The JD and MBA degrees are complementary. Lawyers provide legal services that require an understanding of business principles, and moreover, need business skills to start and manage law practices. UC Hastings offers a rich array of business courses to all JD candidates as part of the regular law school curriculum. However, some students may wish to obtain an MBA in addition to the JD. This page provides information regarding opportunities for students to concurrently earn the two degrees in less time than it would take to do so sequentially.
UC Hastings has formal concurrent degree agreements with three business schools: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Presidio Graduate School. Students who independently gain admission to any one of these schools either at the same time that they are admitted to UC Hastings or during their 1L or 2L years may be eligible to earn the JD and MBA concurrently, subject to UC Hastings’ regulations summarized below. In addition, students can create their own concurrent degree programs with business schools other than Haas, UC Davis GSM or Presidio, by obtaining the approval of Associate Academic Dean Heather Field; if a student-designed program is approved by Dean Field and is designated as a concurrent degree program for that student, then the student can transfer up to 12 pre-approved units from the business school as counting toward the JD.
Prospective and current students who know they would like to concurrently obtain their JD and MBA degrees should contact Professor Morris A. Ratner, who coordinates JD/MBA programming, by emailing him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
UC Hastings has had a concurrent degree arrangement with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (“Haas”) since 1976. Pursuant to this arrangement, eligible students can earn a JD from UC Hastings and an MBA from Haas in just four years, rather than the five years it would normally take to earn the two degrees sequentially.
Summary of the Program
The JD degree program at UC Hastings is normally a six-semester (three-year) program. The MBA degree program at Haas is normally a four-semester (two-year) degree program. Students earning the two degrees concurrently may earn the JD from UC Hastings in five semesters and the MBA from Haas in three semesters, reducing the overall time needed to obtain both degrees by one year’s worth of credits. For UC Hastings students, the reduction in the number of units required to obtain the JD results from the recognition of specific, pre-approved classes taken at Haas as counting toward the JD, up to a maximum of 12 units.
To concurrently obtain a JD from UC Hastings and an MBA from Haas, students must be accepted to each institution under its separate admissions procedures. For information regarding Haas admissions, click here. Applications may be made to UC Hastings and to Haas at the same time, or after being admitted to either one of the two institutions. To be eligible to participate in the concurrent degree arrangement with Haas, current UC Hastings students must be admitted to Haas by no later than the end of their 2L year. To earn both degrees concurrently, students must complete 117 units total, 43 in business and 74 in law, which equates to five semesters at UC Hastings and three semesters at Haas. Additional requirements applicable to all JD/MBA concurrent degree programs are summarized below.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management
UC Hastings is pleased to announce a new arrangement with UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) commencing with the 2015-2016 academic year pursuant to which students earning degrees at both institutions concurrently may earn them in as few as four years.
Summary of the Program
The JD degree program at UC Hastings is normally a six-semester (three-year) program. The MBA degree program at GSM is normally a six-quarter, two-year program. Students earning the two degrees concurrently may earn the JD from UC Hastings in five semesters and the MBA from GSM in five quarters, reducing the overall time needed to obtain both degrees by roughly one calendar year. To allow students to earn the two degrees in as few as four years, the two schools accept some of each other's credits for the degree requirements, subject to each institution’s separate policies with regards to the acceptance of credits taken at another educational institution. The respective Deans (including Associate Academic Dean Heather Field) determine which courses will be credited toward both degrees. An illustrative sample schedule may be found here.
To concurrently obtain a JD from UC Hastings and an MBA from the UC Davis GSM, students must be accepted to each institution under its separate admissions procedures. For information regarding GSM admissions, click here. Applications may be made to each institution at the same time, or after a student is admitted to either one of the two institutions. To be eligible to participate in the concurrent degree arrangement with GSM, current UC Hastings students must be admitted to GSM by no later than the end of their 2L year. Additional requirements applicable to all JD/MBA concurrent degree programs are summarized below.
Presidio Graduate School
UC Hastings and Presidio Graduate School (“Presidio”) have also charted a path for students interested in concurrently earning JD and MBA degrees.
Summary of the Program
Presidio is a relatively new MBA program that emphasizes sustainability and online learning. Earning the UC Hastings JD and the Presidio MBA concurrently takes less time and costs less than it would to earn the two degrees serially. The savings is accomplished by each school recognizing courses taken at the other as counting toward the degree it confers. However, the UC Hastings/Presidio timeline differs from the timelines contemplated in the Haas and UC Davis GSM arrangements. For a sample UC Hastings/Presidio concurrent degree timeline and other helpful information, see Exhibits A-D, available here.
To concurrently obtain a JD from UC Hastings and an MBA from Presidio, students must be accepted to each institution under its separate admissions procedures. To be eligible to participate in the concurrent degree arrangement with Presidio, current UC Hastings students should ideally apply to Presidio during their 1L year. Additional requirements applicable to all JD/MBA concurrent degree programs are summarized below.
Additional Requirements Applicable to All Concurrent Degree Arrangements
Students concurrently pursuing JD and MBA degrees must meet each degree-conferring institution’s separate requirements for continued enrollment and for a degree. Each student is individually responsible for meeting those requirements, including by obtaining the necessary pre-approvals for credit transfers. In addition, once accepted, to be eligible to continue with the concurrent degree arrangement, UC Hastings students must successfully complete the 1L curriculum with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, complete the Request for Approval Form from the Records Office, and receive approval of a study plan from the Associate Academic Dean. Only credits from an MBA program that are pre-approved pursuant to this process may be applied toward the JD, and, then, only if the UC Hastings student successfully completes the degree requirements of the institution conferring the MBA.
Concurrent degree candidates typically carry a higher-than-usual credit load. In addition, a student’s ability to sit for the bar exam may be delayed until both the JD and the MBA are earned. Finally, students concurrently enrolled in multiple degree programs must be cognizant of requirements that students earn the JD in a maximum of eight semesters and five years.
Opportunities to Earn Course Credit at Business Schools Other than Haas and Presidio
Even in the absence of a concurrent degree arrangement, and pursuant to UC Hastings’ Academic Regulations, students may apply up to six credits earned at a business school toward the JD degree, if specified conditions are met. Please see Academic Regulations and Other Rules Applicable to Students (2013-2014) (“Academic Regulations”), Section VII (“Credit for Work at Other Schools”), including Regulation 2213. This means that students may be able to obtain credit for some business school course work, even if the course is taken at a business school other than Haas or Presidio, and even if the coursework is not taken as a student-created concurrent degree program.
After the JD: Obtaining a Business Degree
After graduation, students may independently obtain additional advanced degrees from business schools, including business schools with which UC Hastings maintains informal relationships to facilitate admission of our current students or alumni. UC Hastings has fostered and continues to foster informal relationships with domestic and international business schools that may be attractive to UC Hastings alumni. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Professor Ratner at email@example.com.