BYU Joint Degree Survey

I’m Brad Carmack, a JD/MPA graduating April 2011.  You can contact me at bradleycarmackatgmaildotcom with any questions about this document or the JD/MPA program.

I found this 13 pager useful personally, and have used it to offer guidance to friends who have considered the joint program:

“The purpose of this survey is to provide guidance information to prospective and current law students who are considering a joint degree.  The survey was administered in June, 2007 and contains responses from over 100 J. Reuben Clark Law School alumni.  These alumni attained graduate degrees either concurrently or consecutively to their law degree.

The survey contained 15 questions regarding the costs and benefits of attaining a second graduate degree.  Though all the questions required only a short response, space was provided for the alumni to explain their answers and give comments regarding the question topic.  Additional space was provided at the end of the survey for the alumni to share open ended comments.”

To get a copy, email Beth Hansen at  I would post it but broad distribution was not one of the distribution methods the survey respondents agreed to.    Survey questions include but are not limited to:

Besides your JD, what other degree(s) do you hold?

How did you obtain your joint degrees? (jointly, consecutively)

Was your career enhanced or made more successful because of obtaining two or more graduate degrees?

Which of your graduate degrees was most instrumental in getting your first job? (legal, other)

Did your first job pay more because you had two graduate degrees?

Which of the degrees is most valuable to you now?

If you had to do it over again, would you still obtain an additional graduate degree?

How would you rate the return on your investment of time and money to obtain a second graduate degree, be it personal satisfaction or pecuniary gain?  (1 = no return, 7 = high return)

Compared to the stresses and pressures in law school, how did studies for your second degree compare?  (1 = much easier, 7 = much harder)



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