Nov 28, 2022  
Graduate Catalog 2012-13 
Graduate Catalog 2012-13 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Joint Doctor of Laws and Master of Public Administration

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Advisor: Dr. Robert Peters
Room 220E
Walwood Hall

The joint J.D./M.P.A. 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 Lansing regional location and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The remaining M.P.A. courses are offered on the main campus in Kalamazoo and the University’s regional locations in Battle Creek and Lansing.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for each program. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. program and the Western Michigan University M.P.A. 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 J.D./M.P.A. 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 M.P.A. law concentration and waive the M.P.A. law requirement. The combination of transfers and waiver reduces the M.P.A. program requirement for in-career students from 39 to 30 credit hours.

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

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