Increasingly, careers in the federal, state and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations and private sector businesses require an understanding of public administration, policy analysis, and public affairs, as well as law. The dual degree program between the Law School and the La Follette School of Public Affairs offers a solid foundation for lawyers interested in these fields.

Possible Degree Combinations

Areas of Study

Core courses required for both degree programs examine the political and economic context of public policy and administration, while helping students develop statistical and analytical skills. Development of rhetorical skills is also an integral part of the curriculum, so writing exercises and presentations are required in most courses. Learn more about the JD/MPA and JD/MIPA dual degree programs on La Follette's website

Admission Procedures & Requirements

For current information about admission procedures and requirements, contact the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-3581, Fax: 608-265-3233

Contact: Mo O'Connor, Admissions & Academic Advising Coordinator

After admission to both programs, Professors Davis or Yackee can help you plan program sequencing and select courses.

JD/MPA Faculty Advisor

Sarah Davis, JD, MPA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
The Center for Patient Partnerships
University of Wisconsin-Madison
975 Bascom Mall - suite 4311 (in the Law School)
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-265-6267
Fax: 608-265-4332
Email: sdavis2@wisc.edu

JD/MIPA Faculty Advisor

Jason Yackee, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin-Madison
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-5230
Fax: 608-262-5485
Email: jyackee@wisc.edu

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