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Urban Planning/Law Joint Degree

This program leads to the Master of Urban Planning and the J.D. degree of the School of Law. A total of 115 credit hours is required, comprising 39 hours in urban planning and 76 hours in law. Applicants must meet admission requirements of both the School of Law and the Urban Planning Department. The former includes the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). A student in this program must take all 21 credit hours of required Urban Planning courses plus twelve hours in an area of specialization plus six hours of Urban Planning electives. Nine hours of Law courses may be cross-counted towards the 48 hours needed for the M.U.P. degree. The student must take 76 hours of Law courses; 14 hours of Urban Planning courses may be cross-counted towards the 90 hours needed for the J.D. degree. The program can be completed in four years. See also Law.

JOINT DEGREE WITH LAW LEADING TO THE
JURIS DOCTORATE and MASTER OF URBAN PLANNING

The joint degree program in law and urban planning is designed for students intending to practice law who might become concerned with the problems of housing, land use, transportation, environment, or urban and regional development. The course of study provides a method to develop professionals capable of dealing with both the legal and planning aspects of urban problems. Graduates with these two degrees will be able to apply their skills in both the public and private sectors.

The program combines into four years the normal three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the two-year M.U.P. program offered by the Urban Planning Department in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Students in the program must complete seventy-six credit hours in law and thirty-nine credit hours in urban planning. Near the end of the course of study each candidate must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination administered by the Urban Planning Department or write a thesis approved by the Student's Thesis Committee in Urban Planning.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The joint J.D./M.U.P. program is open to those who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and whose undergraduate record indicates that the applicant has the capacity to complete the law and urban planning programs. Applicants for the J.D./M.U.P. program must meet the admission requirements of the School of Law, the Urban Planning Department and Graduate Studies. Applicants must apply and be admitted to each school separately prior to entrance into the first year of the program. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. A student who decides to enter the program while enrolled in the first year of the J.D. or M.U.P curriculum must consult and obtain approval from the School of Law and Urban Planning Department as soon as possible. No student may enter the joint degree program after completing more than three full semesters in the Law School or in the Urban Planning Department.

TYPICAL ENROLLMENT PATTERN

    Urban   TOTAL
   Law   Planning CREDITS

First Year

29

0

29

Second Year

2*

24

26

Third Year

22

9

31

Fourth Year

23

6

29

Total Credit Earned

76

39

115

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Law Courses Required of All Students

First Year Courses:

LAW 804

Civil Procedure I

4

LAW 809

Contracts

4

LAW 814

Criminal Law

4

LAW 806

Introduction to Constitutional Law

4

LAW 820

Lawyering Skills I

2

LAW 821

Lawyering Skills II

3

LAW 826

Property

4

LAW 831

Torts

 4

29

In addition to all JD/MUP program course requirements, students must satisfy the upper-class writing requirements and the Professional Skills requirements in the School of Law. Please refer to the current School of Law catalog for details.

Upper Class Courses:

LAW 873

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions

3

LAW 874

Constitutional Law: Payment Systems

3

LAW 908

Evidence

3

LAW 972 Professional Responsibility

2

 

 

11

Required Elective Courses for all Joint Degree Candidates:

LAW 850

Administrative Law

3

LAW 917

Government Control of Land Development

2-3

LAW 956

Local Government Law

3

LAW 954 Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
    2-3

 

 

10-12

Additional Elective Courses for all Joint Degree Candidates.

At least 5 credits from the following list:

LAW 858

Agriculture Law

1-3

LAW 860

Alternate Dispute Resolution

2-3

LAW 904

Environmental Law Seminar

2-3

LAW 920

Health Law & Policy

3

LAW 941

Land Transactions

3

LAW 963

Energy Law and Policy

3

LAW 966

Oil & Gas

3

LAW 967

Native American Natural Resources

3

LAW 975

Public Lands and Natural Resources

3

LAW 976

Public Policy Clinic*

3

LAW 985

Reg. of Toxic Substances & Hazardous Waste

2-3

LAW 992

Water Law

3

+ only if advisor in the Planning Program approves for an elective assuming that the course contains planning related subject.

Urban Planning Courses Required of all Students

Core Curriculum:

UBPL 736

Planning Institutions

3

UBPL 850

Urban and Regional Theory

3

UBPL 741

Quantitative Methods I

3

UBPL 742

Quantitative Methods II

3

UBPL 815

History and Theory of the Planning Process

3

UBPL 763

Professional Practice

3

UBPL 705 Economic Analysis for Planners
 3

 

 

21

Major:

At least 12 credits in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental Planning, Housing and Development Planning, Land Use Planning and Urban Design, or Transportation Planning. One course in the area of specialization must be an implementation seminar. No minor is required.

Electives:

At least 6 credits from Urban Planning courses.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Law Courses

First Year Courses

29

Other Required Courses

8-9

Required Electivesb

12

Additional Electives

5

Other Law Coursesc

21-22

75-77

Urban Planning Courses

Core Curriculum

21

Major

12

Electives

  6

39

Planning Courses Counted Towards J.D. Degree

14

Law Courses Counted Towards MUP Degree

 

9

Total Degree Requirements

90

48

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information, please review the material in regard to the regular programs contained at the School of Law website: http://www.law.ku.edu/urban-planning and in the Prospectus of the Urban Planning Department or contact the Associate Dean, School of Law, Green Hall, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045, (785) 864-4550 or the Chair of the Urban Planning Department, 317 Marvin Hall, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045, (785) 864-4184.
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a Required Second Year Course: Professional Responsibility
b This list is subject to change by agreement of the two programs.

The University of Kansas Graduate Catalog states specifically that all course work counted toward a master's degree requires a B average for the award of the degree. The School of Law Catalog states specifically that all candidates for the J.D. degree must attain a grade point average of 2.0 in all course work taken to fulfill degree requirements. All joint degree aspirants must fulfill the writing requirements of the School of Law. Please see the current School of Law catalog.


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