I just stumbled upon these forums and they seem like a great resource! I am starting to think about what I want to do after I graduate and would like some insight into career possibilities with the JD/MURP combo. Just as some background information...I am a civil engineering major in a top ranked civil program and am doing okay but what I've found is that hardcore engineering isn't really what I want to do with my life. I have two more semesters of coursework left and so my intention is to complete this degree and then move onto something more interesting. I am currently taking two urban planning graduate courses and interned this past summer at a planning and civil engineering firm in their planning department. I have a 3.3 grade point average, active member in a few organizations having to do with women in engineering, leadership position in my sorority, held a transportation engineering research position, etc etc.
I think I would like to do something with real estate development, possibly working with a large developer but I'm not really sure. The joint JD/MURP programs seem enticing because it would give me so many options but is it going to make me really that much more marketable? My college advisor(who is an engineering advisor) keeps telling me that if I go for the JD/MURP program after my bachelors in civil engineering(and minors in history and math) I'm going to appear to employers like I'm very well educated but that I have no direction. I don't necessarily agree with this because I see that civil engineering, urban planning(or for some of the programs, real estate development specifically), and law(with a focus on real estate) all go together very nicely... What types of jobs could I expect? Has anyone done a similar track?
As you can probably tell, I don't have a well defined job in mind. I know of a general field that I have interest in and am trying to aim my education towards that direction. I'm really just starting to look into different programs and have lots of reading and searching on the forums to do.
... also, I've seen various posters refer to three year JD/MURP programs but have only found one. What schools are these located at?
... and if I put this in the wrong forum, sorry. I wasn't really sure where it should go.