An opportunity to study at two of Ohio's most prestigious professional colleges and earn both law and planning degrees in four years.
The JD/MUPDD Program at Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs allows full-time students to earn both a Juris Doctor (JD) law degree and a Master of Urban Planning, Design & Development (MUPDD) in four years, rather than the five years required to earn the degrees separately.
Designed to enhance the professional training and employment opportunities of students who seek careers in either the public or private sector, the JD/MUPDD program is backed by the solid reputation of two of Ohio's finest professional schools and equips graduates to compete in the job market of the 21st century in law firms; municipal, county, regional, and state planning and economic development agencies; and private sector planning or real estate development firms.
The JD/MUPDD Program requires four years of full-time study or five to six years of part-time study to complete. The requirements for the JD are fulfilled by completion of 80 semester credit hours of work in the College of Law, including all required courses and the transfer of 10 semester credit hours from courses taken in the MUPDD program. The Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development requirements are fulfilled by completion of 40 semester credit hours of work in the College of Urban Affairs, including all core courses, and the transfer of 8 semester credit hours from courses taken in the College of Law.
In order to insure that the degree requirements of both programs are fully maintained, while at the same time permitting the saving of a full academic year, students who pursue the JD/MUPDD Program are not permitted to take elective courses outside either College's academic program for credit toward either degree without prior approval of the Directors of the MUPDD and JD/MUPDD Programs.
Full-time students can complete all requirements for the JD/MUPDD degrees in four years. Students who enroll in the program after applying to both Colleges spend their first year exclusively in the College of Law, their second year in the College of Urban Affairs, and their third and fourth years are split between the two Colleges. This schedule also applies to students who are admitted to the JD/MUPDD Program before completion of their first year at the College of Law.
Students admitted to the JD/MUPDD Program after initially enrolling in the College of Urban Affairs will follow a reverse pattern. After their initial year in the College of Urban Affairs, they will spend their second year exclusively in the College of Law, with their remaining two years spent taking courses in both Colleges.
Finally, students who apply for the JD/MUPDD Program during their second year at the College of Law spend their third year exclusively in the College of Urban Affairs and their fourth year split between the two Colleges.