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Law and Public Policy

Course Requirements

The JD/MPP program requires a year of public policy core courses, including research design and analysis, cognitive psychology, applied economics, organizational behavior, philosophy, and political science, which JD students normally take after their first year of law school (Students may also elect to begin the MPP program after their 2L year.)

Instructors in the MPP core curriculum assume that students are familiar with calculus, intermediate undergraduate economics, and introductory statistics and probability. Ideally, student preparation will equal or exceed the material currently covered at Stanford in Math 4, Econ 92A or Stat 60, and Econ 50. Students who need a refresher course in math, economics, and statistics may take part in an MPP "boot camp," help in September.

After completing core courses, JD students take a mix of law and public policy courses, including at least three courses in a policy area of the students choice, as well as law school electives such as Administrative Law and Negotiating Public Policy Disputes that satisfy MPP requirements. Students design their policy concentrations in consultation with a law faculty advisor.

The two-year MPP curriculum overlaps substantially with the curriculum of the law school. Joint degree students are awarded credit in each program for coursework that would otherwise be duplicative, up to a maximum of 45 of the 90 units required for the MPP.

Students concentrate in policy studies within the subject matter of their primary degree programs. Joint MPP degrees typically add about one year to the total program of each student. The JD/MPP requires a total of 90 units of approved policy studies, of which a minimum of 45 units is not creditable to the JD degree. Program plans must be created and approved by a designated faculty advisor.