The M.P.A./J.D. program is a four-year combined degree program, designed for students who wish to combine advanced studies in public policy and management with substantive and practical legal studies, for future career employment as a lawyer and public policy analyst with the federal or a provincial government, as in-house counsel for a public advocacy organization or with a private law firm focusing on constitutions and administrative law or government relations. Traditional areas of curriculum strength include a solid record of policy development in respect to constitutional law, social justice issues, defence, economics, family law and health policy.
Students complete the M.P.A. degree, with prescribed law electives in the first year, and the J.D. degree the next three years. Combined program students may choose to complete the certificate program at the Queen's International Study Centre in Public International Law, go on international exchange and pursue broader opportunities through the conventional summering and articling processes after graduation.
Candidates to the M.P.A./J.D. combined degree program must complete concurrent applications for the M.P.A. and J.D. programs and meet the admission requirements set for both. A maximum of five candidates will be admitted each year. Acceptance into both the M.P.A. program and the J.D. program is a prerequisite to admission into the joint M.P.A../J.D. program.
The program is structured as follows:
1. M.P.A.year (10 months)
Students must normally complete the M.P.A. core courses, MPA-800, MPA-802, MPA-804, MPA-805, MPA-809, and one of MPA-815, MPA-816, MPA-840 or MPA-844, and two elective courses as well as LAW-140/141/142 Public Law, LAW-150/151/152 Constitutional Law, LAW-160/161/162/163 Contracts, and LAW-115/116/117 Introduction to Legal Research and the First Year Legal Foundations Program in the Faculty of Law.
For the remainder of the program, students are registered as law students.
2. J.D. first year (8 months)
Students are required to take LAW-180/181/182 Property, Law 190/191/192/193/194 Torts, LAW-170/171/172/173 Criminal Law, LAW-225/226 Civil Procedure, LAW-427 Administrative Law and one additional elective course in each term (totalling 14-17 credits per term.
Students may seek to participate in a Global Law Program at the International Study Center and earn nine upper-year credits toward the J.D. degree through this program.
3. J.D. second year (8 months)
Students complete the remaining requirements of the J.D. degree, including the upper-year credit requirement, the Advocacy requirement, the Practice Skills requirement and the Law-496 Public Service; Individual Supervised Project. As a general rule, students complete Law-496 Public Service Individual Supervised Project in the third year. This paper can be used to satisfy the substantial term paper degree requirement for the J.D. degree. Students also register in a full-time courseload of upper year law electives.