The School of Law offers dual-degree programs in business administration with UB's Merrick School of Business, negotiations and conflict management, public administration and criminal justice with UB's College of Public Affairs and a J.D./M.P.P. or Ph.D in Public Policy with the UMBC Graduate School. Students begin work on their master's degree either the summer preceding, or the summer following, the first year of law school. First-year day students may not take courses within their master's program during the fall and spring semesters of their first year of law school. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs advises law students in dual-degree programs.