The College of Law and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business offer a joint degree program that allows students simultaneously to pursue advanced course work in Law and Public Accountancy (the "JD/MPA Program"). Full-time students are able to satisfy all requirements for both a Juris Doctorate and a Master's of Professional Accountancy (MPA) in as little as four years, or eight semesters, as opposed to the five years, or ten semesters, that would be required if the two degrees were pursued separately. For the MPA, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business requires all candidates to complete 24 credit hours of general business coursework. Students without an undergraduate degree in accounting must also complete two introductory accounting courses (Acct 2101 and Acct 2102, or MBA 8025 and MBA 8115) and 21 semester hours of undergraduate (4000 level) accounting courses. Additionally, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business requires students to complete 30 credit hours of 8000-level courses: a three-credit hour strategic communications course, 21 credit hours of required accounting and tax courses, and six credit hours of accounting and tax electives.
The College of Law requires all JD candidates to complete 90 credit hours of law courses (43 of which are required courses and 47 of which are elective courses). Students enrolled in the Joint JD/MPA Program are permitted to apply 24 credit hours of law courses toward the required 24 credit hours of general business coursework. In addition, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business will allow 12 semester hours of law courses to be credited toward the 30 credit hours of 8000 level required MPA courses, as follows: six credit hours of law courses applied toward the six credit hours of elective MPA courses; a three credit hour tax law course applied toward the required course TX 8020, and a three credit hour law course applied toward the three credit hour strategic communications course. Reciprocally, the College of Law will allow 12 credit hours of 8000-level MPA courses to be credited towards the requirements of the JD program,. Thus, a student enrolled in the Joint JD/MPA Program student will be able to complete the requirements for both degrees by completing 45 credit hours in the Robinson College of Business and 78 credit hours in the College of Law. Candidates interested in the joint-degree program must satisfy the admissions requirements and be admitted to each College separately. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office of each school for application information. Students must take the GMAT for admissions to the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the LSAT for admission to the College of Law. After students have been admitted to both programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at their first opportunity, complete the first 31 credit hours of required courses in the JD program. After the first 31 required credit hours of law are complete, enrollment in either college or both concurrently is permitted. Degree requirements for both programs must be complete within eight years of the student's initial semester of enrollment in the Joint Program. The JD degree must be completed within six years of the student's initial enrollment in the JD program.
Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with advisors in each school for the precise graduation requirements for each degree and for information about course offerings. MPA candidates may enroll in the joint program at any point prior to completion of 21 semester hours of 8000- level MPA coursework.