Become an expert in law and city & regional planning

A jointly sponsored program from Brooklyn Law School & Pratt Institute. Earn degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Science (MS) in City and Regional Planning.

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. Students may further specialize in community development, environmental policy, preservation, or real estate. 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.

J.D./MS Degree Requirements

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 J.D. degree; otherwise, degrees are awarded concurrently.

Contact Pratt Institute

Students seeking additional information on admissions and curriculum at Pratt should contact:

Pratt Institute
Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
John Shapiro, Chair
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 399-4314
johnshapiro@pratt.edu