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Doctor of Political Science

Juris Doctor and Ph.D in Political Science Program

The first year for the JD/Ph.D. student is spent completing the required first-year law curriculum. In the second year, the student spends half the year completing the required portion of the law curriculum and the remaining half of the year taking graduate political science courses, including POLS 500a and POLS 500b. In the third year, the student spends half of the year in the second-year law curriculum, taking primarily elective courses, and the remaining half of the year taking graduate political science courses, including one methods course and remaining core courses. In the fourth year, the student spends half of the year taking political science graduate courses, including any remaining topical courses needed to qualify in testing fields, submission of dissertation prospectus, and formal admission to candidacy, and the remaining half-year completing the third-year law curriculum. The fifth year is spent completing the dissertation.

A student's program must be approved by an Advisory Committee chosen by the student (at least one member of which must be a faculty member from the School of Law), approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science, and approved by the Associate Dean of the School of Law.