Juris Doctor + Master of Public Administration

The JD/MPA program is designed for students who intend to concurrently earn Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration degrees. The degrees are offered through the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Admissions requirements for the dual JD/MPA program encompass those of both the LSU law center and the MPA program, as outlined by LSU Graduate School Catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students may take the first year in the MPA program, completing 24 hours, and will spend their second year completing coursework in the LSU Law Center. Joint program students will complete PADM 7852 Practicum the summer before their 2nd law year.

After completing a year of MPA and a year of law courses, students can take classes in the law center and MPA program. Law school courses will count toward the MPA program's degree requirements for electives. Alternatively, a student can start the program by attending a year of law school followed by the first year of MPA courses.  Students will work with faculty and an advisor to plan a schedule permitting them to graduate from the joint program in four years.

First Academic Year
(fall and spring)

MPA Year 1

Second Academic Year
(fall and spring) 

Law Year 1

Second Academic Years

Practicum/Internship Placement (This satisfies both PADM 7852 (one-credit) and law field placement.)

Third Academic Year
(fall and spring)

MPA Capstone in fall (PADM 7901, two-credits) concurrent with Law Year 2

Fourth Academic Year
(fall and spring)

Law Year 3



Schedule an appointment with the MPA Program Advisor to learn more about this exciting and versatile degree program. 



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Department of Public Administration

3000 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803