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The J.D./M.P.H. offers an intensive course of study to be completed in three academic years. Students spend their first academic year solely at HLS taking the standard first-year Law School curriculum. Following the first year, students enroll at the Harvard Chan School for the fall semester and HLS. During the second and third years of the program, joint degree students are enrolled in, and take courses at, both school. Students receive both degrees in May of their third year.

Year 1Law SchoolLaw School
Year 2Law School /School of Public HealthLaw School
Year 3Law School /School of Public HealthLaw School

Financial Aid Information

  • Your Student Bill

    You will be charged regular Law School tuition in the first year of your program. In your second and third years of the program you will be charged 75% HLS tuition and 25% SPH tuition based on 8.75 credits each term. All charges and financial aid credits will appear on one bill.

  • Your Student Budget

    Your student budget will be adjusted to reflect the accurate tuition charges. See the comparison chart below for the 2021-2022 academic year:

    Tuition: 75% of HLS tuition $50,790
    25% of SPH tuition $25,270
    Mandatory Fees: Full UHS $1,242
    Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan* $4,040
    Other: Full HLS Room/Board/Personal $27,923
    Full HLS Travel $1,675
    75% of HLS Books/Supplies $1,200
    25% of SPH Books/Supplies $347
    Program Fee $300
    Total   $112,787
  • Budget Adjustments Due to Health Insurance Waiver

    Under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan may be included in the student’s budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive this coverage, the allowance will not be given, and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee. this means that if you are an HLS grant recipient, your HLS grant will be reduced by the fee amount as well.

    Students may request, upon appeal, to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan, for which the student pays, be added to the student’s budget.

  • Cash Advances and Refunds

    If you are eligible for a cash advance of a refund, you will receive it after you have registered (and have completed your entrance interview for 1Ls only). All cash advance and refund checks are mailed to the official address on file with the Registrar’s Office unless you have direct deposit set up with the Student Receivables Office.

  • Summer Work Requirement

    You will be held to the same summer work requirement as other Law School students. Please reference the page for Student Contribution from Income for more information.

  • Exit Interview Requirement

    Before graduating, you will be required to attend an exit interview with the Law School. Your exit interview will take place during your last semester at Harvard.