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JD/MCP City & Regional Planning: Penn Design

The aim of the JD/Masters in City Planning (MCP) program is to train leaders who can blend the professional concerns of law with city and regional planning. Graduates acquire valuable tools for state, local, and regional land-use planning and are well-prepared to assume leadership roles as state, local, national, and international policy makers. The program allows students to expand the range of frameworks applicable to decision making in land use policy, real estate law, and related fields, and stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration in planning and implementation.

Students can earn both degrees in four years. Penn Law gives credit for four relevant courses in Design toward the JD degree. Students complete 19 courses for the MCP degree: ten core requirements, five elective courses taken in their area of interest, and four taken at the Law School.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the MCP program are welcomed contemporaneously with the Law School application or during the 1L year.

The GRE is recommended for the MCP so that the student may be eligible for merit scholarships. Applicants for Penn Law may take either the GRE, GMAT or LSAT.

Here are possible tracks for completing the program.

  First year Second year Third year Fourth year
Option 1 – contemporaneous applications 1L City Planning 2L & City Planning courses 3L & City Planning courses
Option 2 – apply to City Planning while in Law program 1L 2L City Planning 3L & City Planning courses
Option 3 – apply to Law while in City Planning program City Planning 1L 2L & City Planning courses 3L & City Planning courses


Additional Information:

  • City Planning
  • Admissions
  • Contact: John Landis, Department Chair at MCP
  • To talk through scheduling/registration details and how this joint-degree program might complement your JD from Penn Law, please contact Amanda S. Aronoff, L’95, Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs & Academic Options at