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Juris Doctor/Master of Marine Policy (Delaware)

The juris doctor/master of marine policy (JD/MMP) offers the opportunity to combine legal training with detailed knowledge of oceanic and coastal environments. This dual degree program is a joint effort between Delaware Law and the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.


Students interested in the JD/MMP must meet the  admissions requirements for both Delaware Law and the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware.

Most students apply to the Law School’s JD program and then, during the student’s third or fourth semester, apply to the marine science and policy school; but a student in the second or third semester at the Graduate College of Marine Studies may also enter the JD/MMP program by seeking admission to Delaware Law.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn the JD/MMP, students must complete a curriculum of required credit hours for law school and marine studies courses. Some law school credits will be accepted as elective credits towards the master’s degree in marine policy and some marine studies credits will be accepted as elective credits towards the juris doctor.

Students must complete a thesis on a law and marine policy issue to successfully complete the dual degree program.

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Contact Information

James May
Delaware Law
4601 Concord Pike, P.O. Box 7474
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone: 302-477-2060

Jeremy M. Firestone
University of Delaware
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
204 Robinson Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-0228