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Dual Degree: Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

The dual Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor (MBA and JD) program is designed for those who seek career and business leadership opportunities in a variety of legal and business fields. The program will provide students with a thorough grounding in both management and law. The education prepares students to address the many legal and business issues that they will face in their roles within legal practice, public governance, consulting, investment banking, entrepreneurship, venture capital and other careers. The dual degree program requires that the student apply to and satisfy the degree requirements of both programs. The program requires the completion of 113 credit hours.

Learning Objectives

Master of Business Administration

  • Recognize and evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory dimensions of business decisions.
  • Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in writing.
  • Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in oral presentation.
  • Work effectively in a team oriented environment.
  • Apply business concepts to managerial decision-making within a global or domestic setting.

Juris Doctor

  1. Problem Solving – identifying and diagnosing a problem, generating alternative solutions and strategies, developing a plan of action, implementing the plan, and keeping the planning process open to new information and ideas
  2. Legal Analysis and Reasoning – identifying legal issues, formulating legal theories, elaborating and enhancing the theories, and evaluating and criticizing the theories
  3. Legal Research – working knowledge of the nature of legal rules and legal institutions, the fundamental tools of legal research, and the process of devising and implementing a coherent and effective research design
  4. Factual Investigation – familiarity with the skills, concepts, and processes involved in determining whether factual investigation is needed, planning an investigation, implementing an investigative strategy, organizing information in an accessible form, deciding whether to conclude the investigation, and evaluating the information that has been gathered
  5. Communication – communication designed to advocate or persuade; to advise or inform; to elicit information; and to establish legal obligations or effectuate legal transactions
  6. Counseling – familiarity with the skills, concepts, and processes involved in establishing a proper counseling relationship with a client, gathering information relevant to the decision to be made by the client, analyzing the decision to be made by the client, counseling the client about the decision, and implementing the client’s decision
  7. Negotiation – familiarity with the skills, concepts, and processes involved in preparing for a negotiation, conducting a negotiation, counseling a client about the terms obtained from the other side in a negotiation, and implementing the client’s decision
  8. Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures - understanding of the potential functions and consequences of these courses of action in relation to the client’s situation and objectives; working knowledge of the fundamentals of trial-court litigation, appellate litigation, advocacy in administrative and executive forums, and alternative dispute resolution
  9. Organization and Management of Legal Work – familiarity with the skills, concepts, and processes required for efficient management, including appropriate allocation of time, effort and resources; timely performance and completion of work; cooperation among co-workers; and orderly administration of the office
  10. Recognizing and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas – familiarity with the skills, concepts, and processes necessary to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas
  11. Recognize and evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory dimensions of business decisions.
  12. Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in writing.
  13. Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in oral presentation.
  14. Work effectively in a team oriented environment.
  15. Apply business concepts to managerial decision-making within a global or domestic setting.