Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate expert knowledge of the basic history, doctrines, and procedures of the law relevant to state and local government law, land use, and urban planning law.  Within these general parameters, students will have developed and completed an individualized plan of ongoing learning that meets their professional goals.  Students will have a written plan of study with a professional goal statement, concrete learning outcomes, and a timeline for completion.

Courses Available

LAW 8732Lawyers and Dispute Resolution2-3
LAW 8898Construction Law2
LAW 8773Environmental Law2-3
LAW 8766Land Use Law2-3
LAW 8728Law And The American Indian2-3
LAW 8641RLegislation2-3
LAW 8783Federal Public Land & Resource Law2-3
LAW 8729Preservation Law2-3
LAW 8861Real Estate Finance3
LAW 8875Real Estate Transactions2-3
LAW 8770State And Local Government Law2-3
LAW 8725Water Law2-3
LAW 8773CEnvironmental Compliance Auditing and Permitting3
LAW 8725EEnergy Law3
LAW 8729CCultural Preservation Law3
LAW 8783PPreservation of Land & Natural Resources2-3


LL.M. – Urban Law students are required to complete a publishable quality thesis in the field of Urban Law, on subjects approved by the students' thesis committee, as outlined in their plan of study. The thesis must show substantial evidence of original research or development of the principles of at least one interdisciplinary field related to the area of urban studies pursued; be at least 75 pages in length; and be of high scholastic quality, suitable for publication as a lead article in a scholarly journal; and must demonstrate advanced knowledge and expertise in a field of law related to Urban law. A minimum of four and a maximum of eight credit hours (to be determined by the student in consultation with the thesis advisor) may be given for the written thesis .

The thesis committee, consisting of the thesis advisor (selected by the student with the advisor's consent) and the School of Law graduate studies committee must approve the topic and the final form and substance of the thesis.

Other Courses

The School of Law graduate studies committee may approve other law school courses and up to six credit hours of courses in other schools and departments of the University related to the area of urban affairs pursued. Generally, students may not take required or basic bar examination J.D. courses for graduate credit.

Before enrollment, the student will work with the associate dean toward developing an individualized urban affairs course of studies.