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Graduate Catalog 2007-08 
Graduate Catalog 2007-08 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Joint Doctor of Laws and Master of Public Administration

Robert Peters
Room 220E, Walwood Hall

The joint JD/MPA degree program provides advanced practitioner-oriented education in legal, administrative, and policy processes that are essential to the effective management of legal practices as well as health care, nonprofit, and public organizations. The combination of skills and theory is also ideal for pre-career and in-career students who aspire to careers in court administration, criminal justice, regulation, drafting legislation, lobbying, senior management, and politics. Law courses are offered at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids and Lansing Branch Campuses and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The remaining MPA courses are offered on the main campus in Kalamazoo and the University’s regional campuses in Battle Creek and Lansing. Courses will be offered in the Grand Rapids and Berrien County regional campuses through Fall, 2007.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for each program. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School JD program and the Western Michigan University MPA program maintain independent admission requirements, processes, and committees. Consequently, admission to one degree program does not guarantee admission to the second program.

Students are urged to consult an advisor before pursuing the joint JD/MPA degree.

Program Requirements

Joint degree students must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. Thomas M. Cooley Law School students may transfer a maximum of six credit hours to the MPA law concentration and waive the MPA law requirement. The combination of transfers and waiver reduces the MPA program requirement for in-career students from 39 to 30 credit hours.

MPA students may transfer to the Thomas M. Cooley Law School JD program a maximum of six credit hours of MPA law courses and three credit hours of PADM 6000: Historical and Legal Foundation of American Public Administration or other appropriate MPA core course.