JD/MPA in Law and Public Accountability

November 4, 2015
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CUNY Law School

CUNY Law School

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Law School have each approved and submitted to the University Board of Trustees 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 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.

Students with undergraduate accounting-related degrees will also be eligible to complete the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting as part of the MPA in Inspection and Oversight, potentially graduating with eligibility to site for the CPA examination as a Forensic Accountant and the Bar Examination as a Law School graduate.

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.

Opportunities for JJCCJ MPA and Pre-Law Students:  The MPA program is scheduling free LSAT preparation workshops during January 2016, for JJCCJ MPA students and upper undergraduates, who express interest in the joint degree program. The Pre-Law Institute will soon be advertising and accepting applications for the Pre-Law Institute Boot Camps (to be held in early/mid-January 2016) which will focus upon personal statement writing as well as a short (3-4 day) introduction to LSAT prep.

MPA Services and the Pre-Law Institute will offer applicants additional support and assistance during February and March to complete and submit applications to both programs in time for admission to the Fall 2016 class.

Program Status Advisory: The College is waiting for CUNY BOT approval and New York State Department of Education approvals to offer the dual-degree version of the two existing programs.  We hope to secure the approvals within the current academic year. While it is expected that the University and the NY State Education Department will approve this program by Fall 2016, in the event that there is a delay in program approval, those students who are admitted to either or both programs will be permitted to begin their studies, and will be advised on a course of study so as to become eligible for the 24 credits of courses accepted for both programs, upon final approval of the program by the state.

To Express Interest and Become Eligible for the Free LSAT Course:  Click here for the Program Interest Survey.  For further information about both programs is here:

You can find information on the offerings of the Pre-Law Institute here:

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.