Students may take the first year in the MPA program, completing 24 semester hours and then take 3 additional MPA hours in summer school. Students then spend their second year completing coursework in the LSU law center.
Having completed a year of both MPA and law courses, students can then take courses in both the law center and MPA program. Six hours of law school courses will count toward the 45-hour degree requirement for a MPA.
Alternatively, a student can also start the program by first attending law school and then taking the MPA courses. Students will work with faculty to plan a schedule permitting them to graduate the joint program in four years.