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JD/MBA Dual Degree Program

Applicants for the dual JD/MBA degree should apply separately for admission to both the Quinlan School of Business and to the School of Law, indicating their intent to pursue a dual degree. Alternatively, law school students with a 158 LSAT and who have completed their first year of law studies with a 3.0 GPA and are in good standing will be granted automatic admission to the MBA program upon application. Students work with an advisor in each school to plan their respective programs of study.

The dual-degree program in business and law enables the student to complete both degrees with six fewer courses than would be required if the degrees were pursued separately. Students completing the dual degree will earn an MBA with a specialization in business law as well as the JD degree.

In a growing global economy, the career paths of business and law professionals have become increasingly convergent. The role of an attorney in the day-to-day management of businesses has become vital, as the modern business professional needs immediate access to sound legal advice.

To succeed in the cross-section of these dynamic markets, a multi-faceted education is critical. A dual-degree program provides training that gives students the knowledge, skills and background they need to function in both law and business sectors.

Graduates from Loyola University Chicago's JD/MBA program can pursue careers in the legal and business professions, especially where those areas overlap. A dual degree is appropriate for students pursuing a career in banking, management, government regulations, consulting or corporate positions in legal, tax or accounting departments. There are endless opportunities for an individual with a dual degree in today's market.

ASPECTS & BENEFITS OF THE JD/MBA PROGRAM

APPLICATION & ADMISSION PROCEDURES

There are three primary ways to apply to the JD/MBA program. For each of the following options, students must apply and be accepted independently by both the School of Law and the Quinlan School of Business.

  1. Apply to the School of Law and the Quinlan School of Business at the same time: In this option, students must complete all components of the application process for both schools. If accepted to each school, students may then defer their admission to the Quinlan School of Business for up to one year in order to complete the first year of law school (students would need to consult with the School of Law in order to determine any possible deferral options for law school). 

  2. Enroll in the School of Law first: Once accepted by the School of Law, full-time law students must complete the first year of law school before taking any MBA courses. Full-time law students may then apply to the Quinlan School of Business in as early as their second semester of law school to begin MBA courses in as early as the Summer quarter following their first year of law school. Part-time law students should not begin MBA courses until after the completion of the Fall semester of their second year of law school, at the earliest. Students who possess an LSAT score of at least 158 and a cumulative law school GPA of at least 3.0 do not need to take the GMAT standardized exam as a component of the application. 

  3. Enroll in the Quinlan School of Business first: Once accepted by the Quinlan School of Business, students begin taking MBA courses. Students must then apply for admission to the School of Law. The School of Law admits new students only for the Fall semester. During the first year of law school, students should not take any MBA courses. Students may request a leave of absence of up to one year from the Quinlan School of Business after beginning the MBA in order to accommodate the first year of law school. Students must take the LSAT exam as a requirement of the School of Law admission process, regardless of their GMAT scores or GPA in the Quinlan School of Business.

CURRICULUM FOR THE JD/MBA PROGRAM

SAMPLE course sequence for a full-time student who is accepted to the School of Law and who is later accepted to the JD/MBA program during the first year of law school (this is the most common approach to the dual degree program) might include:

Year 1

  School of Law Quinlan School of Business
Fall Quarter/Semester 15 credits 
(# of actual courses may vary)
0
Winter Quarter 0 0
Spring Quarter/Semester 15 Credits 0
Summer Quarter/Semester 0 3 courses (9 credits

 

Year 2

  School of Law Quinlan School of Business
Fall Quarter/Semester 12 credits 1 course (3 credits)
Winter Quarter 0 0
Spring Quarter/Semester 12 credits 1 course (3 course)
Summer Quarter/Semester 0 0

 

Year 3

  School of Law Quinlan School of Business
Fall Quarter/Semester 12 credits 1 course (3 credits)
Winter Quarter 0 0
Spring Quarter/Semester 12 credits 1 course (3 credits)                       
Summer Quarter/Semester Graduation from School of Law
and Study for the Bar Exam
0

 

Year 4 

  School of Law Quinlan School of Business
Finish remaining MBA coursework
(based on the above sample schedule 
and any applicable initial course 
waivers, there should be around 
4 to 8 courses remaining in order 
to complete the MBA degree from 
this point forward)
 
Fall Quarter/Semester 0 If 8 Courses Left: 3 courses (9 credits)
If 4 Courses Left: 2 courses (6 credits)
Winter Quarter 0 If 8 Courses Left: 3 courses (9 credits)
If 4 Courses Left: 2 courses (6 credits)
Spring Quarter/Semester 0 If 8 Courses Left: 2 courses (6 credits)
If 4 Courses Left: 0
Summer Quarter/Semester 0 0

 

 For more information about the program from the perspective of the School of Law, please visit the JD/MBA degree page on the School of Law website.

To learn more about the JD/MBA dual degree program, you may contact:

For additional information from the School of Law about this program, please visit the JD/MBA degree page on the School of Law Website.

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