions, some are well placed in the court system, and others work for government or non-profit policy research organizations.

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Guide Booklet 2014-2015

College of Social Sciences and Humanities General Regulations 2014-2015



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