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 Management 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.
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 Associate Dean for Students 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.
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 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 J. D. and MBA degree requirements.
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” (for full-time law school students) 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.
Students must complete 91 credit hours, 81 of which must be in law school courses. At least 71 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.
Complete all required courses, including:
- Research and writing requirement
- Jurisprudential requirement
- Experiential course requirement
Successfully complete all coursework within five years
JD/MBA students complete the core MBA curriculum.
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.
Each JD/MBA student must also complete a 12 credit hour series of electives. 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 1, 2, or 3 credits as appropriate.
- Law 834: Doing Business in Brazil: A Legal Overview
- Law 8601: Business Organizations
- Law 8601L: Transactional Lawyering Skills Lab
- Law 8601R: Doing Business in Ireland, Part I
- Law 8601S Doing Business in Ireland, Part II
- Law 8603: Taxation of Business Organization
- Law 8605: Antitrust and Fair Competition Law
- Law 8643C: Competitive Business Intelligence
- Law 8643T: Advanced Legal Research: Transactional Law
- Law 8704N: Lawyer Skills Competition-Negotiation Team
- Law 8704T: Lawyer Skills Competition-Transactional Practice Teams
- Law 8707B: Advanced Legal Writing: Business Contract Drafting
- Law 8716: Cyberlaw
- Law 8716C: Cybercrime
- Law 8720: Secured Transactions
- Law 8721: Commercial Transactions
- Law 8723: Banking Law Seminar
- Law 8732I: Cross-cultural Business Negotiation
- Law 8732R: Intro to the Resolution of International Commercial Disputes
- 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 8754: International Business Transactions
- Law 8757: Business Planning
- Law 8757N: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
- Law 8758S: Securities Regulation
- Law 8760: Insurance
- Law 8763: Labor Law
- Law 8771: Public Finance
- Law 8793B: Health Law II: Regulation, Organization and Finance
- Law 8796: Economics and the Law
- Law 8797: Business Torts and Unfair Competition
- Law 8798: Copyright Law
- Law 8808: Intellectual Property Law
- Law 8832: Law of International Trade and Finance
- Law 8832I: Introduction to International Trade
- Law 8835: Blockchain, Cryptoassets and the Law
- Law 8837: Negotiating Mergers and Acquisitions
- Law 8837R: Mergers & Acquisitions Deals and Corporate Governance Issues
- Law 8845: Deferred Compensation
- Law 8848R: State and Local Taxation
- Law 8861: Real Estate Finance
- Law 8875: Real Estate Transactions
- Law 8875L: Legal Context of Real Estate Decision Making
- Law 8876: Sales and Leasing
- Law 8882: Patent Law
- Law 8884: White Collar Crime
- Law 8886: Corporate Taxation I
- Law 8887: Corporate Taxation II
- Law 8888A: Partnership Taxation II
- Law 8888R: Partnership Taxation
- Law 8889R: Subchapter S Taxation
- Law 8890A: Sports Law I, Amateur Sports Law
- Law 8890B: Sports Law II, Professional Sports Law
- Law 8890R: Entertainment Law
- Law 8893: International Taxation
- Law 8893R: Taxation Of Property Transactions
- Law 8898: Construction Law
- Law 8901: Advising Life Sciences and Technology Entrepreneurs
- Law 8902: Topics and Cases Related to In-House Counsel
- Law 8921: Selected Projects in Law, Technology and Public Policy
- Law 8925: Entrepreneurial Urban Development