What is the difference between the three- and four-year JD/MBA tracks?
The three-year JD/MBA track permits a student to complete both degrees in three years-academic years while the traditional four-year JD/MBA track requires four academic years. To complete both degrees in three years, the curriculum is more structured and requires a relatively heavy credit-hour load in the later semesters of the three-year track, and that students take 6 units of courses in the summer, which can generally be taken in evenings to avoid conflict with summer employment. At the end of both tracks, graduates earn two full degrees: a JD and an MBA.
Who should pursue the three-year JD/MBA?
The three-year JD/MBA is primarily geared toward individuals with a clearer understanding of their career goals. The shorter length of the three-year track works well for those who are leaving full-time employment to complete the JD/MBA, as absence from the workforce is shortened by one year and income loss is minimized.
Who should pursue the four-year JD/MBA?
If you're interested in practicing law that involves business clients, working in a corporate law department, or have future entrepreneurial interests, the four-year track may be a good option for you. The four-year track is better suited to those with minimal to no post-college work experience and allows students the opportunity to explore careers in business and/or law.
What are the prerequisites for admission to the program?
Neither Arizona Law nor Eller requires specific undergraduate majors or undergraduate coursework as prerequisites for admission. Review the admission criteria for Arizona Law and Eller.
Do I need to apply to each school separately?
Yes. On each application you must indicate that you wish to be considered for the JD/MBA program. It is possible for applicants to be admitted to one school and not the other.
If I have already applied to one of the schools, what should I do?
You should simply apply to the other school, and inform both schools that you wish to be considered for the JD/MBA program.
Must I pay the application fee to both? Are the fees able to be waived?
You must pay each school’s application fee. Arizona Law will waive the application fee in certain circumstances, including financial need. Students seeking a fee waiver should contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 621-3477 and ask for a Fee Waiver Application.
Do I have to take the LSAT and GMAT? When are the tests available and how do I register for them?
Having both an LSAT score and GMAT score is preferred. Either (but not both) can be waived in particular circumstances. Please talk with the admissions representative regarding your situation. Dates of administration and registration information for each are available at their respective websites: www.lsat.org and www.mba.com.
What is the application deadline? Does it matter which deadline I choose?
Arizona Law offers admission on a rolling basis; therefore, earlier application submission is preferred. The MBA Program offers multiple deadlines each year. If you are interested in the three-year track, we recommend submitting your application to each school as soon as possible. You may also apply for admission to the JD/MBA program during your first year of law school.
Can I apply as a current 2L?
Current 2L students are eligible for consideration to the four-year JD/MBA track. Because the condensed curricular structure and timeline of the three-year track requires students to spend the entire second year of study taking business courses at Eller, current 2L students are not be able to complete the dual degree program within the three-year timeline.
How can I arrange a visit to the two schools? Can I attend a class? Can I correspond with current students of the two schools? What other activities can be arranged during my visit?
You are able to visit classes, speak to students, tour our facilities, and interview. Please contact the respective admissions offices:
Are law and business classes held in the same building or, if not, are the buildings in close proximity?
The law and business buildings are adjacent, within a minute walking distance of each other.
Will I be able to take the courses that are typically covered on bar exams?
Yes. The exact courses you are able to take, however, will depend on each semester's schedule of classes.
Are JD/MBA students required to participate in a clinic?
JD/MBA students are not required to participate, but often take part in a clinical opportunity.
Can I still participate in a law journal and/or moot court program within the law school?
These opportunities are available to students on both the three-year and four-year tracks, but three-year JD/MBA students may find that the accelerated three-year schedule limits the amount of time available to participate in these activities.
Will I be eligible for honors?
In our JD/MBA program all courses for credit must be taken at either Arizona Law or Eller. You are eligible to graduate with honors at both Arizona Law and Eller; the grades used to determine honors will be only those for classes taken at the school granting the honors (cross-listed courses count in a student’s grade point average at both Arizona Law and Eller).
As I near completion of the program, can I pursue jobs in both business and law?
Yes. You will have both a law and a business degree. However, to practice law you will also need to take and pass the bar examination of the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice law.
What assistance will I receive in finding a job? A job in the legal profession? A job in the business sector?
The career services offices of each school offer a full range of job search services. Furthermore, student groups actively network with alumni and potential employers, and both schools host multiple on-campus recruiting events.
In what geographical areas are graduates of the schools employed?
Arizona Law and Eller place their graduates all over the United States. Employment statistics are available on our websites: Arizona Law Career Development Office and Eller Career Management.