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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, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Financial Management and Strategic Management.

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

Admissions Process

Students may apply at any point during their first or second year in the JD program. The Lebow College of Business will request the student's law admissions materials for review, so the student need not to re-order these materials or request them. An interview may also be required.

Lebow requires that applicants provide the following application materials during their second year in the JD program:

  • Online application
  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation from a Kline School of Law professor or advisor
  • Official GMAT/GRE scores
    *While the GMAT and GRE is required, applicants may request a waiver based on their academic performance, quantitative skills and/or professional experience and certifications.

Please contact Kate Sonstein at katesonstein@drexel.edu with questions about the MBA application requirements, including the GMAT/GRE waiver consideration.

Curriculum

Students spend their first year full-time in Law. They leave the law school for one academic year to pursue the MBA full-time, and this “leave” can occur after their first or second year of Law. 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.

Requirements and Plan of Study

Financial Awards

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.

Conditions

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.