J.D./M.B.A.

The joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program, offered in partnership with the St. Thomas Opus College of Business, is designed for students interested in developing their business acumen as well as understanding the legal framework in which markets operate. It compresses a five-year program of study into four years by allowing some elective courses to count toward each program’s graduation requirements. Students begin the program in the fall semester of their third year of law school and can choose from the part-time flex or online MBA programs.

Joint Degree Sample Plans

Part-time Flex MBA

  • 39 business MBA credits required = Ten core courses (21 credits)  +  Elective business coursework (18 credits)
  • Enrollment and course loads are flexible each term
  • Three course formats: Traditional - Blended – Online
  • Students self-register each term, choosing from the available schedule and formats
  • Electives can be taken anytime, provided prerequisites are met
  • At least one elective must be designated as a Global Business/study abroad elective course
  • MBA classes meet on Monday-Thursday evenings for courses in blended or traditional formats
YEAR 3YEAR 4
YEAR 3: FALL TERM YEAR 4: FALL TERM
MBA coursework: 9 credits
LAWS coursework: 4-8 credits

MGMT 603 – Leading Self & Others (3 cr.)
OPMT600 – Statistical Methods of Dec Mkg (3 cr.)
MGMT625 – Competitive Strategy (1.5 cr.)
BETH 625 – Business Ethics Foundations (1.5 cr.)
LAWS Elective (2-4 cr.)
MBA or LAWS Elective (3-4 cr.)
MBA coursework: 9 credits
LAWS coursework: 4-8 credits

FINC600 – Financial Management (3 cr.)
ENTR625 – Entrepreneurial Thinking (1.5 cr.)
OPMT625 – Operations Strategy (1.5 cr.)
LAWS Elective (2-4 cr.)
MBA or LAWS Elective (3-4 cr.)
YEAR 3: JANUARY TERM YEAR 4: JANUARY TERM
Optional MBA Elective (3 cr.) or Study Abroad Optional MBA Elective (3 cr.)
YEAR 3: SPRING TERM YEAR 4: SPRING TERM
MBA coursework: 9 credits
LAWS coursework: 4-8 credits

ACCT601 – Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
MKTG 625 – Marketing Frameworks (1.5 cr.)
GBEC 625 – Managerial Economics (1.5 cr.)
LAWS Elective (2-4 cr.)
MBA or LAWS Elective (3-4 cr.)
MBA/LAWS coursework: 12-15 credits
(Complete remaining requirements for each degree)

MBA Elective (3 cr.)
MBA Elective (3 cr.)
LAWS Elective (2-4 cr.)
MBA or LAWS Elective (3-4 cr.)
YEAR 3: SUMMER TERM  
Optional MBA Elective (3 cr.) or Intern/Externship  

 


Online MBA
39 business (MBA) credits required.

  • 10 core courses (21 credits)  **COMPLETED AS A COHORT GROUP**
    • A three day on-campus residency (Thursday-Saturday) is required at the start of the program
    • All required MBA core courses (21 cr.) are delivered in online-only formats and must be taken with your cohort in the term indicated (including January & summer terms)
  • Elective business coursework (18 credits)
    • Once to electives, enrollment and course loads are flexible each term
    • Three elective course formats: Traditional - Blended – Online
    • Students self-register each term, choosing from the available schedule and formats
    • Electives can be taken anytime, provided prerequisites are met
    • At least one elective must be designated as a Global Business/study abroad elective course
    • MBA classes meet on Monday-Thursday evenings for courses in blended or traditional formats
YEAR 3YEAR 4
YEAR 3: FALL TERM YEAR 4: FALL TERM
*Required Online MBA coursework: 7.5 credits
LAWS coursework: 4-8 credits

On-campus residency (3 days)
MGMT 603* – Leading Self & Others (3 cr.)
OPMT600* – Statistical Methods of Dec Mkg (3 cr.)
BETH 625* – Business Ethics Foundations (1.5 cr.)
LAWS Course (2-4 cr.)
LAWS Course (2-4 cr.)
MBA/LAWS coursework: 12-15 credits

MBA Elective (3 cr.)
MBA Elective (3 cr.)
MBA Elective (3-4 cr.) or LAWS Course
MBA Elective (3-4 cr.) or LAWS Course
MBA Elective (3-4 cr.) or LAWS Course
YEAR 3: JANUARY TERM YEAR 4: JANUARY TERM
*Required Online MBA coursework: 1.5 credits
OPMT625* – Operations Strategy (1.5 cr.)
*Required Online MBA coursework: 1.5 credits
ENTR625* – Entrepreneurial Thinking (1.5 cr.)
YEAR 3: SPRING TERM YEAR 4: SPRING TERM
*Required Online MBA coursework: 6 credits
LAWS coursework: 4-12 credits

ACCT601* – Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
MGMT625* – Competitive Strategy (1.5 cr.)
GBEC 625* – Managerial Economics (1.5 cr.)
LAWS Course (2-4 cr.)
LAWS Course (2-4 cr.)
MBA Elective (3 cr.) or LAWS Course (2-4 cr.)
MBA/LAWS coursework: 12-15 credits
(Complete remaining requirements for each degree)

MBA Elective (3 cr.)
MBA Elective (3 cr.)
MBA Elective (3 cr.) or LAWS Course
YEAR 3: SUMMER TERM  
*Required Online MBA coursework: 6-9 credits
FINC600* – Financial Management (3 cr.)
MKTG 625* – Marketing Frameworks (1.5 cr.)
Optional MBA Elective (3 cr.) or Intern/Externship