Admission to the J.D./M.P.H. Program

Students seeking admission to the J.D./M.P.H. program must first be admitted separately to the Law School and to the Master of Public Health program. All applicants must meet the requirements for full-time admission to the Law School.

Law students must complete the fully online M.P.H. program application, which requires:

  • All undergraduate transcripts.
  • GRE scores, but the LSAT may be substituted. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must also submit TOEFL scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential for success in graduate school and the public health field.
  • A resume.
  • A written personal statement identifying areas of interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in public health.

The Law School will work with the School of Health Sciences and Human Services to ensure prompt consideration for all students accepted first into the Law School. The application fee will be waived for any students who have been accepted into the Law School.

Once an applicant has been admitted to both the J.D. and the M.P.H. program, he or she must also apply to the joint degree program. At present, the application — a written statement explaining the applicant’s interest in the joint degree program — must be sent to Professor Corinne Kyriacou in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services and Professor Janet Dolgin in the Law School. This statement is due by February 1.

Students may apply to the joint degree program during their first year in the Law School, during their first year in the M.P.H. program or before they begin their studies in either program as long as they meet the annual application deadline for admission to the other program as well as to the joint degree program during that academic year.

The advisory committee oversees admission to the joint degree program and will select the new J.D./M.P.H. class by March 1. The program is competitive; the class for any year will be limited to two students.

All first-year Hofstra Law students accepted into the J.D./M.P.H. program must remain in the top 40 percent of their 1L class at the end of their first year of law school as a condition of their acceptance.