Law and MPA Joint Degree

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The Juris Doctor Curriculum

The Juris Doctor program consists of 79 credit hours of instruction. The law curriculum consists of 36 credit hours of required courses. Thirty credits are taken during the student's first year in the program.

The remaining 43 credit hours of elective classes may be chosen from the large selection of courses offered by the College of Law.

In addition, all J.D. students must complete an upper level writing requirement and 20 hours of pro bono legal work.

The following are the 36 credit hours of required courses in the J.D. curriculum:

Civil Procedure
Contracts I
Contracts II
Criminal Law
Property I
Property II
Torts
Legal Writing & Research I
Legal Writing & Research II
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Professional Responsibility
4
3
2
4
2
3
4
2
3
3
3
3
TOTAL
36


Public Administration Curriculum

CORE CURRICULUM
A student enrolled in the joint degree program must complete 33 credit hours, consisting of 9 core courses from the Askew School of Public Administration, an internship, and an Action Report. All courses are 3 credits each.

The core courses for the M.P.A. program are:

COURSE NAME
COURSE NUMBER

The Profession of Public Admin.
Public Organization
Managing Public Fin. Resources
Policy Development & Admin.
Research Design
Quant. Analysis in Public Admin.
Seminar: Action Report
PAD 5050
PAD 5106
PAD 5227
PAD 5035
PAD 5700
PAD 5701
PAD 6908





In addition, 6 credit hours of M.P.A. specialization and elective courses are required to complete the M.P.A. program. Students will select two courses in consultation with their advisor or the M.P.A. Director. The list of elective M.P.A. courses can be found on the Web site for the Askew School of Public Administration.


The major responsibility for planning and carrying out an integrated program of courses in both schools lies with the individual student assisted by the advisor for the program in each school. The joint degree program must be completed within 5 years, although most students complete the program in four years. For further information, contact both the College of Law and the Askew School of Public Administration.

J.D. PROGRAM
Professor David Markell
Florida State College of Law

Room 322
425 West Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Tel: 850.644.7692
E-mail: dmarkell@law.fsu.edu
Web site: www.law.fsu.edu

M.P.A. PROGRAM
Velda Williams
Academic Program Specialist
Askew School of Public Administration
FSU College of Social Sciences
Room 634
Bellamy Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Tel: 850.644.3060
E-mail: Vtwillia@mailer.fsu.edu
Web site: http://askew.fsu.edu