Princeton University does not have a law school, and so does not offer the J.D., L.L.M. or S.J.D degree. Princeton does, however, offer a great many opportunities for those with interests in law to pursue graduate education in other disciplines.
The Woodrow Wilson School has a
long-standing commitment to combining professional training in public policy
analysis with the rigors of legal education. The M.P.A./J.D. joint program
allows students to combine the two fields of knowledge by concurrently taking
the J.D. coursework outside Princeton and the M.P.A. coursework at Princeton
in a total of four years, rather than the five it would customarily take if a
student were to acquire each degree separately.
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In Ph.D. programs throughout the social sciences and humanities at Princeton, legal studies concentrations are common and widely encouraged. Many students who already have J.D.s pursue Ph.D.s at Princeton, as do students whose interests extend to law without formal J.D. training.
At the moment, Princeton does not offer an undergraduate major or concentration in legal studies. There are, however, a great many law-related courses offered throughout the undergraduate curriculum. For current course selections, see the current course selection page and for courses in the permanent catalogue, see the course catalogue page.
The Woodrow Wilson School encourages the study of law together with training in public policy. Toward that end, the School offers a four-year M.P.A./J.D. program that allows students to combine the two degrees in four years instead of the usual five.
The Woodrow Wilson School has formal joint degree arrangements with law schools at Columbia University, New York University, and Stanford University. In addition, students have arranged joint degrees with law schools at the following universities: University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Chicago, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Yale University. Some students also complete a concurrent degree in five years with Harvard Law School.
Participating students spend five semesters at the cooperating law school and three semesters at the Woodrow Wilson School, thereby reducing by two semesters the time required to earn the two degrees. Enrollment in this joint program requires separate application and admission to each school, and the Woodrow Wilson School requires a separate essay setting forth the rationale for the J.D. joint degree as part of the School's application.
For more information, visit the JD/MPA program page at the Woodrow Wilson School.
The Master in Public Policy degree is an intensive one-year program that provides rising leaders in international and domestic public policy with an opportunity to broaden their economic, policy, and leadership skills. This rigorous in-residence program is designed for mid-career professionals with at least seven years of public service experience in government agencies or nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad. The goal is to prepare experienced professionals to return to their careers ready to assume significant leadership positions in an increasingly complex public service environment. The program teaches skills in analyzing the political, economic, quantitative, organizational, and normative aspects of complex problems. M.P.P. candidates come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds; their courses of study at the Woodrow Wilson School naturally reflect this diversity.
Beginning in 2008-09, the Woodrow Wilson School will expand the degree to offer the M.P.P. to qualified physicians, Ph.D. scientists, and lawyers. Outstanding professionals in the fields of medicine, science, and law will thus have the opportunity to develop and hone their policy skills in order to bring crucial expertise to bear on specialized public policy issues.
The M.P.P degree for lawyers is intended for those who have completed their J.D.s and recognized, after several years of work experience, the need to acquire the analytical tools for policy analysis. (The School currently offers a joint M.P.A.-J.D. which allows students concurrently registered in both programs to complete both degrees in fours years instead of five.) They may also enroll in courses in International Relations or Domestic Policy analysis, depending on their interests.
As with the other M.P.P. degrees, the M.P.P for lawyers will add crucial exposure to politics, economics and policy that students would not get in the routine course of their other professional education.
For more information on the program and its requirements, see the Woodrow Wilson School's MPP web page.