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Law/Urban Planning and Development

Saint Louis University’s School of Law and Center for Sustainability work together to offer students our graduate-dual degree program in law and urban planning and development.

About the Program

This dual-degree program combines the rigorous legal education of a Juris Doctor with training in spatial and policy analysis unique to urban planning and development.

You’ll graduate with an understanding of urban development in both the public and private sectors, as well as the complexities of real estate finance and communication across diverse audiences.

Curriculum and Program Details

Students complete the School of Law’s required first-year core curriculum, then combine urban planning and development courses with their law studies in their second year.

The program requires 115 to 118 credit hours of coursework — 82 hours in the School of Law and 33 to 36 hours in the Center for Sustainability — and students are expected to complete the requirements of this dual degree in four years.

Nine credit hours for the law degree are satisfied by completion of urban planning courses. To request law course credit for these nine hours, students must complete the “Request for Dual Degree Non-Law Credits to be Applied to School of Law Transcript” form.

Twelve hours of law courses will be accepted toward the urban planning and development degree.

Once accepted into the program, students must consult with an adviser in the School of Law and the Center for Sustainability to ensure they are meeting all degree requirements.

  • Douglas R. Williams, J.D.
  • Sarah Coffin, Ph.D.

A law degree in conjunction with an urban planning and development degree is a highly valuable combination sought after in the local, national and global economy.

Application Requirements

You must be accepted to both the School of Law and the Center for Sustainability, meeting requirements for both the law and urban planning and development programs, to pursue this dual degree.

Apply to the School of Law

Apply to the Center for Sustainability