Today, lawyers are increasingly choosing careers in corporations and businesses. In addition, government regulation and ever growing international trade have generated a demand for individuals who possess both legal and business skills. Thus, it is not surprising that many law firms and businesses have become very interested in hiring students with both a JD and an MBA degree. Since 1989, Villanova students have recognized this trend and have enrolled in our joint JD/MBA program.
Pursuing both a law degree and an MBA makes sense. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, expertise in both arenas provides the knowledge and skills you need to unravel the complexities and tap the opportunities of the new world order. The integration of business and law in your education parallels the real world. An MBA helps you to understand the intricacies of business and enhances the practice of law; a JD helps you to understand the laws governing business, putting intellectual clout behind decisions and ventures.
Having both degrees sets you apart. You automatically become more marketable because the broad knowledge base gives you the option of pursuing a career in law, in business, or in both. And you'll have added flexibility for future career or job changes. Some of the many career options for which dual degrees are beneficial include: mergers and acquisitions attorney; in-house corporate counsel; entertainment and sports agent; insurance and securities underwriting; securities regulation; investment banking; venture capital formation; and corporate litigation.
Taking both degrees at Villanova University allows you to benefit from two superb programs in two distinct areas of the University-the Law School and the Villanova School of Business. An added bonus is the University's location in the heart of the beautiful Main Line, one of the most lovely and historic suburban areas in the United States. An additional bonus is Villanova's campus is only a 20-minute train ride from Center City, Philadelphia's legal, commercial and financial hub.
Most students take 3 years to complete the dual JD/MBA program. However, if necessary, students may graduate from law school even if they haven't completed all the requirements for the MBA program.
The Villanova University School of Law requires 88 credits to receive a JD degree. Beginning with the class of 2017, 91 credits are required to graduate. Plase consult the graduation requirements page for information regarding required courses.
It is important to note that some MBA course credits count toward fulfilling the requirements for the JD degree. You can choose up to 12 credits from a list of selected MBA courses which count toward the credit requirements for the JD degree.
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Most students complete degree requirements for both the JD and the MBA during the required three years of law school. Students may also obtain their JD prior to completing all the requirements for the MBA.
Because the first year of law school is academically rigorous, students in the joint program are not permitted to start taking MBA courses until the summer after their first year.
Students in the joint program pay tuition to the Law School for six semesters (three years). The law school provides a $2,000 subsidy during both the second and third year for students enrolled in our JD/MBA program and paying tuition (the subsidy doesn't apply to students who are on full scholarship). The discount is reflected in the law school spring tuition bill. Students pay tuition to the Business School for the M.B.A. courses on a per credit basis as courses are taken.
JD courses are offered in the daytime during fall and spring semesters. MBA courses are offered in the evening during fall, spring, and summer terms.
For more information about the joint program, contact Christine Mooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director, JD/MBA Program, by email or by telephone at (610) 519-7005.
To speak to someone about the MBA Program, contact Ann O'Connor, Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs, by email or by telephone at (610) 519-3123.