Value of an MPA with your JD

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trayball23
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Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby trayball23 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:41 am

I have been looking at joint degree programs and I was wondering if anyone could give me some information on how valuable (or invaluable) an JD/MPA is. I am going into JAG and I am looking to keep my options open. I talked to some people at syracuse and PSU about this degree but not really sure if it is worth the extra time... any thoughts?

TNFSkier16
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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby TNFSkier16 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:45 am

+1. Interested in doing this as well. My guess is someone will shut us down.

trayball23
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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby trayball23 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:49 am

shut us down?

TNFSkier16
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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby TNFSkier16 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:09 am

As in say it isnt worth it.

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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby BlueDiamond » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:17 am

1) Find the amount of money the MPA costs including COL
2) Add that amount to your debt total
3) Ask yourself if the extra debt is worth it in order to spend another year or two out of the workforce
4) If yes, this is the only value it will bring you

TNFSkier16
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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby TNFSkier16 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:32 am

At Syracuse its basically a free degree and you graduate in 3 years from Maxwell (#1 in the nation).

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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby Orange6528 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:45 am

I'll be headed back to 'cuse next year as a 1L as well, and have also been interested in the duel degree. Yes, it is basically free, but you do have to give up your first summer to stay there and take classes which will probably hurt job prospects slash connections for the future. On the other hand it is one of the most highly regarded mpa programs in the country and getting a masters sure won't hurt your resume.

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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby D-ROCCA » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:50 am

Going into JAG will open enough doors, I don't know that the MPA would do anything for you that JAG wouldn't do.

TNFSkier16
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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby TNFSkier16 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:36 pm

What about using a JD/MPA to get on a committe on the hill?

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Re: Value of an MPA with your JD

Postby trayball23 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:26 pm

ya that is what I was kinda hoping it could help with, to make some kinda connection in Washington while I am in the military




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