JD/MIA Program

JD/MIA – Dual Degree Program in Law and International Affairs

CCNY’s Colin Powel School and the CUNY School of Law now offer a joint degree in law and international affairs (JD/MIA). The degree combines CUNY Law’s industry-leading program in public interest law with the Colin Powell School’s expertise in international politics.

The JD/MIA program focuses on core issues in contemporary politics, including international law, human rights, and security. The goal is preparing lawyers for emerging career opportunities in government, international organizations, advocacy groups, and the private sector.

The JD/MIA program offers several practical advantages:

  • Receive two degrees in less time. Save one year of study pursuing the JD/MIA.
  • Capitalize on two institutions’ expertise. Learn from experienced international policy and law practitioners.
  • Competitive tuition. The annual cost is 70% less expensive than some other joint degree programs.



Students complete 24 credits in international affairs (plus 9 transfer credits from CUNY Law).

The required classes are:

     IR B6100: Theories of International Relations 

     IR B6200: International Organization  

     IR B6300: International Law 

     IR B6927: International Political Economy

     PSM B1877: Introduction to Quantitative Methods

The remaining 9 credits are made up of electives.                          

A list of sample course offerings can be found here.



To apply, students must gain acceptance into both programs. Details on applying to CUNY Law are located here.

Applications to the Colin Powell School must include:

  • 3 Reference letters
  • Transcripts from undergraduate education
  • 500-word statement of how the JD/MIA will advance an applicant’s career goals

Please note that CUNY Law requires an LSAT score. Joint degree applicants will not need to take the GRE in addition.

To apply, please CLICK HERE.