Juris Doctor/Master of Applied Politics

Juris Doctor/Master of Applied Politics

In today's world, students appropriately see a law degree as an entry to the world of politics.  This joint degree, which is the only one of its kind in the country, allows students to receive both the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a Master of Applied Politics (M.A.P.) degree with 18 fewer credits than if they took the programs consecutively.

The J.D./M.A.P. is a collaboration of the University's nationally recognized School of Law and Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics in the Department of Political Science.

The M.A.P. is a professional degree for campaign management, political party leadership, lobbying, and other political professions.  The courses in the joint degree include required and elective law classes, core and elective applied politics courses, a joint course in campaign and election, and an applied politics internship.

Most students will complete the equivalent of the first year of law school and then begin taking courses in both programs.  The program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

The legal training received in the School of Law, along with the applied politics training received in the Bliss Institute, will strengthen a student's education and better prepare him/her for job opportunities.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete the following:
J.D. required courses 44
Joint Law School/Political Science Course 3
3700:655/9200:655 Campaign and Election Law
M.A.P. required Courses
3700:570 Campaign Management I 3
3700:571 Campaign Management II 3
3700:600 Scope and Theory or Political Science 3
3700:601 Research Methods in Political Science 3
3700:672 Seminar: Political Influence & Organizations 3
3700:695 Internship in Government and Politics 3
*Three credits required: additional credits will be counted toward elective credit.
J.D. elective courses from approved list 32
M.A.P. elective courses from approved list 6
Prepare an applied politics portfolio containing:
  • At least two major papers prepared for required courses
  • An Applied politics capstone project assigned by the student's adviser
Pass an oral defense of the applied politics portfolio.