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 Accelerated Dual 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 - Economics for Lawyers 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 226 - Legislation & Statutory Intrp. 2    
  Semester Total 15    
Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA Restricted Electives &/or Unrestricted Electives 6      
Fall 2L Student may elect to take law courses during this semester while enrolled in MBA program.   Module 1  
      MBA 653 - Organizational Behavior 3
      MBA 633 - Statistics 3
      Module 2  
      MBA 638 - Operations Management 3
      MBA 603 - Managerial Economics 3
      BMGT 613 - Financial Reporting 3
      Semester Total 15
Spring 2L No law courses may be taken.   Module 3  
      MBA 623 - Marketing Management 3
      BMGT 612 - Managing Costs Through Performance Eval 3
      Module 4  
      MBA 643 - Managerial Finance 3
      MBA 662 - Management of IT 3
Summer Post 2L No law courses may be taken.   Module 5  
      MBA 678 - Strategic Management 3
      MBA 795/7xx - Global Selective 3
      Semester Total 18
Fall 3L LAW 098 - LRWA III - Appellate Writing 2    
  LAW 121 - Constitutional Law I 4    
  LAW 298 - Professional Responsibility (may be taken in another semester prior to graduation) 2    
  Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA Restricted Electives &/or Unrestricted Electives 7    
  Semester Total 15    
Spring 3L LAW 099 - LRWA IV - Legal Drafting 2    
  Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA Restricted Electives &/or Unrestricted Electives 13    
  Semester Total 15    
Summer Post 3L Combination of Courses from Approved JD/MBA Restricted Electives &/or Unrestricted Electives 6    
  JD Credits 72 MBA Credits 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
  • Advanced Antitrust Seminar
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust I
  • Antitrust II
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization Seminar
  • Business Associations
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Paper
  • Communications Law
  • Consumer Protection Law 
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Discrimination in Employment
  • Employment Law
  • Energy Law and the Environment
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA Law
  • Financial Theory
  • Global Antitrust Law Seminar
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Law
  • Income Tax
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Transactions
  • International Finance and Regulation
  • International Trade and Regulation
  • Labor Law
  • Negotiation and Legal Settlement
  • Partnership Tax
  • Patent Law or Patent I & II
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Regulated Industries
  • Sales
  • Secured Finance
  • Securities Law & Regulation
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark 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.