Joint Degree

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Neelio
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Joint Degree

Postby Neelio » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:26 am

let's say I'm unsure about getting a joint JD/MPA (concerned about workload, money, etc). Let's say a semester into law school I realize it will be doable- can I start my second year?

ausoccer19
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Re: Joint Degree

Postby ausoccer19 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:43 am

From the research I've done, yes. Typically, you take a year of law school (the first year courses that virtually every law school student takes), a year of business school, then mix the next two years with classes from each. Since you will already have the first year of law school done, you can then go straight into business school the second year and be on the same track you would have been otherwise. Most schools require you to apply and gain entry into each school separately, though, so you may need to decide before the end of first year so you have enough time to apply and be accepted to the business school (unless you already have been and they know your plans).

Personally, I have been waitlisted at my top two choices for law school and stand a much better chance of entry into their business schools right now. This considered, I will probably attend business school this fall, re-take the LSAT, and re-apply to law school, essentially reversing the first two years and doing the year of business before law. The schools I talked to were pretty flexible about which year you do first (one's website said law had to come first but when I talked to the admissions office, they said it wasn't a big deal to reverse and we could work something out). Hope this is helpful

Edit: Sorry, I misread and thought you said MBA instead of MPA. I believe that most joint degrees work the same though and this should probably still hold true. You may still want to double-check my info though

Neelio
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Re: Joint Degree

Postby Neelio » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:45 am

That was very helpful... thanks!

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Re: Joint Degree

Postby chutzpah » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:57 am

For most joint programs you can apply for the other program in your first year if you're not already in. I was considering doing a joint JD/MPP and was advised that its better to do the non-law program first year first because its better to have two consecutive years at law school for participation in journals, moot court, etc. A few people also told me that one of the drawbacks of the joint degree is that by splitting your time you are unable to fully commit to either program. Just something to think about.




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