JD/MBA (Business)

The objective of this program is to combine into four years of study the three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the two-year MBA program offered by the School of Business. This program is designed to offer the student an opportunity to train in the convergent fields of law and business management, particularly those intending to engage in corporate law practice, or to enter business using law training as background.

Given the symbiotic relationship between business and law, it is not surprising to find individuals with legal backgrounds in many top business positions. Responsible corporate managers can rarely make any significant business decisions without awareness of the possible legal implications. Conversely, lawyers who advise corporate management must have an awareness of the business implications of their legal advice. There is always strong demand for those with the skills and understanding of the interwoven aspects of both business and law.

If you are a prospective law student, contact the KU Law Office of Admissions, 785-864-4378, admitlaw@ku.edu; or Dee Steinle, business school, 785-864-3844, dsteinle@ku.edu.

If you are a current KU student, contact Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, law school, 785-864-1139, elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu; or Dee Steinle, business school, 785-864-3844, dsteinle@ku.edu.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the combined JD/MBA program, a student must meet the requirements and be accepted into both the School of Law and the School of Business prior to entering the joint program. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are required for all applicants to the JD/MBA program. Students new to both programs must complete the first year of the Law School curriculum before entering into the MBA curriculum. A current Law School student must declare the intention of entering into the joint program prior to completing two full semesters in the J.D. curriculum. The academic committee may grant exceptions to this requirement in individual cases. A current MBA student must enter the joint program prior to completing two full semesters in the MBA curriculum. Such student will not receive Law School credit for business courses taken before commencing classes in the Law School.

Diplomas will be awarded concurrently by each school following the completion of requirements for the joint degree program.

The joint JD/MBA program is open to those who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and whose undergraduate academic record indicates that the applicant has the capacity to complete the law and business program. All students in the combined program must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate coursework in business. The School of Business follows the Graduate School regulation in requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for all coursework counted toward a master's degree. The School of Law requires a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all coursework counted toward the J.D. degree.

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours Required: For JD For MBA
Law courses required of all JD candidates 37-38 0
Law courses required of all joint degree candidates 21 12
Business courses required of joint degree candidates 14 40
Elective courses 17-18 -
Minimum Credit Hours Required 90 52

J.D. Requirements
All candidates for the J.D. must complete the following required courses:

First Year
Law 804 Civil Procedure (4)
Law 806 Intro. to Constitutional Law (4)
Law 809 Contracts (4)
Law 814 Criminal Law (4)
Law 820 Lawyering Skills I (2)
Law 821 Lawyering Skills II (3)
Law 826 Property (4)
Law 831 Torts I (4)
Upper Class
Law 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (3)
Law 874 Commercial Law: Payment Systems (3)
Law 908 Evidence (3)
Law 972 Professional Responsibility (2)

In addition to all JD/MBA program course requirements, students must satisfy the upper-class writing requirement and the Professional Skills Requirement in the School of Law. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

Law Courses Required of All Joint Degree Candidates
Federal Income Taxation (3)
Taxation of Business Enterprises (3)
Business Associations I (3)
Business Associations II (3)
Commercial Law: Payment Systems (3)
Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (3)
And Two of the Following Courses
Administrative Law (3)
Advanced International Trade Law (3)
Agriculture Law (1-3)
Antitrust Law (3)
Bankruptcy (3)
Business Planning Seminar (3)
Capital Raising by Privately Held Business Firms (3)
Commercial Arbitration (3)
Copyright Law & Digital Works (3)
Employment Discrimination Law (3)
Employment Law (3)
Environmental Law Survey (3)
Estate Planning: Principles (3)
Estate Planning: Practice (3)
Federal Tax Procedure (2-3)
Government Control of Land Development (2-3)
Insurance (3)
Intellectual Property (3-4)
International Commerce and Investment (3)
International Economic Law and Development (3)
International Trade Law (3)
Labor Law (3-4)
Land Transactions (2)
Product Liability (3)
Regulation of Toxic Substances & Hazardous Waste (2-3)
Securities Regulation (3)
Taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions (3)
For a Total of at Least: 21 Credits

MBA Requirements

Semester 1
DSCI 810 Statistics and Decision Tools (3)
MGMT 810 Managing People (3)
ACCT 810 Accounting and Financial Management (4)
MKTG 810 Marketing Management (3)
BE 810 Managerial Economics (3)
BUS 810 Enrichment Activity (1)
Total credits: 17
Semester 2
FIN 820 Macroeconomics and Financial Markets (3)
SCM 820 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3)
IBUS 820 International Business (3)
MGMT 820 Business Law and Ethics (3)
MSCM 820 Marketing Intelligence (3) or FIN 820 Business Investment and Valuation (3)
BUS 810 Enrichment Activity (1)
Total credits: 16
BUS 825 MBA Internship (1)
Total credits: 1
Semester 3
Global Strategic Management (3)
Consulting or New Venture Practicum (3)
Total credits: 6

Typical Program Format

  Law School Business School Total
First Year 29 0 29
Second Year 0 34 34
Third Year 24* 6 30
Fourth Year 23 0 23
Total Credit Earned 76 40 116
Law Credit Allowed - 12 12
Business Credit Allowed 14 - 14
Total Credit Allowed - - 26
Total Credit Required 90 52 142

*Must include Professional Responsibility.




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