Dynamic Field. The needs of today’s business clients are constantly changing, and they need business lawyers to operate alongside them. Having familiarity with business practices in the U.S. and abroad will position business lawyers for a successful and dynamic career. Dual-degree students are ideally positioned to handle governance, risk management and compliance responsibilities in the media, technology, medical, insurance and financial fields, as well as other growing, highly regulated fields.
Valued Expertise. Many law firms value the business expertise of lawyers with an M.B.A. degree, who can appreciate the business objectives of the firm’s clients, as well as the business dynamics of the law firm itself.
Fluency and Flexibility. Lawyers with an M.B.A. degree often find it is easier to transition into purely business roles later in their careers. And lawyers who are familiar with the business world will often find a smoother transition if they decide to move from a law firm setting to an in-house counsel position with a corporate client.
Develop your network. Whether you’re a full-time student or working for a leading organization, you’ll find a strong network of the peers and mentors from a wide variety of industry perspectives who can help inspire and ignite your career.
With an innovative legal curriculum, one of the top-ranked business programs in the country and an ideal downtown Atlanta location, Georgia State is poised to prepare the next generation of business lawyers.
Graduates have careers in traditional law practice, in-house counsel for corporations and small businesses, compliance and risk management.
Earn two degrees in a shorter time and at a lower cost than if pursued separately.
Each program accepts credits from the other, resulting in a lower number of courses you must complete. Dual-degree students are able to apply 12 of their M.B.A. credits towards satisfaction of their J.D. degree credit requirements, and 12 of their J.D. credits towards satisfaction of their M.B.A. degree credit requirements. Additionally, dual-degree students waive out of the 3-credit MBA 8030 – Legal Environment: Ethics and Corporate Governance course. Together, dual-degree students earn their degrees having taken 27 fewer credits than would have been necessary if they were pursuing the degrees separately.
- The requirements for the M.B.A. are described in the Robinson College of Business catalog.
- Consult with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business regarding course requirements and completing any prerequisites for 8000-level courses.
To pursue a dual degree, students must be accepted by both colleges and satisfy the curriculum requirements for both programs. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance to the other.
JD: LSAT is required
MBA: GMAT is required, unless student is already enrolled at or admitted to the College of Law
In addition, completion of the first-year curriculum of the J.D. program in good academic standing will satisfy the M.B.A. requirement MBA 8030 Legal Environment: Ethics and Corporate Governance. For students who drop out of the J.D. program before completing the first-year curriculum, or do not complete it in good standing, determination of credit for MBA 8030 will be decided by normal transfer-of-credit procedures, which are explained in the Robinson College of Business catalog.
Enrollment Sequencing and Time Limits
The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the dual degree program after a student has completed more than 21 semester hours of 8000-level M.B.A. coursework.
After students have been admitted to both the J.D. and M.B.A. programs and have declared intent to be enrolled in the dual degree program, they must immediately complete 30 semester hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After completion of these 30 hours, enrollment in the courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted.
Dual degree students may be required to take prerequisite, foundation or introductory courses prior to beginning M.B.A. coursework.
Grading and Scholastic Discipline
Students enrolled in the dual degree program must meet the academic regulations of each college, including those related to the minimum GPA and scholastic discipline. The computation of the GPA in each college is based only on courses taken in that college.
Prior to graduation, students completing the dual degree program are responsible for confirming with both colleges that the degree requirements for each program have been satisfied. Students must complete the graduate application for each degree.
No credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward the M.B.A. degree requirements until the completion of J.D. degree requirements. Similarly, no M.B.A. credit toward the J.D. degree is awarded until the M.B.A. degree program has been completed. A simultaneous awarding of degrees will satisfy this requirement.
The requirements for the M.B.A. degree must be completed within eight years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.B.A. program. The J.D. degree must be completed within seven years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.
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