JD/MBA Dual Degree Program

USF's JD/MBA dual degree program prepares students for careers in the increasingly interdependent worlds of law and business. The four-year program saves time and tuition while setting you apart with the multidisciplinary expertise employers want.

This four-year program, offered jointly with the USF School of Management, is designed to provide law school graduates with an in-depth perspective of corporate business practices, and the business skills necessary to successfully manage law firms, larger businesses or non-profit organizations. With a strong emphasis on teamwork, the MBA program helps you to develop an entrepreneurial approach to solve a variety of managerial problems in both startup and corporate settings.

Undergraduate Studies at University of San Francisco School of Management

This dual degree provides a cost and time savings of up to 24 units compared to completing each degree separately. Up to 12 of the required 84 JD units are accepted as crossover courses from the MBA program and up to 12 of the required 56 MBA units are accepted as crossover courses from the JD program. Separate admission is required and each school applies its own standards and requirements for admission and continued participation. Students enrolled in the dual degree program complete the first two years of study exclusively at the law school, and spend the third year at the business school. The JD/MBA program is offered jointly with the USF School of Management.

Full-time JD students interested in the JD/MBA Program must complete Corporations as well as the required first-year and second-year JD curriculum and must be in good academic standing at the end of the spring semester of their second year to be eligible to participate in the concurrent degree program. Good standing requires both a semester GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.40.

After completing their second year at the law school, students then complete their third year exclusively in the full-time MBA cohort program. Part-time JD students who wish to enroll in the joint program must (1) convert to full-time status before the start of the second year, (2) complete six law units in the summer immediately following the first year, (3) complete the first and second year exclusively in the law school, and (4) complete the third year exclusively in the full-time MBA cohort program. MBA courses are offered in fall, spring and summer terms, and follow a cohort model for the required core courses.

The JD/MBA program is offered jointly with the USF School of Management.

JD MBA REQUIRED CURRICULUM

For the JD MBA concurrent degree, students who begin their law study Fall 2017 must earn at least 84 units of course credit, including 42 units in required core courses, plus additional program requirements, and 56 business units, including 28 units in required core courses.

Up to 12 of the required 84 JD units are accepted as crossover courses from the MBA program and up to 12 of the required 56 MBA units are accepted as crossover courses from the JD program.

First-Year Courses Law Units Business Units
Civil Procedure 4 Units -
Contracts 4 Units -
Criminal Law 3 Units -
Legal Research, Writing & Analysis 6 Units -
Property 4 Units -
Torts 4 Units -

 

Second-Year Courses Law Units Business Units
Constitutional Law 4 Units  
Corporations 4 Units  
Evidence 4 Units  
Required and Elective Courses (law program) 16 -20 Units  

 

Third-Year Courses Law Units Business Units
Leadership, Teams & Organizations - 4 Units
Financial & Managerial Accounting - 4 Units
Spreadsheets and Business Analytics - 4 Units
Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business - 4 Units
Marketing Management - 4 Units
Sustainable Supply Chain Management - 4 Units
Macroeconomic Business Conditions - 2 Units
Managerial Finance - 4 Units
Elective - 2 Units

 

Fourth-Year Courses Law Units Business Units
Legal Drafting * 2 Units -
Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility* 3 Units -
Required Courses (law program) Variable -
Strategic Management in the Global Environment - 4 Units
Upper Level Research & Writing Requirement 0 Units -
Electives Variable Variable

 *If not previously completed.

Additional Law Program Requirements

Bar Subjects: students must take a minimum of 15 units of bar subject courses, which may include Civil Procedure II, Community Property, Contracts II, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Property II, Remedies, Torts II and Wills & Trusts.
Experiential Learning: students must also take one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least 6 units. An experiential course may be a simulation course, law clinic or externship.