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Juris Doctor - Master of Marine Policy Joint Degree

The Juris Doctor – Master of Marine Policy joint degree program is a joint initiative of University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP) and Widener University’s Delaware Law School.  It allows qualified full-time students to receive both a J.D. and an MMP degree in as little as four years. The joint degree program offers an excellent opportunity to integrate comprehensive legal training with policy analysis studies, with emphasis on coastal regions and the world ocean.

The J.D. program requires 88 hours of instruction at the Delaware Law School at Widener University, and the MMP requires 30 credit hours in the Marine Policy Program, School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP) at the University of Delaware.  In the joint degree program, nine of the 87 law school credits will be accepted as elective credits by SMSP and nine of the 30 SMSP credits will be accepted by the Law School as electives.   

The MMP requires the successful completion of an Analytic Paper (AP), which is an article-length paper intended for submission to a policy, law or economics journal for publication, although actual submission and acceptance is not required for degree completion.  As noted below, three of the 30 credits are awarded for completion of the AP.

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JD MMP Courses

Marine Policy students are required to complete the following courses (18 credits):

MAST 670 International and Domestic Ocean Policy (3 credits)

MAST 663 Decision Tools for Policy Analysis (3 credits)

MAST 675 or 676 Natural Resources or Environmental Economics (3 credits)

MAST 873 Marine Policy Seminar (1 credit) *Taken three times

MAST ___ Science Elective (3 credits)

MAST 865 MMP Analytical Paper (3 credits)


Electives offered by Marine Policy faculty include courses in Environmental Movements, Values and Policy; US Renewable Energy and Climate Law; International Climate Change Policy; Legal Aspects of the Coastal Zone; Offshore Wind Power; Electric Vehicles and the Grid; and Applied Policy Analysis.

Delaware Law School is divided into two divisions:  Regular and Extended.  Regular is a three-year, full-time day program; Extended is a four-year evening program.  More information on academic requirements can be found at http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/jd-program/jd-academics/


Students must gain admission separately to each program.  A student can apply for admission to both programs simultaneously or matriculate in one program and then seek admission to the other program while a student.  Information on admission can be found at on the CEOE prospective graduate student page for the Marine Policy Program and http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/ for Delaware Law School.

For more information / Contacts

For further information about the Juris Doctor-Master of Marine Policy Joint Degree Program, please consult either:

Professor James May

Delaware Law School

Widener University

4601 Concord Pike, P. 0. Box 7474

Wilmington, DE 19803

Phone: (302) 477 -2182

E - mail: jrmay@widener.edu


Professor Jeremy Firestone

School of Marine Science and Policy

College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

University of Delaware

373 Harker ISELab

Newark, DE 19716

Phone: (302) 831-0228

E mail: jf@udel.edu


For general questions about admission to the Marine Policy Program, please contact

Janis Lopez

Assistant Dean for Graduate Services

College of Earth Ocean, and Environment

   Phone: (302) 645-4226

E mail: jclopez@udel.edu


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