Brooklyn Law School and Pratt Institute jointly sponsor a program leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Science (MS) in City and Regional Planning. Students may further specialize in community development, environmental policy, preservation, or real estate.
The Pratt Planning program provides an understanding of the political, social, economic and physical dimensions of the urban environment. The curriculum emphasizes the practice of planning at the neighborhood and city levels and equips students by teaching a combination of theory, technical skills, and critical thinking. When pursued jointly with a law degree, students are afforded the opportunity to approach urban and environmental issues from a legal standpoint and can complete both degrees in less time than if pursued independently.
Pratt Institute admits students for either the Fall or Spring semester and on either a full-time or part-time basis. The City and Regional Planning Program offers courses primarily in the evening, however, weekday courses are offered for the preservation specialization. The MS in City and Regional Planning requires 60 credits but a student may receive up to 25 percent of the total number of required credits for the master’s degree by successfully completing approved law school courses. Students enrolled in the law school's full-time program may complete the requirements for both degrees in four to five years, depending on the number of summer courses. If pursued on a part-time basis, the program generally takes five to six years to complete depending on the number of summer courses. With written approval, the MS degree may be awarded in advance of the JD degree; otherwise, degrees are awarded concurrently.
Credits earned outside the Law School and used toward a J.D., including non-Law School credits toward a joint degree, count toward the overall credits required for graduation, but do not count toward the 65 “classroom credits” required for graduation. For further information, please contact the Registrar’s office or refer to our Student Handbook.
Students seeking additional information on admissions and curriculum at Pratt should contact:
John Shapiro, Chair
Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 399-4314
Fax: (718) 399-4379