The Haslam College of Business and the College of Law offer a coordinated dual program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and the Master of Business Administration. The dual program saves you approximately 15 hours (one semester) over the time required to earn both degrees independently.
The establishment of the dual program recognizes the increasingly complex body of knowledge necessary to the creative conduct of business and business-related law practice, the complementary nature of many aspects of the graduate programs of the College of Law and the Haslam College of Business, and the intellectual benefits inherent in the concurrent study of both business and business-related law. This specialized program is designed to accommodate your career interests if you (a) contemplate a career in public service and want to acquire the skills and perspective of the lawyer and the business-oriented manager, (b) contemplate a career in business management and want to acquire the skills and perspective of a lawyer, or (c) contemplate a career as a lawyer specializing in business-related law and want to acquire the skills and perspective of the business-oriented manager.
Applicants for the J.D.-MBA program must make separate application to, and be competitively and independently accepted by, the College of Law for the J.D., The Graduate School and Haslam College of Business for the MBA degree, and by the Dual Program Committee.
Once you are accepted by both colleges, you may apply for approval to pursue the dual program anytime prior to, or after, matriculation in either or both colleges. Such approval is granted, provided that dual program studies are started prior to entry into the last 28 semester hours of J.D. coursework and prior to the third semester of the MBA program. If you are interested in applying for the dual degree program, please indicate your interest via the dual degree designation on the program application.
As a dual degree candidate, you must satisfy the graduation requirements of each college. If you withdraw from the dual program before completion of both degrees, you will not receive credit toward graduation from either college for courses in the other college, except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual program.
The College of Law awards up to 9 semester hours of credit toward the J.D. for acceptable performance in approved graduate-level courses offered by the Haslam College of Business. The Haslam College of Business awards up to 6 semester hours of credit toward the MBA for acceptable performance in approved courses offered in the College of Law. The approval of courses is the responsibility of the Dual Program Committee and your assigned advisor.
You may begin your studies in either the J.D. or the MBA program, but may not enroll in MBA coursework while completing the first year of the law curriculum and may not enroll in J.D. coursework while completing the first year of the business curriculum. During the first year in the J.D. program, you register through the College of Law. During the first year in the MBA program, you register as a graduate student. After the first two years, any term in which you take law courses or a mixture of law and graduate courses, you are classified and registered as a law student. If taking only graduate courses, you are classified and register as a graduate student.
MBA courses in which you have earned a B grade or higher and are to be counted toward the J.D. program must include 9 semester hours approved by the College of Law. The 6 hours of law courses in which you have earned a 2.3 or C+ grade or higher and are to be counted toward the MBA must be selected from those approved by the MBA Program. More
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