JD-Master of Business Administration Program
Increasingly, clients expect attorneys to understand the fundamental issues in business and finance. At the same time, successful entrepreneurs and executives need a sophisticated understanding of the law.
Our JD-MBA Program prepares students for leadership roles as business executives, investors, transactional attorneys or litigators. Students take courses at the law school and Drexel's LeBow College of Business and earn degrees from both. The faculty features nationally recognized experts in securities law, corporate law, transactional lawyering, entrepreneurship, innovation management and more.
The MBA plan of study complements the law school’s business law course offerings, which include Business Organizations, Transactional Lawyering and Securities Regulation, by giving a strong foundation in general business and entrepreneurship coursework, including Managerial Economics, Leading in Dynamic Environments, Corporate Financial Management and Strategy Analysis.
Students benefit from access to both schools’ career strategies offices, which offer personalized attention as well as varied opportunities to gain hands-on experience and network with some of Philadelphia’s most notable movers and shakers. Students can gain firsthand experience working with entrepreneurs, venture capital and private equity firms, international businesses, securities, corporate litigation and global trade.
Length of the Program
3.5 - 4 years
Students may apply at any point during their first or second year in the JD program. To begin the admission process, students should meet with their JD academic advisor and express their interest in the dual degree program. They will then be referred to the LeBow Graduate Student Services team to continue the admissions process and be provided a dual degree application. Application materials include:
- Dual degree application
- Professional résumé
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation from a Kline School of Law professor or advisor
- Sent by recommender in a PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org
- LSAT scores and transcripts will be collected from the Kline School of Law
- The admissions committee retains the right to request an interview, a quantitative assessment, GMAT or GRE scores, or additional materials if deemed necessary
Students spend their first year or two years full-time in Law, then leave the law school for one academic year to pursue the MBA full-time, after which they return to the law school to complete remaining credits. The programs share credits such that students must complete a minimum of 79 Law credits (rather than 85) and a minimum of 41 Business credits (rather than 49). Students must complete all specific course requirements in both programs, as well as the 50 pro bono hours required for the JD. Students are not permitted to take Summer quarter courses in Business due to academic calendar regulations.
MBA REQUIREMENTS AND PLAN OF STUDY
The LeBow College of Business does offer scholarship aid to JD/MBA students. This is awarded separately from any Law scholarship. Tuition and fee rates can be found here.
A 2.5 minimum cumulative law GPA is required for acceptance to the MBA as part of this program. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in LeBow College of Business, with no course grade below a “B”, to remain in good standing and complete the program. For the 4 semester credits (6 quarter credits) in Law that the LeBow College of Business will accept toward the MBA, the student must earn a minimum grade of “B”. Students must maintain a 2.20 cumulative GPA in the Kline School of Law to remain in good standing and complete the program.