MBA/Juris Doctor

The University of San Diego offers a concurrent degree program with the School of Law and the School of Business Administration.  Students may earn JD and MBA degrees, or JD and IMBA degrees, concurrently.  Students who are interested in pursuing concurrent degrees must apply to and be accepted by both schools. 

It will take approximately four years to finish the JD and MBA degrees.  Six units from each program can cross over and count towards the other degree.  Please consult with both your JD and MBA academic advisors for information on how to apply these units as each school has its own process.

Students typically spend their first year at the School of Law, then their second year in the School of Business Administration.  The third and fourth years are spent taking classes at both schools. 

As long as you are in pursuit of your JD degree, you will be billed the law school tuition rate and your financial aid will be processed by the School of Law Financial Aid Office.  Only scholarship funds awarded by the MBA program will be available in your MBA-only year.  There are other important financial aid implications for concurrent degree students.  For more information, please contact the School of Law Financial Aid Office, located in Warren Hall Room 203.  They can also be reached at lawaid@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4570.

Irene Condella
Director for Law Student Affairs
Warren Hall, Room 218
icondella@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4840

Laurie Sanderson
Admissions and Academic Advisor, MBA Programs
Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room 221A
lsanderson@sandiego.edu
619) 260-7438

Six units from each program can cross over and count towards the other degree (for a total of 12 units): six of the units you take for the MBA will count towards your JD degree, and six of the units you take for the JD will count towards your MBA degree. 

For six MBA units to count towards your JD degree, you must be enrolled in the JD program when you take the MBA courses and turn in the Permission to take Non-Law Courses at USD form before you graduate.  Please see the Office for Law Student Affairs for more information on this process. 

For six JD units to count towards your MBA degree, you must request a credit transfer when you file your Petition to Graduate.

For both programs, you must receive a letter grade of B or higher to transfer the credits.

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First Year

All classes at the School of Law. First year law classes are set for you.

Civil Procedure I

Criminal Law

Torts

Legal Writing & Research I

                                         13 units

Civil Procedure II

Contracts

Property

Constitutional Law I

Legal Writing & Research II

16 units

Summer

Legal internship/clerkship/job

Summer school at the School of Law

Second Year

All classes at the School of Business Administration.

MBA Core Courses

17 units

January intersession         2-5 units

MBA Core Courses

14 units

(If possible, take more than 14 units)

Summer

Business internship

Summer school at the School of Law or School of Business Administration

Third Year

Hybrid year with classes at both the School of Law and School of Business Administration.

MBA Consulting Practicum

(not required for the MBA International Track)

JD or MBA Elective

JD or MBA Elective

16 units maximum

JD or MBA Elective

JD or MBA Elective

JD or MBA Elective

16 units maximum

Summer

Depending on your career goals, you can have either a legal or business related job.  Consult with the Office of Career & Professional Development to discuss job opportunities.

Fourth Year

Hybrid year with classes at both the School of Law and School of Business Administration.

Strategic Execution (MBA)

JD or MBA Elective

JD or MBA Elective

16 units maximum

JD Elective

JD Elective

JD Elective

16 units maximum

For Bar exam purposes, it is recommended that you end with a JD-only semester.

Summer

Study for and take the Bar Exam to become a licensed attorney. Please meet with the Office for Law Student Affairs to talk about your Bar prep plan.