MA/ JD Admissions

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M.A./ J.D. Admissions

Find out how to apply for the joint degree in Law and International Policy

Combining the strengths of Stanford Law School (SLS) with the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP), this joint degree provides students with the analytical tools and skills to function as lawyers, advocates, and policymakers on diverse international issues. Recipients of Stanford's joint J.D. and MIP M.A. degree are prepared to practice law in the public sector as government officials, as lawyers working for nongovernmental organizations in such fields as international human rights and international environmental law, or in the private sector representing clients in transnational domains particularly sensitive to matters of public policy.

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the degree requirements for each program as outlined in the academic policies from each school for the year in which you begin the required curriculum. 

J.D. Requirements

M.A. Requirements



J.D. Units


80 units from SLS courses

31 units from SLS or non-SLS courses

M.A. Units


Up to 22 units from Law courses

Units that can be applied towards both degrees  53
Time to Complete 12 academic quarters (4 years)


















Year         Program     Coursework
1         Stanford Law School     L1 Curriculum
2         Stanford Law School & MIP     L2 Curriculum & MIP Core
3         Stanford Law School & MIP     L3 Curriculum & MIP Core/Electives
4         MIP     MIP Capstone & Electives


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How to Apply

There are three options for applying to the join J.D./ M.A. program:

Apply as an external applicant to both degree programs

  • Submit a complete application to the Law School
  • Submit a complete application to MIP


Apply as a current Stanford student in the Law School

  • MIP has one application deadline per year in early January. Please see How to Apply for details. 
  • After admittance to the Law School, current students may apply to a joint program during their first or second year through an internal process
  • Law students must submit the following materials to MIP:
  1. Copy of law school application (please ask the Law School's Registrar's Office to send this to Jonathan Achter)
  2. Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages, double spaced)
  3. Letter of Recommendation from a Stanford professor
  4. Current transcript (can be official or unofficial)


Apply as a current Stanford student in MIP