J.D./MUP - Urban Planning

Brooklyn Law School and Hunter College's Graduate Program in the Department of Urban Planning (Urban Affairs and Planning) jointly sponsor a program leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Urban Planning (MUP).

Urban planners often turn to the legal profession for implementation of their work, and lawyers seek planners’ advice in identifying present and future land use choices and pinpointing other development issues for public and private clients. Individuals with credentials in both areas are increasingly sought as advisers for urban policy makers and clients with urban land problems. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and background necessary to practice both professions.

Hunter College admits students for either the Fall or Spring semester. Students can pursue a J.D./MUP on a full-time or part-time basis. Of the 54 credits needed to complete the MUP degree, 15 may be earned by successful completion of law school courses. Likewise, a student may receive up to nine of the 86 credits required for the J.D. degree by successfully completing approved course work in the MUP program. Students enrolled in the law school's full-time program may complete the requirements for both degrees in four to five years depending on the number of summer courses. If pursued on a part-time basis, the program generally takes five to six years to complete depending on the number of summer courses. With approval, the MUP degree may be awarded in advance of the J.D. degree; otherwise, degrees are awarded concurrently upon completion of all degree requirements.

Students seeking additional information on admissions and curriculum at Hunter College should contact:

Prof. Lynn McCormick
Director, Graduate Program in Urban Planning
Dept. of Urban Affairs & Planning
Hunter College/CUNY
695 Park Avenue
Rm. 1614HW
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 772-5733 
Email: john.chin@hunter.cuny.edu


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