Several dozen universities around the United States offer joint juris doctorate and master's of business administration (JD/MBA) programs that allow you to receive graduate diplomas in both law and business in an efficient manner. From Harvard on the east coast to the University of Hawaii in Manoa, from Stanford University to the University of Virginia, there are a variety of campuses where you can pursue your double degree (see "Resources" for a partial but diverse list). The program that is right for you depends on your ambitions, accomplishments, standardised test scores, budget and desired location.
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Considered the creme-de-la-creme of JD/MBA programs, Harvard allows you to achieve both degrees in four years rather than five. To be admitted, you must apply to, and be admitted separately, by both Harvard Law School (HLS) and the Harvard Business School (HBS). (You can also start at one of them and, during your first year, apply to the other.)
In the first year you enrol in either the Law or Business school -- your choice -- and in the second year you enrol in the other. Having completed the first-year requirements at both schools, you then enrol at both for years three and four. Tuition and financial aid in the first two years are determined by the school you are in. In year three it is determined by HLS, and in year four by HBS.
Harvard Law School 1563 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-3109 law.harvard.edu
Harvard Business School Soldiers Field Boston, MA 02163 617-495-6128 hbs.edu
University of Virginia
To be admitted to the four-year joint JD/MBA program at the University of Virginia, you must first be admitted separately by both the law school and the business school (you can also enrol in one of them and then apply to the other during your first year). Once you have been admitted to both schools, you must apply for permission from faculty advisers to enter the joint program.
During your first year, you fulfil first-year requirements at either the law or business school, paying tuition for that school. In the second year, you enrol in the other and complete first-year requirements there. In years three and four, you are considered a student at both schools and pay the higher of the tuitions, whichever that is for you, plus the fees at both schools. By the end of the fourth year, you must have earned at least 70 credits in law and 52.5 credits in business in order to receive your two degrees.
Virginia Law 580 Massie Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22903 434-924-7354 law.virginia.edu
Darden School of Business P.O. Box 6550 Charlottesville, VA 22906 434- 924-3900 darden.virginia.edu
Arizona State University
The four-year MBA/JD program at Arizona State University's. W.P. Carey School of Business and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law involves one year of business study and three years of law. During the year at the business school you must complete 36 credits of study, including a strategic management course. An additional 12 credits of your studies in law will be applied to your business degree.
To be admitted to the joint program, you must apply separately to the two schools, which will render admissions decisions independently of each other. Let them know when you apply that you seek entry to the joint MBA/JD program. You can also join the program if you are already enrolled at the law school. Your tuition will be set by the business school for the year you study there, and by the law school for the other three years.
W. P. Carey School of Business BA 160 P.O. Box 874906 Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-3332 wpcarey.asu.edu
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Admissions Office PO Box 877906 Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-1474 Law.asu.edu
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