Dual Degrees

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The Dual Degree Edge

Gain the advantage of achieving a law degree at the same time as a Master of Business Administration, a Master in Public Policy or a Master of Social Work.

At UNH Law, aspiring lawyers attain a world-class legal education in partnership with internationally-recognized MBA, Public Policy, and Social Work programs, thanks to the UNH School of Law being part of the University of New Hampshire system. 

Arm yourself with the diverse skills necessary to excel as a lawyer.

Dual Degree options:

JD/MBA
JD/MPP
JD/MSW

JD/MBA 

JD/MBA- Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

Colleges: UNH Law and the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics in Durham.

Benefits

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the interconnection of legal and business issues in a complex global economy.
  • Capitalize on the Paul College's strength in training future entrepreneurs and UNH Law’s expertise in intellectual property and innovation law.
  • Earn a JD and MBA in less time than if both degrees were pursued separately.
  • MBA classes are held on the UNH campus in Durham, offering access to a major research university.

Length of study: The JD/MBA is usually completed in 3 ½ years (or seven semesters). For the MBA, the student spends five semesters at UNH Law and two semesters at the UNH business school in Durham. Students in the JD/MBA program spend 11 successive months taking classes at the Durham campus, following their first year of law school.

When to apply: You can apply to the MBA or MSW program when initially applying to UNH Law; or you can apply by the end of your second semester of law school.

How to apply: Please contact:
Cynthia Traver
Recruiting & Admissions
Paul College Graduate Programs
University of New Hampshire
Cynthia.traver@unh.edu
603.862.5488 

Application process and requirements overview: Students must apply to UNH Law and the MBA program and be admitted to both.

A LSAT score is required in lieu of a GMAT. In the case where the LSAT is taken more than once by an applicant, the highest score will be considered.

Admission to the MBA program is conditioned on achieving a B (3.0) average at the end of the first JD year and a successful interview.

Costs:  Please check here for detailed program information.

Transfer of credits between the programs: UNH Law requires 85 credits for a JD degree. The law school will accept 12 credits for transfer from the MBA or MSW portion of the dual degree.

UNH Law will accept a maximum of 12 credits from the following MBA courses: Management Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Managerial Finance, Managerial Decision Making, International Business and Strategic Management.

UNH will accept 9 JD credits for transfer into the MBA program from among a student’s JD courses including Contracts, Torts and Property.

The MSW credits transferring to the law school depend on program track and electives selected. Students are encouraged to consult with admissions and/or a faculty advisor.

Details: Please contact UNH Law's admissions office for more information: admissions@law.unh.edu.


JD/MPP

JD/MPP - Juris Doctor and Master in Public Policy

Colleges: UNH Law and The Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH

Benefits: The dual JD/MPP degree program provides students with highly valuable and marketable skills and credentials to make an impact on public policy. It is designed to train students who wish to effectively combine legal training with public policy skills for careers that benefit from specialized training in both fields. Students will gain a deep understanding of how legal and policy issues relate and how to use this understanding to have an impact and make a difference in the complex contemporary world of law and public policy. 

Length of study: The two degrees are generally awarded after three and a half years in the program. Taken separately and sequentially it would normally take four and a half years to get both degrees. Thus, the combined program offers substantial savings in time and expense.

Most students will attend law school courses in year one where they will follow the standard year one law school curriculum. The second year is when students will complete all required, core MPP courses (including the J-Term) and three MPP electives. Following this year of intensive focus on public policy, students will then finish up with three additional semesters of law courses in years three and part of four.  It is during these final three semesters that students will acquire their final three MPP elective courses by completing law school courses relevant to public policy. The Internship and Capstone project required for the MPP can be completed in the summers between the academic years. The internship requirement may be satisfied through a law school externship.

When to apply: The JD/MPP Dual Degree program only admits students beginning in the Fall Term.

How to apply: Students will use the regular on-line admission processes of the UNH Graduate School (for the MPP) and School of Law (for the JD) and they will fulfill all the necessary application requirements, including undergraduate institution coursework and GPA, LSAT (required), letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and resume indicating awards and scholarships and professional experience. The LSAT is accepted in lieu of the GRE for the MPP application.

Application process and requirement overview: Students wishing to pursue the JD/MPP dual degree program must apply and be accepted separately into each of the two degree programs.

Costs: The JD/MPP dual degree program has a tuition structure that reflects the reduced time to degree for the programs with the Law School and the Carsey School.  If both degrees are completed in seven semesters (three and a half years), tuition for a full-time NH resident is $16,719.32 per semester under current tuition rates. For non-residents the tuition is $18,548.65 per semester under current rates. For more information on additional fees, go to the Carsey and Law School pages that outline the costs of the MPP and JD degrees.

Transfer of credit between the programs: UNH Law requires 85 credits to obtain the JD degree and the Carsey School requires 40 credits to obtain the MPP degree. UNH Law will accept a maximum of 12 credits for transfer into the JD program from successfully completed, approved MPP courses. The Carsey School will accept 9 elective credits for transfer into the MPP program from successfully completed, approved JD courses. Thus dual degree students must complete 104 credits to complete the program.

Details: For more information on the program, visit the JD/MPP page here.


JD/MSW

JD/MSW - Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work

Colleges: UNH Law and the UNH College of Health and Human Services in Durham.

Benefits: Make a difference addressing critical social justice issues, including immigration, gender bias and discrimination and domestic violence. MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Length of study: The JD/MSW degree time will depend on the student's MSW track. All students complete a foundation-year course of study, then elect a second-year concentration either in direct/clinical practice or community/administrative practice. Both concentrations require classroom work and two year-long field internships.

A typical dual degree candidate may begin credits in Durham, then complete his or her first year of law school. The remaining JD and MSW courses following that will prepare the candidate for his or her career. Students planning to enroll in the MSW’s advanced standing track must consult with professor Sharon Murphy to understand the unique timing of the program.

When to apply: You can apply to the MBA or MSW program when initially applying to UNH Law; or you can apply by the end of your second semester of law school.

How to apply: Please contact: Dr. Sharon Murphy, assistant professor at: sharon.murphy@unh.edu .For more information about MSW admissions, contact admissions coordinator Kim Kelsey at Kim.Kelsey@unh.edu.

Application process and requirement overview: Students must apply to UNH Law and the MSW program and be admitted to both. 

JD students applying to the MBA program do not need to take the GMAT. They may use their LSAT exam in place of the GMAT. 

The MSW program does not require an entrance exam. The program may request your LSAT.

Costs:  Please check here for detailed program information.

Transfer of credits between the programs: UNH Law requires 85 credits for a JD degree. The law school will accept 12 credits for transfer from the MBA or MSW portion of the dual degree.

UNH Law will accept a maximum of 12 credits from the following MBA courses: Management Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Managerial Finance, Managerial Decision Making, International Business and Strategic Management.

UNH will accept 9 JD credits for transfer into the MBA program from among a student’s JD courses including Contracts, Torts and Property.

The MSW credits transferring to the law school depend on program track and electives selected. Students are encouraged to consult with admissions and/or a faculty advisor.

Details: Please contact UNH Law's admissions office for more information: admissions@law.unh.edu.