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Dual Degree Opportunities : Law

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Law School offer a dual degree that enables students to pursue concurrent work in Business Administration and Law, leading to the MBA and JD degrees.

The MBA/JD Dual Degree is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in four years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously. This combined degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the MBA or JD degrees. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply, and Fall start law students may apply in their second year as well.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

1) The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:
     45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
          • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses
            successfully waived; credit must be earned with Business electives);
          • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
          • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) The JD degree program (for students admitted to the Law School in May 2005 or later) must earn a minimum
     of 82 credits toward the JD, comprised of:  
     • At least 70 credits earned in regularly scheduled Law School courses.
     • Up to 12 hours in transferable electives from the Business School.)

  (Students admitted prior to May 2005 must earn a minimum of 80 credits toward the J.D., including:
     • At least 64 credits earned in regularly scheduled Law School courses.
     • A seminar, course in professional responsibility, transnational law, and an upper-class writing requirement.
     • Up to 12 hours in transferable electives from the Business School.)

The dual degree program may begin with studies in either school. Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year in the other school. In year four, the student will attend courses in both programs. Tuition will be assessed at either the Law School or Business School, whichever is higher, when courses toward both degrees are taken in one term. Students should see counselors in both programs to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either program may be counted toward the MBA or JD requirements of the dual degree program.

Applicants interested in the MBA/JD combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

Applicants must take the GMAT (GRE also accepted) for admission to Michigan's Ross School of Business and the LSAT for admission to the Law School.

For basic information about the Law and Business Administration (JD/MBA) program, please visit the Law School web site at: http://www.law.umich.edu/curriculum/dualdegrees/dualdegreesoffered/Documents/BusinessAdministration.pdf

Sample Plan

Year 1        
Fall Term Courses  Credits    Winter Term Courses  Credits 
Civil Procedure 4   Contracts 4
Criminal Law 4   Intro to Constitutional Law 4
Torts 4   Property 4
Legal Practice I 3   Legal Practice II 2
Total  15   Transnational Law * 2
      Total  16
      * = fulfills first year elective and transnational law requirements
Year 2      
Fall Term Courses  Credits    Winter Term Courses  Credits 
Accounting 502 2.25   Accounting 552 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25   Operations Management Science 552 2.25
STRATEGY 502 2.25   MAP – BA 553 7.5
OMS 502 or elective * 2.25   Business Elective 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25   Total  14.25
MO 503 or elective * 2.25      
BE 502 or elective * 2.25      
Total  15.75      
Year 3      
Fall Term Courses  Credits    Winter Term Courses  Credits 
Secured Transactions 3   Evidence 4
Finance and Development 2   Legal Ethics * 2
Enterprise Organization 3   Taxation of Indiv Income 4
Federal Antitrust 3   Advanced Contracts 2
Boundaries of the Market * 2   Business Electives 4.5
STRATEGY 503 1.5   Total  16.5
Business Elective 1.5   * = fulfills LAW professional responsibility requirement
Total  16      
* = seminars with footnote 4 fulfill LAW upper level writing requirement        
Year 4      
Fall Term Courses  Credits    Winter Term Courses  Credits 
Trusts and Estates I 3   Bankruptcy 4
Trademarks & Unfair Comp 3   Bus Plng for Pub Held Corps 3
Mergers & Acquisitions 3   Securities Regulation 3
Business Electives 4.5   Business Electives 3
Total  13.5   Total  13

NOTE: In addition to the 1L curriculum, LAW requirements also include Professional Responsibility/Ethics, Transnational Law, a Seminar, and an upper class writing requirement.