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J.D./MBA Joint Program

This program represents the combination of two separate degree programs: one leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, the other leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Students involved in the program are those who have been admitted to both the School of Law and the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration who desire to pursue both degrees with the benefit of cross-acceptance of a certain number of credit hours. A major benefit of the program is that it results in a reduction in the number of semesters a student would normally need to obtain both degrees – a reduction of at least one semester.

No combined transcript is used nor is a combined degree awarded upon completion of the program. Students simply advance in each school toward its respective degree and may apply for graduation to either school upon meeting the requirements for its specific degree whether or not the requirements for the other degree have been met.


Cross-Acceptance of Degree Hours

The School of Law will accept up to ten (10) credit hours of MBA courses toward the ninety-one (91) hours required for the J.D. degree. The only exceptions are courses that are not graduate-level courses (if any) or courses that cover the same material as law courses (such as an introduction to business organizations course or MGT 5510: Legal and International Environment of Business). The Associate Dean of the School of Law will review each student’s course request to determine whether the courses are acceptable toward the J.D. degree.

In addition, the student may apply twelve (12) credit hours of business oriented law courses towards the MBA degree (as an emphasis within the “Beyond Core” of the MBA program). Each course transferred must meet acceptable grade requirements of the transferor school.

Application Procedure, Admission and Program Approval

The normal application process for admission to each school must be followed and the usual requirements for admission to each school apply. There are no special admission requirements for entry into the joint J.D./MBA program. Students may take advantage of the program provided that, by the end of their first academic year (or two years in the case of a part-time or “Flex” Law student), admission has been secured to both degree programs (J.D. and MBA). Students should develop a planned program of courses and submit the plan to each school for approval. The program plan must meet the Juris Doctor and MBA degree requirements.

Enrollment

Students may take MBA courses before regular enrollment and matriculation in the Law School, but these courses cannot transfer to the J.D. program. The first year law curriculum must be taken as a “one year package” and only MBA courses completed after this time will apply to the law degree. Law courses completed before admission to the MBA program can be applied to the MBA degree.

J.D. Requirements

Students must complete 91 credit hours, 81 of which must be in law school courses. At least 76 hours must be in courses requiring attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions in the law school.

Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

The grade in transferred courses from the MBA program will not transfer into the J.D. cumulative GPA. Instead, the course grade will be converted to credit, provided the grades are at least C (2.0) or better in 500-level coursework. If the grade received is insufficient, the course will not be accepted toward the required 91 hours.

At least six semesters in law school residence, with not less than 10 law school classroom credit hours per semester.

Two summer sessions may be considered a semester for residency purposes, provided at least 10 law school classroom hours are completed in the two summer sessions.

Complete all required courses, including:

  • Research and writing requirement
  • UCC requirement
  • Jurisprudential requirement
  • Advance Torts requirement
  • Professional Skills Certification requirement

Successfully complete all coursework within five years

MBA Requirements

Students without a bachelor's degree in business complete the Professional MBA curriculum. Students who have a bachelor's degree in business complete the Accelerated Professional MBA curriculum. 12 hours of law school credit can be applied to the MBA degree, reducing the number of Bloch MBA credits required to 30 (Professional MBA) or 21 (Accelerated Professional MBA).

Students must attain a cumulative Bloch School graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, including grades of B (3.0) or better in 80% of the Bloch School courses completed. Due to differing grading standards, the transferred law hours are not included in the 80% calculation. Courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better to count toward the MBA program.

Electives
Students will complete one 3-credit MBA elective under the Professional MBA curriculum, or 12 credits of MBA electives under the Accelerated Professional MBA curriculum.

Emphasis
Each student also must complete a 12 credit hour emphasis in Management-General Law. This requirement is met by choosing 12 hours from the following list of selected Law School courses. The catalog description of Law School courses can be found here. The following courses are taken for 2 or 3 credits as appropriate.

  • Law 8601: Business Organizations
  • Law 8601R: Doing Business in Ireland
  • Law 8603: Taxation of Business Organization
  • Law 8605: Antitrust and Competition Law
  • Law 8612R: Real Estate Planning with Life Insurance
  • Law 8709: Sales and Leasing
  • Law 8716: Cyberlaw and Infosphere
  • Law 8720: Secured Transactions
  • Law 8721: Commercial Transactions
  • Law 8732: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Law 8734: Mediation
  • Law 8735R: Law of the European Union (Part 1)
  • Law 8736: Debtor-Creditor Rights
  • Law 8737R: Law of the European Union (Part 2)
  • Law 8753: International Law
  • Law 8753L: Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
  • Law 8754: International Business Transactions
  • Law 8757: Business Planning
  • Law 8757N: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Law 8758S: Securities Regulation
  • Law 8763: Labor Law
  • Law 8796: Economics and the Law
  • Law 8797: Business Torts and Unfair Competition
  • Law 8798: Copyright Laws
  • Law 8807: Problems in Bankruptcy
  • Law 8808: Intellectual Property Law
  • Law 8808R: Law of Information Technology
  • Law 8832: Law of International Trade and Finance
  • Law 8837: Negotiating Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Law 8848R: State and Local Taxation
  • Law 8875: Real Estate Transactions
  • Law 8882: Patent Law
  • Law 8884: White Collar Crime
  • Law 8886: Corporate Taxation I
  • Law 8887: Corporate Taxation II
  • Law 8888R: Partnership Taxation
  • Law 8889: International Taxation
  • Law 8890A: Sports Law I, Amateur Sports Law
  • Law 8890B: Sports Law II, Professional Sports Law
  • Law 8890R: Entertainment Law

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Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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