Law and Public Policy

The Law and Public Policy program examines public policy from an interdisciplinary law and social science perspective. Our students engage in public policy analysis and research in several areas including crime, law and justice; health policy; labor market analysis and workforce development; health policy; sustainability and climate change; and urban policy. LPP graduates enter careers in research, teaching, government, non-profit, and legal institutions.

M.S. in Law and Public Policy

The Masters in Law and Public Policy prepares students with diverse policy interests to enter professional careers in government, and legal, non-profit, and research organizations. The program examines law and public policy from an interdisciplinary social science and legal perspective.  Our students gain an understanding of how law and public policy are created, modified, and evaluated at all scales of government and develop knowledge and skills in public policy analysis and research.  The program examines a full range of strategies for creating policy change, including legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Students engage in policy analysis and applied research that develops real-world solutions to public policy challenges. The MS in LPP program approach to public policy emphasizes the public interest and social justice.
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J.D./M.S. dual degree in Law and Public Policy

This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for students who want a solid background in public policy as well as law. The master’s degree (MS) in Law and Public Policy is an interdisciplinary public policy program that prepares students for careers in government, non-profit and legal organizations, and research. Students first complete the law degree, taking the specific courses indicated. After completing the Juris Doctor (JD) students then take one year of courses in LPS, ending with a capstone course. Students examine a full range of strategies for creating policy change, including legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Students engage in policy analysis and applied research that develops real-world solutions to public policy challenges.
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Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy

The Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy is an interdisciplinary public policy program that provides a comprehensive view of the policy making process and its outcomes. Our interdisciplinary focus means that students come from a variety of backgrounds. And our students typically have several years of work experience. Students quickly find that engaging in a classroom with other students who hold degrees such as the MBA, JD, MPH, or other social science degrees is quite an intellectually stimulating experience. Areas of policy emphasis include health, environment, crime and justice, education and the labor market, urban policy, and race and gender.

Many graduates have found tenure‐track academic positions, some are well placed in the court system, and others have been hired in state government policy research positions.
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