Explore the JD/MUP joint degree at UB

Gain an edge with professional degrees in urban planning and law

Students in a sunny space talk to Professor Hiro Hata.
Program Highlights

UB's JD/MUP combines five years of study into a four-year program

Earn two professional degrees without burdensome student debt

Prepare for careers in public service, private law firms, planning consultancy, and public legal practice

The JD/MUP degree, offered jointly by UB's School of Law and School of Architecture and Planning, is open to students from any academic background. Current students enrolled in UB's MUP or JD program are encouraged to attend.

Spanning local, state, federal and international policy and practice, the UB JD/MUP applies a powerful lens to issues of land development and land tenure; community development; environmental law and policy; and housing and business development. 

JD/MUP Information Session
Thursday, September 26
5 – 6:30 pm
Hayes Hall 401

  • Learn more about the program from Daniel Hess, professor and chair of the UB Department of Urban Planning, and Aviva Abramovsky, dean of the UB School of Law
  • Hear from working professionals and JD/MUP alumni about their academic and career experiences.
  • Light refreshments will be served.

Featured guest: Brendan Mehaffy, UB law graduate and urban planner

Brendan Mehaffy.

Brendan Mehaffy, Esq., is executive director of the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo.

Brendan R. Mehaffy has served as executive director of the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning for the City of Buffalo since 2010. In this role, Mr. Mehaffy is the point person for development initiatives in the City of Buffalo and oversees the City’s development boards and real estate portfolio. He holds a seat on each of the respective boards: the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, and the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation.

Mr.  Mehaffy completed his undergraduate studies at Binghamton University, the State University of New York, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics. He then obtained an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, which he supplemented with a juris doctorate from the University at Buffalo's School of Law.

Prior to his employment at the city, Mr. Mehaffy worked in private practice as a lawyer in focusing on environmental and land use law, while also working on corporate and litigation matters.


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