The JD/MBA Dual Degree Program provides students with full legal training and the analytical, communication and leadership skills of MBA graduates. Upon completion of the graduation requirements of both schools, students of the dual degree program will receive both a JD from the School of Law and an MBA from the School of Business, making them attractive law firm candidates or corporate professionals.

The Joint Degree can be obtained in three years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

Basic Requirements for the JD/MBA

Admission:

Applicants must apply to and be admitted by both the law school and the school of business. The law school application is available through the Law School Admission Council at (www.lsac.org).  The business school application is available at http://business.gmu.edu/jd-mba.

Curriculum:

The following represents the three-year, full-time curriculum for the joint degree. If a student chooses to pursue the degree part time, over a longer period, then the schedule would be adjusted accordingly.

Joint Degree – JD / MBA

Semester School of Law CR School of Business CR
Fall 1L Law 096-LRWA I Intro to LRWA 2    
  Law 102-Contracts I 2    
  Law 110-Torts 4    
  Law 104-Property 4    
  Law 108-Econ Foundations 3    
  Semester Total 15    
Spring 1L Law 097-LRWA II Trial Level Writing 3    
  Law 103-Contracts II 3    
  Law 106-Criminal Law 3    
  Law 112-Civil Procedure 4    
  Law 266-Legislation & Statutory Interp. 2    
  Semester Total 15    
Summer Post 1L Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA
Elective Course List* &/or other Law School Courses
6    
Fall 2L     MBA 653-Organizational Behavior 3
      BMGT 633-Statistics for Bus. Dec. Making 3
      MBA 612-Cost Accounting 3
      MBA 603-Managerial Economics 3
      MBA 613-Financial Reporting 3
      MBA 795-Global Business Perspectives 3
      Semester Total 18
Spring 2L     MBA 643-Managerial Finance 3
      MBA 662-Management of Info. Tech. 3
      MBA 638-Operations Management 3
      MBA 623-Marketing Management 3
      BMGT 678-Strategic Management 3
      Semester Total 15
Summer Post 2L Optional Law School Elective Credits
Externship or Independent Study (July / August)
3    
Fall 3L Law 098-LRWA III Appellate Writing 2    
  Law 121-Con Law I: Structure of Gov’t 4    
  Law 298-Professional Responsibility
(may be taken in some other semester prior to graduation)
2    
  Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA
Elective Course List* or other Law School Courses
7    
  Semester Total 15    
Spring 3L Law 099-LRWA IV Legal Drafting 2    
  Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA
Elective Course List* &/or other Law School Courses
13    
  Semester Total 15    
Summer Post 3L Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA
Elective Course List* &/or other Law School Courses
6    
  JD Credits (Green) 72 MBA Credits (Blue) 33
  MBA Credits Applied 15 JD Credits Applied 15
  Total JD Credits 87 Total MBA Credits 48

* Approved JD/MBA Elective Course List:

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations
  • Comparative Antitrust
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Paper
  • Communications Law
  • Consumer Protection Law (formerly Unfair Trade Practices)
  • Corporate Acquisitions
  • Corporate Tax
  • Discrimination in Employment
  • Employment Law
  • Energy Law and the Environment
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Law
  • Income Tax
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor Law
  • Negotiation and Legal Settlement
  • Patent Law or Patent I & II
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Regulated Industries
  • Sales
  • Secured Finance
  • Securities Law & Regulation
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Unincorporated Business Entities

Additional Requirements

Scholarships, if offered, are by department, and scholarships will be applied at the time the student is enrolled in the classes of that department.

Students will pay the tuition of the department in whose classes they are enrolled at the time.

Students in the joint degree program will not receive a cumulative GPA, but instead will have two separate transcripts maintained by the separate departments. If a student decides at any point to abandon the joint degree program and pursue one degree or the other, the credit reduction will not remain and students will be expected to complete the entire credit load to receive the degree.