JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration)

Explore our combined Juris Doctor (JD) and MPA degree

Entry requirements

To gain acceptance into this combined degree program, you must satisfy the entrance requirements of both our JD program and the School of Public Administration's MPA program. For admission, you must apply to both the Schulich School of Law and the School of Public Administration individually. You may submit LSAT results in lieu of GMAT results.

Order of classes

A total of 13 half credit Public Administration courses are required. The combined degree program is structured as follows:

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3


9 credit hours from the graduate level electives from the MPA program (One of  these could be PUAD 6855, typically completed during the summer after the first or second year of the program, as agreed upon with program coordinators.)

NOTE: Students may choose to do a 3-credit hour elective (graduate level course) from outside the MPA course offerings. This course must be approved by the MPA Program Manager.


JD (in total 23-25 credits)

  • LAWS 2062.05: Constitutional Law 
  • LAWS 2311.005: Second Year Moot 
  • LAWS 2321.005: Second Year Moot 
  • LAWS 2361.025: Civil Procedure 
  • LAWS 2362.025: Civil Procedure 
  • 12 - 14 credit hours of other courses from the JD program (inclusive of a LAWS major paper course)
Year 4


  • 6 credit hours of electives from the MPA program.
  •  Students may choose to do a 3 credit hour elective course from outside the MPA course offerings.  This course must be approved by the MPA Program Manager


JD: (in total 23-25 credits)

  • LAWS 2099.02 Legal Profession
  • 21-23 credit hours of JD electives (inclusive of major paper course). 

Students who wish to pursue the PUAD 6855: Internship should note that the first year of the PD program (PUAD 5201 and PUAD 5202) is a prerequisite for the internship course.

Find out more

If you'd like to know more, please contact either MPA admissions team member dolene.lapointe@dal.ca or our own JD admissions team at law.admissions@dal.ca.