The dual degree program is designed to provide its graduates with two degrees — Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor — attesting to competency in both public administration and law. This competency is applicable to areas of practice drawing upon knowledge and skills from each of these fields. The program brings together persons interested in both the broader aspects of public policy and government affairs, and the law. It also brings together two fields that require complementary knowledge and skills, which may be directed toward solving problems that are associated with the affairs of the government and nonprofit sectors. This integration of education in public administration and law draws on the contributions that each discipline can make to a professional knowledge base for practice in both fields.
Students who are accepted into the dual degree program are permitted to apply 12 credit hours of work in the M.P.A. toward meeting the graduation requirements in the T.C. Williams School of Law, and up to 12 credit hours of work in the T.C. Williams School of Law toward meeting the graduation requirements for the M.P.A. This credit application enables participants in the dual degree program to complete the requirements for the J.D. and the M.P.A. in an estimated four years of full-time course work. Applicants for this program are required to meet admission standards of both the T.C. Williams Law School of the University of Richmond and the Graduate School and the M.P.A. program of VCU.