Joint Degrees: Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

The joint JD/MBA is an accelerated JD and MBA program that allows students to simultaneously pursue a law degree and master's degree in business administration. Students are allowed to count twelve credits from either program to expedite completion of the other. To begin the program, students must first be admitted to the Law School and successfully complete the first year of the JD program. This program is ideal for full-time students with interests in both fields who have the time to devote to this expanded program.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Students interested in the program should first apply to the School of Law. After successfully completing the first semester of law school, students interested in the joint program can apply to the Ageno School of Business. Students' LSAT scores will be accepted in lieu of the GMAT and Writing Proficiency Requirement in order to gain admission to the MBA program. All the other admission requirements of our traditional MBA program apply. The MBA program admission decision will normally be made after students' second semester law school grades have been recorded on their transcripts.

The JD/MBA program is built on the curriculum of our traditional MBA program: students complete the same foundation and advanced program courses. However, students earn their concentrations in Law by applying 12 units of their GGU Law classes toward the concentration requirement. However, these twelve units are not included in students' MBA program GPA calculations. Additionally, twelve units from the MBA program are used to satisfy the elective requirement of students' JD programs. LIkewise, these courses are not included in students' JD program GPA calculations. In all, the program allows students to complete both the JD and MBA degrees in as little as 121 units, compared to 133 units if pursued separately. The total number of business units may be higher for students who have not already completed the 9-unit MBA foundation program courses at an accredited undergraduate college or university (with grades of "B-" or better).


TUITION

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CURRICULUM

Entering students matriculate in August each year.

See the JD Student Recommended Schedule for more curriculum information.

FIRST SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 15 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure I (3)
  • Contracts I (3)
  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Torts (4)
  • Writing & Research I (2)

SECOND SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 15 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure II (3)
  • Contracts II (3)
  • Property (4)
  • Writing & Research II (3)
  • 1L Elective (2)

SECOND YEAR REQUIRED COURSES

  • Appellate Advocacy (2) [may be enrolled in fall or spring]
  • Constitutional Law I (3) [must be enrolled in fall]
  • Constitutional Law II (3) [must be enrolled in spring]
  • Minimum of 12 required course units during second year; total of 12-16 units per semester

ADDITIONAL UPPER DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS

  • Criminal Procedure I (3)
  • Evidence (4) [recommended for fall of second year]
  • Professional Responsibility (2)

CALIFORNIA BAR SUBJECT COURSES -- 8 UNITS (REQUIRED)

  • Business Associations (4)
  • Community Property (2)
  • Privacy, Defamation, and Relational Torts (2)
  • Real Estate Transactions (2)
  • Remedies (3)
  • Sales (2)
  • Wills & Trusts (4)

UPPER DIVISION WRITING COURSES -- 2 UNITS (REQUIRED)

  • eSearch: Advanced Legal Research (2)
  • Advanced Legal Writing (1)
  • California Legal Research (2)
  • Environmental Law Journal (3)
  • Independent Study (1-2)
  • Intermediate Legal Writing (1)
  • Law Review (6-8)
  • Practical Legal Writing (2)
  • Special Problems (all sections) (2)
  • Strategies of Legal Writing (2)4
  • Additional courses with a significant writing component, as identified in course schedule (2-3)

UPPER DIVISION EXPERIENTIAL COURSES -- 3 UNITS (REQUIRED FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic (1-3)
  • Externship Clinic (GGU offers 10 externship clinic courses.) (2-13)
  • Family Law Practice (3)
  • HLP Lawyering Skills (2)
  • HLP Skills Lab (2)
  • Mediation and Collaborative Lawyering (2)
  • Pro Bono Tax Clinic (1-2)
  • Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Womens Employment Rights Clinic (1-3)