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JD/MBA

This cutting-edge program is offered only by a few law and business schools in the country, and provides the shortest time-to-both-degrees available, while still providing time during each program for internship and other professional preparation outside the classroom.

 

Overview

The University of Kentucky's College of Law and Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics offer you the opportunity to obtain the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in a dual degree program. Because both schools recognize that some aspects of business and law are compatible and interrelated, you can obtain both degrees in three years instead of the four and one-half to five years required if the degrees were pursued separately. As a result, you gain marketable skills and specialized employment opportunities, and you do so in less time and with a smaller financial investment.

The fundamental academic purpose of the dual degree program is that each program of study reinforces instruction and experience obtained in the other, so that it presents a unique opportunity for qualified students to pursue specialized, blended careers in law and management.

 

Program of Study

To earn the JD and MBA degrees under the dual degree program, you must receive a total of 71 credit hours of work in the College of Law, and either 27 or 38 credit hours of work in the College of Business and Economics, depending upon whether you enroll in the Accelerated or the Two-year Evening MBA program.

 

Dual Degree Program with Accelerated MBA

Year 1: 30 credit hours of required Law courses

Year 2: 35 credit hours of MBA courses and eight credit hours of Law courses as follows:
 

Number

Title

MBA hours

JD hours

Summer Term (Second Year)

DIS 651

Quantitative Analysis

3

 

ECO 610

Managerial Economics

3

 

MGT 697

Leadership, Communications and Ethics

3

 

MBA 630

Professional Development

1

 

Fall Term (Second Year)

MBA 640

Project Connect I

4

 

ACC 628

Managerial/Financial Accounting (1)

3

 

MGT 610

Global Management (1)

3

 

MKT 600

Marketing Management (1)

3

 

FIN 600

Corporate Financial Policy (2)

3

 

Spring Term (Second Year)

MGT 611

Managing Effective Organizations (2)

3

 

MGT 699

Business Policy and Strategy (Capstone) (2)

3

 

LAW 851

Business Associations

 

4

LAW 860

Taxation I

 

4

 

TOTAL

32

8

Spring Term (Third Year)

MGT 612 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (1)

3

 
  See options below**

3

 

 

TOTAL

38

 

 

*(1) and (2) denote first or second eight weeks respectively

**Students may choose one course from the following options:
MKT 601 Marketing Research
FIN 645 Corporate Investment and Financing Policy
DIS 612 Supply Chain
Or any of the Electives offered

Year 3: 6 hours of MBA courses (see chart) and 33 hours of College of Law courses, including:

    (1) the following courses required for graduation:

            LAW 835 Professional Responsibility

            Fulfillment of the Substantial Writing Requirement

            A Professional Skills course as designated by the College of Law.

    (2) at least two of the following courses:

            LAW 836  Law and Economics

            LAW 850  Legal Accounting

            LAW 855  Corporation Finance Law

            LAW 856  Business Planning (fulfills the professional skills requirement)

            LAW 926  International Business Transactions (fulfills the professional skills requirement).

    (3) all of the following courses:

            LAW 876  Trusts and Estates

            LAW 882  Secured Transactions

            LAW 890  Evidence

            LAW 920  Administrative Law.

 

Dual Degree Program with Two-Year (Evening) MBA

Year 1: 30 credit hours of required Law courses.

Year 2: 12 credit hours of required MBA courses, eight hours of required Law courses, and 12-13 additional hours of Law courses as follows:

 

Number

Title

MBA hours

JD hours

Fall Term

ACC 628

Financial/Managerial Accounting

3

 

ECO 610

Managerial Economics

3

 

Spring Term

FIN 600

Corporate Financial Policy

3

 

MGT 612

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

3

 

JD Program

LAW 851

Business Associations

 

4

LAW 860

Taxation I

 

4

LAW

Courses of the student's choice

 

12-13

 

TOTAL

12

20-21

 

Year 3: 15 credit hours of required MBA courses and 20-21 hours of Law courses, including:

    (1) the following courses required for graduation:

            MKT 600  Marketing Management

            MGT 610  Global Business Management

            MKT 611  New Product Development

            MGT 699  Business Policy and Strategy Capstone

            DIS 620  Management Information Systems in Decision Making

            or

            DIS 651  Quantitative Analysis

    (2) 20-21 hours of Law Courses

There are additional limitations on course selection in the College of Law upper division courses in both programs such as the Substantial Writing Requirement, Experiential Learning Requirements, and Professional Responsibility.

 

Admissions

If you are interested in the JD/MBA program, you must apply formally and independently to both programs and meet the admission standards of each; however, you should note on all application forms that admission is being sought for the JD/MBA dual degree program. The dual degree program is not suitable for part-time students. If you are currently enrolled in the JD program, you may be considered for admission to the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program. Your application for admission must be submitted to the College of Business and Economics by March 15.

 

Advising

The Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Business and Economics and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Law serve as an advising team for you, each in their respective schools.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the dual degree program is charged at a different rate not available at this time; please contact the College of Law Admissions Office for updated information.

 

Application Process

For the College of Business and Economics, you must meet all application requirements to the College and the Graduate School as specified on the MBA Admissions web page. The MBA Admissions Committee may elect to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for students accepted/enrolled at UK Law; however, all scholarships for the MBA program are awarded on the basis of GMAT/GRE test scores; therefore, to be considered for scholarships you must take the GMAT/GRE.

For the College of Law, you need to follow the admissions guidelines as set forth on this web site and in our admissions View Book.

 

Graduation Requirements

Grade Point Average

Grade point average for each program is calculated independently by each college.  Joint degree students are required to remain in compliance with the academic standards of each College.

 

Granting of JD/MBA Degrees

Upon satisfactory completion of all dual degree program requirements, you will be granted both the JD and MBA degrees.

 

Failure to Complete JD/MBA Requirements

If you are unable to complete the JD requirements, you will have the option of completing the standard MBA program requirements and receiving only the MBA degree. If you are unable to complete the MBA requirements, you may receive up to nine pass-fail credit hours toward the JD degree for your MBA coursework.