To be admitted to the dual-degree program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate-level degree. The applicant must also apply and be admitted separately to the College of Law, the Graduate School, and the Master of Public Health program.
For purposes of admission to the J.D. & Master of Public Health dual-degree program, the applicant only needs to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test), but must submit the test scores to the College of Law, the Graduate School, and the MPH program. Applicants are welcome to submit their GRE scores if they so wish.
All students are expected to be full-time students. A student may not work in excess of 20 hours per week while attending school on a full-time basis.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 89 semester credit hours for the J.D. degree and 42 semester credit hours for the MPH degree.
During the first year of study, students will be solely enrolled in the prescribed curriculum for the College of Law. Any term in which students take law courses or a mixture of law and graduate courses, they are classified and registered as law students. If taking only graduate courses, they are classified and registered as graduate students.
The College of Law will accept nine hours from approved Public Health courses as electives and the Department of Public Health will accept six hours from approved Law courses as electives.
The required MPH Field Practice requirement (PUBH 587, PUBH 588) may be fulfilled by placement in an approved legal or community organization.
Dual-degree program students who withdraw from the program before completion of the requirements for both degrees will not receive credit toward either the J.D. or the MPH for courses taken in the other program, except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual-degree program.
For more information on the J.D. & MPH curriculum, see the UT Graduate Catalog.
For grade recording purposes in the College of Law and the Department of Public Health, grades awarded in courses in the other unit will be converted to either Satisfactory/No Credit and will not be computed in determining a student’s GPA or class standing.
The College of Law will award a grade of Satisfactory for an approved Public Health course in which the student earns a grade of B or higher and a grade of No Credit for any lower grade. The Public Health Department will award a grade of Satisfactory for an approved law course in which the student earns a grade of 2.7 or higher on a 4.3 scale and a grade of No Credit for any lower grade. The official academic record of the student maintained by the Office of the University Registrar shall show the actual grade assigned by the instructor without conversion.
Different rules apply to students enrolled in the joint-degree programs. Grades must be earned according to the grading system of the respective college, e.g. numerical grades for law courses but letter grades for graduate courses. Refer to the grading policy of the College of Law and the Department of Public Health, respectively, for the grading scale acceptable toward meeting degree requirements. Cumulative GPA for law courses only will be carried until graduation, at which time both graduate and law cumulative GPAs will be shown on the student’s permanent record.