JD/MS Dual Degree

What you can expect from the program:

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.


Information accurate as of August 2014. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Katie Kiggins or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.

It takes four years to complete the dual degree. Students take their first year of classes in the Law School followed by a legal co-op, Northeastern’s signature cooperative education program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of full-time co-op employment in positions related to a student’s academic and career interests.

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

  • Health Policy
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Urban Policy


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