JD/Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree Program

USF's JD/Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) dual degree program will prepare you for a lifetime of effective, ethical leadership at the nexus of law and politics.

With a Master of Public Affairs from the USF College of Arts and Sciences Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and a Juris Doctor from the USF School of Law, graduates are uniquely prepared to serve our community and create positive change through the political process. This four-year program is designed to prepare law school graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective political action by merging hands-on experiences with rigorous graduate seminars.

The dual degree program provides a cost and time savings of more than a year. Students may begin their course of study in either program. 

JD/MASTER OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS CURRICULUM

To receive the JD/MoPA dual degree, students must earn at least 84 law units (including 42 units in required core law courses) plus 36 MoPA units. MoPA units equal 12 units in required core MoPA courses plus 12 units in elective MoPA courses (including 3 units of law externship or legal clinic and 3 units of law upper level research and writing plus 12 units from approved law school electives).

Law School to MoPA Pathway

First-Year Law Courses (28 Law units) Law Units MoPA Units
LAW 600 Civil Procedure 4 units  
LAW 602 Contracts 4 units  
LAW 604 Criminal Law 3 units  
LAW 605 Criminal Procedure 3 units  
LAW 606, 607 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis 6 units  
LAW 608 Property 4 units  
LAW 610 Torts 4 units  

 

Second-Year MoPA Courses (18 MoPA units) Law Units MoPA Units
MoPA 601 Proseminar in Applied American Politics (required)   3 units
MoPA 604 Public Affairs and Applied Democratic Theory (required)   3 units
Four MoPA Elective Courses selected from the following:   12 units
MoPA 602 Writing for Public Affairs Professionals (3 units)    
MoPA 603 Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs (3 units)    
MoPA 611 Campaign Organization and Management (3 units)    
MoPA 612 Non-Profits and Public Policy (3 units)    
MoPA 613 Race, Organizing & Policy Advocacy (3 units)    
MoPA 614 Strategic Communications (3 units)    
MoPA 615 The Politics of Public Policy (3 units)    
MoPA 621 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3 units)    
MoPA 622 Applied Political Psychology (3 units)    
MoPA 623 Urban Politics: San Francisco (3 units)    
MoPA 624 Lobbying and Governmental Relations (3 units)    
MoPA 625 Grassroots Advocacy and Mobilization (3 units)    
MoPA 626 Issue Advocacy (3 units)    
MoPA 628 CaMoPAign Theory and Practice (3 units)    

 

Third-Year Law Courses  (28-32 Law units) Law Units MoPA Units
LAW 637 Administrative Law 3 units  
LAW 614 Constitutional Law 4 units  
LAW 616 Evidence 4 units  
Law Electives and/or Floating Required Law Courses 17-21 units 12 units

 

Fourth-Year Law Courses Law Units MoPA Units
Legal Externship in Public Agency or Organization (or Legal Clinic) Variable 3 units
LAW 617 Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 units  
Law Professional Skills Requirement Variable  
Law Upper Level Legal Research & Writing Requirement Variable 3 units
Law Electives Variable  

 

1. The legal externship in an appropriate public agency or organization (or legal clinic) may be used to simultaneously earn law units and satisfy the Public Affairs three-unit internship requirement with joint approval of Law and Public Affairs faculty.
2. The law Upper Level Legal Research and Writing Requirement will satisfy the Public Affairs Masters Capstone Project requirement with joint approval of Law and Public Affairs faculty.
3. The concurrent degrees will be awarded after the conclusion of all required courses, presuming normal progress, after the completion of the fourth year of the program.


MoPA to Law School Pathway

First-Year MoPA Courses (18 MoPA units) Law Units MoPA Units
MoPA 601 Proseminar in Applied American Politics (required)   3 units
MoPA 604 Public Affairs and Applied Democratic Theory (required)   3 units
Four MoPA Elective Courses selected from the following:   12 units
MoPA 602 Writing for Public Affairs Professionals (3 units)    
MoPA 603 Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs (3 units)    
MoPA 611 Campaign Organization and Management (3 units)    
MoPA 612 Non-Profits and Public Policy (3 units)    
MoPA 613 Race, Organizing & Policy Advocacy (3 units)    
MoPA 614 Strategic Communications (3 units)    
MoPA 615 The Politics of Public Policy (3 units)    
MoPA 621 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3 units)    
 MoPA 622 Applied Political Psychology (3 units)    
MoPA 623 Urban Politics: San Francisco (3 units)    
MoPA 624 Lobbying and Governmental Relations (3 units)    
MoPA 625 Grassroots Advocacy and Mobilization (3 units)    
MoPA 626 Issue Advocacy (3 units)    
MoPA 628 Campaign Theory and Practice (3 units)    

 

Second-Year Law Courses (28 Law units) Law Units MoPA Units
LAW 600 Civil Procedure 4 units  
LAW 602 Contracts 4 units  
LAW 604 Criminal Law 3 units  
LAW 605 Criminal Procedure 3 units  
LAW 606, 607 Legal Research, Writing & Analysis 6 units  
LAW 608 Property 4 units  
LAW 610 Torts 4 units  

 

Third-Year Law Courses (28-32 Law units) Law Units MoPA Units
LAW 637 Administrative Law 3 units  
LAW 614 Constitutional Law 4 units  
LAW 616 Evidence 4 units  
Law Electives and/or Floating Required Law Courses (law program) 17-21 units 12 units

 

Fourth-Year Law Courses Law Units MoPA Units
Legal Externship in Public Agency or Organization (or Legal Clinic) Variable 3 units
LAW 617 Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 units  
Law Professional Skills Requirement Variable  
Law Upper Level Legal Research & Writing Requirement Variable 3 units
Law Electives Variable  

 

1. The legal externship in an appropriate public agency or organization (or legal clinic) may be used to simultaneously earn law units and satisfy the Public Affairs three-unit internship requirement with joint approval of Law and Public Affairs faculty.

2. The law Upper Level Legal Research and Writing Requirement will satisfy the Public Affairs Masters Capstone Project requirement with joint approval of Law and Public Affairs faculty.

3. The dual degrees will be awarded after the conclusion of all required courses, presuming normal progress, after the completion of the fourth year of the program.