I am off to Albany in the fall to pursue the Masters in Urban Planning with a specialization in Environmental/Land Use Planning... Albany offers a 4 year joint degree program with there law school for the MRP/JD degree program... I have been considering this but since albany law school isnt in the top 100 and is tier 3 i dont know if it would be smart to do it, but than again I dont know because I know some people who went there and said it was alright... The other thing I wanted to do was finish the Masters in Urban Planning degree (2 years) and than either try to get into the City College of New Yorks Masters in Archtecture program or their Urban Design program, but the thing is I dont have to much design/drawing experience so I dont know how I would go about making a good portfolio... I was thinking of taking a few architecture/drawing/design courses at the Rensellaers Polytechnic Institute which has an architecture program because Albany allows students to take some electives there. I guess before I make this decision I wanted to know from anyone in planning or has any advice to give, what would be a smarter degree to couple with my Masters in Urban Planning degree... A law degree from Albany Law or an Architectue or Urban Design degree... and if urban design or arch is the degree are my chances of getting into these programs good enough? Any advice is much appreciated, thanks.