The JD/MBA dual degree program is aimed at business law-focused students whose careers would be enhanced by having both law and business degrees. Because management personnel and corporate attorneys have individual considerations and goals, by taking law and business courses simultaneously the student may achieve an understanding of commercial affairs from two different points of view. We offer two different formats of the program - listed below - to accommodate those with different post graduation goals.
To be admitted to the joint program, applicants must apply and be admitted into both the MBA and the JD programs. Regardless of which format you choose (3 year or 4 year) you will do your first entire year at the law school, so we recommend applying to the law school first and then if admitted, apply for the business school afterwards. Many students choose to wait and apply to Cox once they are first year law students, which is perfectly acceptable.
Because the admissions process for law school has fewer deadlines than the business school, and there are also fewer dates to take the LSAT each year, we recommend contacting the Law School Admissions Office
for further information regarding their admissions process. We of course are happy to answer any questions regarding the MBA degree as well, and you can contact the MBA Admissions
office with any questions specific to our timeline or process.
4 Year JD/MBA
The Cox School of Business and the Dedman School of Law have an established 4 year joint JD/MBA degree, which allows students to complete both degrees in four years (the JD degree normally requires three years to complete, and the MBA normally requires two years to complete). The shorter time to completion is made possible because each school gives students credit for a limited number of subject-appropriate courses taken in the other school.
The 4 Year JD/MBA is designed for:
• Candidates with any undergraduate degree
• Candidates interested in the option to seek either a business or law profession
• Candidates that would gain from completing a concentration within the business curriculum
The first year of this program would be entirely at the law school, and the summer after your first year would be spent in a law internship. Your second year would be entirely in the business school with that following summer at a business internship. Your third and fourth years are a combination of law and business electives and that last summer should be spent in the field you wish to pursue after graduation.
3 Year JD/MBA
Launched in 2016, the Cox School of Business and the Dedman School of Law have introduced a 3 year JD/MBA dual degree, which allows students to complete both degrees in three years (the JD degree normally requires three years to complete, and the MBA normally requires two years to complete). The 3 year combined program is made possible by the Fast Track One Year MBA Program at the Cox School of Business. The shorter time to completion is made possible because each school gives students credit for a limited number of subject-appropriate courses taken in the other school.
This highly selective dual degree program is designed for:
• Candidates with a Business, Economics, or quantitative undergraduate degree
• Candidates seeking a law profession only
• Candidates not seeking a concentration within the business curriculum
This combined degree program is aimed at the very motivated and able student who starts with a solid grounding in business concepts, and seeks advanced training in business and a professional legal education in a time- and cost-effective manner. We expect students in the Three-year JD/MBA program to pursue careers in the legal field.
The first year of this program would be entirely at the law school. Instead of doing an internship that summer, you would take full-time classes at the business school. Your next two years would be spent taking both law and business courses and your summer between the second and third year would be spent doing a law internship.