Dual Degree MPA-JD Program in Law and Public Accountability

CUNY Law School

CUNY Law School

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Law School have established  the MPA/JD in Law and Public Accountability, which offers qualified students the opportunity to earn both a Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight and a Juris Doctor degree in Law. The Program has been approved by the New York State Department of Education.

The MPA/JD Dual Degree Program will capitalize on CUNY Law School’s nationally renowned expertise in Public Service and Public Interest Law with John Jay College’s unique and highly recognized MPA program dealing with investigation of waste fraud and abuse in public and publicly regulated services. The dual program will prepare lawyers who will be uniquely trained to for inspection and oversight functions, as practitioners, policy makers and legal scholars.

The curriculum is composed of the existing required and elective courses for the MPA and for the JD,  and 12 CUNY Law School credits will be credited towards both the JD and the MPA Program. Likewise 12 MPA credits from the JJCCJ MPA in Inspection and Oversight program are credited also to the CUNY Law School JD program. Consequently, due to the 24 transfer credits applied in the dual degree program, the total number of credits taken will be 106 rather than 130, resulting in graduation for full-time students in four years instead of five.

Questions and Answers

I am already in the John Jay MPA program in Inspection and Oversight. Can I complete this program?

Yes. Since you are already admitted for the MPA, you must apply to the CUNY Law School JD program, and indicate on your application your interest in the JD/MPA program. However, if you have already completed any the the four MPA courses that are to be transferred to count toward the JD program (PAD  723, 740, 742, and 758) it will not be possible for the Law School to also count these courses toward your JD. MPA Advising can provide more information about this, but, if you have not taken those four courses yet, do not register for them until you are admitted and matriculated into the JD program. This is an  accreditation requirement for the Law School.

I am already in, or considering, the ONLINE John Jay MPA program in Inspection and Oversight. Can I complete this program?

Yes, if you live in the NYC region. You can complete all of your MPA-IO courses online. However, the CUNY Law school courses are primarily face-to-face, so you will need to be able to attend classes at the Law School.

If you are already admitted for the MPA, you must apply to the CUNY Law School JD program, and indicate on your application your interest in the JD/MPA program. However, if you have already completed any the the four MPA courses that are to be transferred to count toward the JD program (PAD  723, 740, 742, and 758) it will not be possible for the Law School to also count these courses toward your JD. MPA Advising can provide more information about this, but, if you have not taken those four courses yet, do not register for them until you are admitted and matriculated into the JD program. This is an  accreditation requirement for the Law School.

I am already in the John Jay MPA program in Public Policy and Administration. Can I complete this program?

The joint program is with the MPA in Inspection and Oversight, because that program has the closest fit with the Public Interest Law focus on the CUNY Law JD. However, students in the MPA in Public Policy and Administration can transfer four law school courses toward their MPA-PPA by selecting the Law and Public Administration specialization. You would be completing two separate degree programs. The guidance in  the Bulletin is: “Students must apply to, and be accepted at, law school while enrolled in the MPA Program, and complete their specialization while attending law school.  Subject to the approval of the program director, 12 credits of law courses concerning legal research, civil and criminal procedure, and public institutions and the law, may be transferred for credit.  Students must also pass the qualifying examination and fulfill remaining requirements for the MPA degree.”  

I am already in the JD program at CUNY Law School. Can I complete this program?

Yes. Since you are already admitted for the JD, you must apply to JJCCJ for the MPA Program in Inspection and Oversight, and indicate on your application your interest in the JD/MPA program. Once admitted,  advisors at the Law School and JJCCJ will assist you in developing a course of study plan to efficiently meet the requirements of both degree programs. The MPA-IO program can accept up to 12 credits of Law courses even if the courses were taken before admission and matriculation in the MPA program.

I gave graduated from a JJCCJ MPA program, but am interested in the JD. What should I do.

You are welcome to apply for the JD program, an we will provide you with all of the workshop assistance that we are providing to our current students. You will not, however, be able to transfer MPA courses toward Law School, because the courses were completed before your admission and matriculation in Law School.

I’m currently a beneficiary of the tuition rate offered by the OMPAIG program but if I am accepted by this dual degree program will I have to pay out of state rate for JD courses?

No. If you are not an NY state resident, the out-of state tuition applies for Law School. However, the  tuition rates are very reasonable. For more information click here:

http://www.law.cuny.edu/admissions/tuition.html

I have completed or am completing an accounting-related undergraduate major or minor, and am interested in also completing the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting as part of my studies in the MPA in Inspection and Oversight. How would I do this?

Students with undergraduate accounting backgrounds can complete the MPA in Inspection and Oversight along with the Advanced Certificate in Forensic accounting, and graduate with eligibility to site for the CPA examination. The program is described here: Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

I am not sure about what to do and want more advice and advising. What should I do?

Complete  the Program Interest Survey. We will contact you about information sessions and advising.