I'm taking the LSAT in October and will be applying to schools this cycle. FYI, I'm applying to mostly T14 schools, probably T6 (probably not HYS, though). I'm considering a joint JD/MPP program (or MPA, or M Intl. Affairs). I know many TLS users are skeptical of these programs because they believe the degrees have too much overlap, extra year not worth the extra time and money, etc. I'm also unsure of whether I want to do these programs, which has definitely slowed down my application process. But while I was combing the NYU Law website yesterday, this caught my eye:
"Those interested in a dual degree with a Masters in Public Administration must apply to and be accepted by both New York University School of Law and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, either simultaneously or during the first year of study at the Law School."
Since I'm not dead set on the degree, should I wait until I'm a 1L and then make a decision? This will give me some time to mull over the choice, discuss it with other 1Ls who are doing joint degree programs, do more research, and so on. A friend of mine is beginning at HLS and Kennedy School next month, so I could also get her input after she's put in time.
FWIW, a big part of my interest in the program is intellectual self-enrichment and fulfillment. I'm not concerned with whether this will get me a biglaw job, but whether it will keep me focused on the policies that matter to me and their social significance; give me a leg up if I decide to work in policy, advocacy, non-profit, government, clerkships; keep the abstract half of my mind from turning to mush while I'm inundated with legal minutiae; etc. I'm well aware that this may not be the best reason to take on even more debt. That's weighing heavily on my decision as well.
Does anyone have any experience with applying for dual degree programs as a 1L? Good idea? Bad? Will I be too overwhelmed to even consider applying for more classes, or will the thought of respite from cases lead me to apply?
Thanks in advance.
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I don't know about other schools, but I think at UMich you have to apply for the joint MPP/JD program the same year, in order to finish in 4 years. It sounds like NYU might be different, but I don't know. I'd call up the schools you're thinking about applying to and see what they say about it.
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