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Law and International Policy Studies

Course Requirements

JD/IPS students ordinarily commence their study in the law school, and must be enrolled full time in the law school for their first year. They spend their second year taking core IPS courses. During their third and fourth years students take a mix of JD and IPS courses, including courses in their selected area of policy concentration. Students must satisfy the requirements for both the JD and the MA degrees as specified in the Stanford Bulletin or elsewhere.

The law school shall approve courses from the IPS program that may count toward the JD degree, and the IPS program shall approve courses from the law school that may count toward the MA degree. As many as 54 quarter units of approved courses may be counted toward both degrees. No more than 31 quarter units of courses that originate outside the law school may count toward the law degree.

The maximum number of law school credits that may be counted toward the MA in the IPS program is 22.5 quarter hours. The program plan for each joint JD/IPS degree student must be approved by his or her law school and IPS advisors.