JD/MUP (Urban Planning)


This joint degree program combines into four years the three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the two-year Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program offered by the Urban Planning Department in the School of Public Affairs & Administration.

The program 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.

Students in the program must complete 76 credit hours in law and 39 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.

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JD/MUP Program Information

Learn more about admission requirements, degree requirements and the typical program format for the JD/Master of Urban Planning joint degree program using the tabs below.

Students must conclude their joint degree program enrolled in courses offered in the law school. In all cases, students must receive their joint degrees concurrently.

Admission Requirements

The joint JD/MUP 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 JD/MUP program must meet the admission requirements of the School of Law, the Urban Planning Department and the Graduate School. 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 JD or MUP 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 School of Law or in the Urban Planning Department.

Degree Requirements

The tables below outline the requirements for this joint degree program.

Total Credit Hours

Summary of JD/MUP Degree Requirements
Type of CourseCredit hours
Law Courses
First-Year Courses29
Other Required Courses10
Required Electives9
Additional Electives8
Other Law Courses20
Total Law Credits76
Urban Planning Courses
Core Curriculum21
Major12
Electives6
Total Urban Planning Credits39
 
Planning Courses Counted Toward J.D. Degree14
Law Courses Counted Toward MUP Degree9
Total Law Degree Requirements90
Total MUP Degree Requirements48

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. Learn more about J.D. Program Degree Requirements.

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MUP program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. In addition to these course requirements, the School of Law has an upper-class writing requirement, a residence requirement, and a time limit for completion of the degree. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

The following law elective courses are required for JD/MUP joint degree candidates:

Required law elective courses for JD/MUP joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Required Elective Courses for all JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidates
LAW 850 Administrative Law3
LAW 956 Local Government Law3
LAW 954 Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
Total credits: 9

JD/MUP joint degree candidates must also complete 8 additional credit hours of law electives from this list of courses:

Additional law elective courses for JD/MUP joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Additional Elective Courses for all JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidates
At least 8 credits from the following list:
LAW 860 Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 904 Environmental Law Seminar3
LAW 920 Health Law & Policy3
LAW 941 Land Transactions3
LAW 963 Energy Law and Policy3
LAW 966 Oil & Gas3
LAW 967 Native American Natural Resources3
LAW 975 Public Lands and Natural Resources3
LAW 976 Public Policy Practicum3
LAW 992 Water Law3

Urban Planning Requirements

The following Urban Planning courses are required for the JD/MUP joint degree:

Urban Planning Requirements
CourseCredit hours
Urban Planning Courses Required of all Students
Core curriculum:
UBPL 736 Planning Institutions3
UBPL 850 Urban and Regional Theory3
UBPL 741 Quantitative Methods I3
UBPL 742 Quantitative Methods II3
UBPL 815 History and Theory of the Planning Process3
UBPL 763 Professional Practice3
UBPL 705 Economic Analysis for Planners3
Total credits: 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.

Additional Information

The University of Kansas Graduate Studies 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 coursework 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.

Typical Program Format

Typical program format
 LawUrban PlanningTotal Credits
First Year29029
Second Year2*2426
Third Year22931
Fourth Year23629
 
Total Credit Earned7639115
*Must include Professional Responsibility.

 

Admission Requirements

The joint JD/MUP 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 JD/MUP program must meet the admission requirements of the School of Law, the Urban Planning Department and the Graduate School. 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 JD or MUP 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 School of Law or in the Urban Planning Department.

Degree Requirements

The tables below outline the requirements for this joint degree program.

Total Credit Hours

Summary of JD/MUP Degree Requirements
Type of CourseCredit hours
Law Courses
First-Year Courses29
Other Required Courses10
Required Electives9
Additional Electives8
Other Law Courses20
Total Law Credits76
Urban Planning Courses
Core Curriculum21
Major12
Electives6
Total Urban Planning Credits39
 
Planning Courses Counted Toward J.D. Degree14
Law Courses Counted Toward MUP Degree9
Total Law Degree Requirements90
Total MUP Degree Requirements48

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. Learn more about J.D. Program Degree Requirements.

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MUP program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. In addition to these course requirements, the School of Law has an upper-class writing requirement, a residence requirement, and a time limit for completion of the degree. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

The following law elective courses are required for JD/MUP joint degree candidates:

Required law elective courses for JD/MUP joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Required Elective Courses for all JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidates
LAW 850 Administrative Law3
LAW 956 Local Government Law3
LAW 954 Legislation and Statutory Interpretation3
Total credits: 9

JD/MUP joint degree candidates must also complete 8 additional credit hours of law electives from this list of courses:

Additional law elective courses for JD/MUP joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
Additional Elective Courses for all JD/MUP Joint Degree Candidates
At least 8 credits from the following list:
LAW 860 Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 904 Environmental Law Seminar3
LAW 920 Health Law & Policy3
LAW 941 Land Transactions3
LAW 963 Energy Law and Policy3
LAW 966 Oil & Gas3
LAW 967 Native American Natural Resources3
LAW 975 Public Lands and Natural Resources3
LAW 976 Public Policy Practicum3
LAW 992 Water Law3

Urban Planning Requirements

The following Urban Planning courses are required for the JD/MUP joint degree:

Urban Planning Requirements
CourseCredit hours
Urban Planning Courses Required of all Students
Core curriculum:
UBPL 736 Planning Institutions3
UBPL 850 Urban and Regional Theory3
UBPL 741 Quantitative Methods I3
UBPL 742 Quantitative Methods II3
UBPL 815 History and Theory of the Planning Process3
UBPL 763 Professional Practice3
UBPL 705 Economic Analysis for Planners3
Total credits: 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.

Additional Information

The University of Kansas Graduate Studies 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 coursework 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.

Typical Program Format

Typical program format
 LawUrban PlanningTotal Credits
First Year29029
Second Year2*2426
Third Year22931
Fourth Year23629
 
Total Credit Earned7639115
*Must include Professional Responsibility.