What do people with this dual degree end up doing?
I've had my heart set on getting this dual degree for awhile, but I'm starting to wonder if I'm misguided. Two successful, experienced lawyers I've spoken to have given me the impression that having a law degree in addition to an urban planning degree doesn't open that many more doors, if your primary interest is urban planning. One of them said he wasn't even sure why the dual degree existed (granted, his area is constitutional law, not land-use or environmental). Obviously there is overlap between law and urban planning, and being able to navigate the law would be incredibly useful, but as legal issues are so localized, why not just become a planner and then learn what you have to of legal issues, or take some classes on law while studying urban planning?
For my part, I've been interested in urban planning for a long time, and recently discovered that I find law very interesting as well. When I learned that a number of schools have this dual degree program, it seemed fortuitous. I'm interested in international development and globalization issues, particularly development in third world countries, and I thought that a dual degree in urban planning and international law would both satisfy my interests in those areas and potentially set me up to do interesting work in foreign countries. But it seems like I could possibly get there just with an urban planning degree.
So how do you justify three more years of school and a potentially great debt? Especially as someone who intends to work in the public interest, and so probably will not be making the large salary that lawyers are famous for upon completing school.
Any input is appreciated.