Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology

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The Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology (JDP) draws on the University of Minnesota’s strengths as one of the largest research institutions in the world in promoting the kind of cross-disciplinary thinking our world is demanding. The broadest and most intensive program of its kind in the country, the JDP bridges law and the sciences around current issues such as privacy of genetic information, managed care, safety and environmental impact on our food supply.

Students can combine a J.D. with a Ph.D., M.S., M.A., M.P.H., M.H.A., or M.D. in less time, with more academic support and potentially more financial support than if pursuing two degrees separately. The JDP enhances career opportunities and helps students be more marketable to a range of employers. Law firms, educational institutions, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations all seek talented individuals with the degree combinations offered through this program.


  • JDP graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers after graduation in both the public sector and private sectors, in Minnesota and around the country.
  • Cross-counting courses allows students to obtain both degrees in one less year in most cases.
  • Each JDP student has a mentor from our distinguished Advisory Board of leading professionals in health, environmental, and intellectual property law. 
  • JDP students participate in a seminar with top scholars from around the university to get feedback on research interests.
  • Throughout the year, JDP students are invited to special events to advance career development, clerkship applications, and networking.

Application Process

Students apply separately to the Law School and to the other degree program, and each school makes independent admission decisions using its own standards. While students are encouraged to apply for such programs before entering Law School, application after entry is also possible. Students should pay special attention to required entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, since most partner programs do not accept the LSAT as a substitute.

Students admitted to the Law School and the graduate or professional program from the list of established degree combinations are automatically eligible to join the Joint Degree Program. There is no separate application process for the JDP; please just e-mail to notify staff that you have applied.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Visit the Combined Degrees section of the website for full information.

  • Erin Furlong, J.D., M.P.H.

    Erin Furlong, J.D., M.P.H. ('05)

    The Benefits of a Joint Degree

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