Masters of Urban Planning + Juris Doctorate

MUP + JD

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The MUP + JD dual-degree program, offered jointly with the UB School of Law, explores the facets of local, state, federal and international policy and practice. The program prepares students for a variety of professional roles in public service, private law firms, planning consulting firms and public legal practice.

What will you be studying?

Taken separately the programs in Law and Urban and Regional Planning require 142 graduate credit hours and a five-year commitment, or 90 credits and three years of study toward the JD and 52 credits and two years of study toward the MUP. The MUP/JD dual-degree program reduces this commitment to 124 credits hours over four years of full-time study. Reduction in course credits results from allowing students to count 18 credits of courses toward both degree requirements.In particular, the Law School will accept nine credit hours of graduate planning courses toward the JD degree while the Department of Urban and Regional Planning will accept nine credit hours of law courses toward the MUP degree. 

Students may begin the dual degree with either Law or Urban and Regional Planning.  For tuition purposes, students are resident in the Law School for three years of study and in the School of Architecture and Planning for one year. 

Curriculum

Year 1 and 2: Students take a full foundational curriculum in each program (e.g., a year of law followed by a year of urban and regional planning or vice versa).  Students take a leave of absence from the program in which they are non-resident during these years. By the third semester of study, all MUP students, including dual degree students, must either declare an option to pursue one of our specialization options.

Year 3 and 4: Students combine law and urban and regional planning, mixing courses from both schools to complete the curriculum.  Students enroll in a full-year law clinic in year three concurrent with an MUP/JD colloquium. In the fourth year, students enroll in a graduate planning studio and Law Seminar, and complete degree requirements toward the dual degrees. Students may choose to tailor their elective choices to concentrate studies in a cross-professional topic area, such as land use and environmental law/planning; housing and community development law/planning; international law/planning; or state and local governance. Courses marked with an asterisk in the matrix count as credits toward both degree programs.

Students in the dual program may further choose to concentrate their elective choices in one or more optional areas of concentration, such as land use and environmental law/planning; housing and community development; state and local governance; international law/planning; or another area designed by the student. Sample course offerings in these areas follow, for illustrative purposes only. Course selections may also include relevant law clinics, law seminars, planning studios, and other electives.

Possible sequencing of courses - students should carefully plan the sequence with both departmental advisors.

First Year[1]

­Fall

 

LAW Civil Procedure

LAW Contracts

LAW Research and Writing

LAW Legal Profession

LAW Torts

 

 

 

4

4

4

0

4

 

­Spring

 

LAW Criminal Law

LAW Property

LAW Contract Law

LAW Research and Writing

LAW Legal Profession

 

 

 

4

4

4

3

1

16 Hours                                                                             16 Hours

 

[1] Dual degree students can start in either program. Thus, the first and second years could be reversed.  

 

Second Year

­Fall

 

URP 501 Evolution of Urban Structure

URP 512 Research Methods

URP 573 Land Use & Physical Planning

URP Professional Competency I[1]

URP Elective

URP 691 Colloquium

 

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

1

 

­Spring

 

URP 510 Planning Concepts

URP 538 Economic Concepts

URP Professional Competency II

URP 581 Planning Practicum I

URP Specialization I[2]

 

 

 

 

3

3

3

6

3

16 Hours                                                                                18 Hours

 

[1] Professional competency (I and II) courses include: URP 569 (GIS Applications); URP 601 (Advanced GIS); URP 526 (Site Planning and Design); URP 565 (Urban Design); and URP 577 (Planning Techniques in Action).

[2] See website for a list of courses under the six MUP specialization areas: MUP Specialization Courses.

 

Third Year

­Fall

 

LAW Ethics [1]

LAW Advanced LAWR or Qualified Seminar[2]

LAW Elective or Required Bar Course[3]

LAW Elective

URP Specialization II

 

 

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

 

­Spring

 

LAW Bridge Course Electives[4]

LAW Elective or Required Bar Course

LAW Elective or Required Bar Course

LAW Elective

URP Elective

URP Elective

 

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

15 Hours                                                                                18 Hours

 

[1] Depending on availability, this course may have to be taken in the spring. It must, however, be taken in the second year of law school (third year of joint program).

[2] Same as note 4.

[3] If students are in the bottom 40% of their entering law classes, then certain bar topic courses are required and would replace law electives.

[4] Bridge courses are taken during the winter session.  Thus, credits taken over bridge are not part of the maximum number of credits that may be taken by students over the spring semester. Anything over 16 credits per semester (whether solely law school courses or a combined set of law and URP courses) requires a waiver by the law school.  In no event may a law school student take over 18 credits a semester when taking a law or combined law and URP semester due to accreditation standards.

 

Fourth Year

­Fall

 

LAW Seminar

LAW Experiential

LAW Elective

URP 582 Planning Practicum II OR Joint Law/Planning Studio

 

 

 

3

4

3

6

 

 

­Spring

 

LAW Bridge Course Electives[1]

LAW Law School Elective

LAW Law Experiential

LAW Law Elective or Required Bar Course

LAW Law Elective

URP 697 Masters Project

 

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

Law and urban planning intersect in numerous ways academically and professionally.Common ground includes issues of land development; property; regulatory systems (such as zoning, environmental controls, and other municipal, state or federal regulations); community development; environmental law and policy; housing and business development. 

By permitting some elective courses to count toward both degrees, the JD/MUP program enables students to complete the two degrees in four years rather than the five years required to complete the programs separately. The program offers considerable curricular flexibility enabling students to custom design a dual professional degree matching their interests and career aspirations.

Interested in a MUP + JD Dual Degree?

Would you like to learn more?

Contact:
Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
129 Hayes Hall
716-829-5224
gradrecruitment@ap.buffalo.edu

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