The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, together with the S.J. Quinney College of Law, offer a dual degree program that enables students to earn a Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) degree and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree simultaneously. This dual degree program seeks to take advantage of complementary intellectual benefits from studying law and city and metropolitan planning in a coordinated program. The subject of city and metropolitan planning in the United States can hardly be broached without directly incorporating some aspect of the American legal system. Similarly, a significant element of modern state and local government law involves topics and processes that are central to planning practices. Thus, any student interested in the problems at the core of growth, development, and state and local infrastructure will benefit from understanding these issues from both planning and legal perspectives. Doing so will enrich their ability to address the relevant problems, serve and attract clients, and provide them with a competitive advantage in the job market.
A student enrolled in the dual degree program will be able to earn both degrees in less time and with fewer overall credit requirements than if that student enrolled in each degree program independently. Students enrolled in the dual degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of JD class work towards fulfilling the 49-51 credit-hour requirement of the MCMP degree, and may count up to 12 credit hours of MCMP class work towards fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the JD degree. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees, a JD degree awarded by the College of Law and an MCMP degree awarded by the College of Architecture + Planning.
Applicants interested in dual JD/MCMP program must submit separate admission applications to the College of Law and to the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning. Each program has its own independent admissions standards, and admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other. Applicants interested in pursuing the JD/MCMP dual degree are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time. Nonetheless, a law student may apply to the MCMP program prior to completion of the first year of law school, enabling the student to earn the dual JD/MCMP degree should they be admitted. An MCMP student who enrolls in the law program after matriculating in the MCMP program will have limitations imposed on those MCMP credit hours that can count towards the law degree.
First Year at the College of Law
The College of Law will not give law credit for an MCMP course unless the applicant has first successfully completed the first year at the College of Law. This prerequisite means that applicants who start the dual degree program by doing work in the MCMP program before completing the first year of law school must delay taking the specific MCMP courses they intend to count towards their 12 hours of law credit until after they complete the first year of law school.
A student who has been admitted to both the JD and MCMP programs and who wishes to pursue the dual degree program must file a Dual Degree Enrollment Form with the Registrar/Admissions Officer of each program. Upon filing this form and its being approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Law and the MCMP Program Coordinator, an advisor will be appointed in each program to assist the student in planning an overall program of study that takes advantage of the goals of the dual degree program.
Cross-Over Course Credit Requirements
To earn academic credit towards a law degree for coursework completed in the MCMP program: (1) an MCMP course must be pre-approved by the student’s College of Law advisor, and that approval must be indicated on the “Request to Count MCMP Course Credit Toward JD Degree” Form; and (2) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course. To earn academic credit towards the MCMP degree for coursework completed in the College of Law: (1) the course may not be part of the law school’s first-year curriculum; (2) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course; and (3) the course must be pre-approved by the student’s MCMP advisor.
A JD/MCMP Dual Degree student who chooses to enroll only in MCMP courses during any semester courses shall notify the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of that fact. A JD/MCMP Dual Degree student who chooses to enroll only in College of Law courses during any semester shall notify the MCMP Program Coordinator of that fact.
Writing and Professional Project Requirements
The College of Law requires that every student satisfy a substantial writing requirement. This requirement (or any successor replacement requirement) will not be waived for students in the JD/MCMP Dual Degree Program, and no MCMP research paper will satisfy this law school requirement. The MCMP program requires that every student complete a professional project. This requirement will not be waived for students in the JD/MCMP Dual Degree Program, and no JD research paper or project will satisfy this MCMP requirement.
Awarding of Each Degree
A student enrolled in the JD/MCMP Dual Degree Program who wishes to count credits taken in one program toward fulfilling the degree in the other program must complete all requirements of both programs before either degree will be awarded.
City & Metropolitan Planning and Juris Doctor
CMP 6010 Urban Research (3)
CMP 6100 Urban Theory & Form (3)
CMP 6260 Land Use Law (3)
CMP 6430 Planning Communication (3)
CMP 6450 GIS in Planning (3)
CMP 6610 Urban Ecology (3)
CMP 6240 Reason, Power, and Values (3)
CMP 6322 City & Metropolitan Economics (3)
CMP 6280 or 6445/6 Graduate Workshop (3) or Urban Design Studio (5)
CMP 6971 Professional Project (4)
LAW 6000 Introduction to Law (0)
LAW 6040 Civil Procedure (4)
LAW 6080 Contracts (4)
LAW 6140 Torts (4)
LAW 6180 & LAW 6190 Legal Methods & Legal Research (6)
LAW 6120 Property (4)
LAW 6060 Constitutional Law I (4)
LAW 7410 Constitutional Law II (4)
LAW 6100 Criminal Law (4)
LAW 7900 Legal Profession (3)
Advanced Legal Writing Requirement (variable, typically 3)
LAW Skills Course (variable, typically 2 or 3)
CMP Electives (6)
LAW Electives (33)
Total Number of Credits 111 to 114