What will I learn?

One of the more popular combined-degree programs at Iowa is Law (J.D.) combined with Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.). Joint Law-Planning degree graduates typically obtain employment as city managers, city attorneys, city planners or planning administrators. They also practice at law firms or advocacy organizations as land use, housing, transportation or environmental law specialists.

The J.D. degree requires 84 credit hours, typically completed in three years; the M.S. requires 50 credit hours, typically completed in two years. Law will apply a maximum of 12 hours of planning courses toward the J.D. requirement. (Six of those hours may be outside of Law [example, URP] and the other six are discretionary credits.) Planning will apply 15 hours of law courses toward the M.S. requirement. With approval of the student’s Planning advisor, three hours of law courses can be used to meet the requirements of the concentration. Therefore, joint-program students typically complete both degree requirements in four years. Taking classes over a summer term may be required to meet this target. A total of 107 hours of graduate work is required for the joint degree, including a minimum of 35 hours in planning and 72 hours of law.

Which department am I in?

College of Law

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,549.50 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Law

280 Boyd Law Building,

Melrose and Byington,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country; A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0; PTE minimum score of 68 with no subscore less than 58; TOEFL scores below 100; a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT).

For international students

A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.

English Language Requirements:

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 7.0, with no sub score less than 6.0.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present iBT scores below 100 on the PBT.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 550 on Paper-based test (PBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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