Program Outline and Requirements
Students in the Columbia Four-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program reside at the Law School for a total of five semesters and at the Business School for a total of three semesters. Upon completing at least one continuous academic year in residence at each school, students have flexibility as to which of their remaining semesters are spent at the Law School and which are spent at the Business School.
Successful completion of the Columbia Four-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program requires a minimum of 71 Law School credits and 45 Business School credits. EXCEPTION: Students who first matriculated at the Law School in 2017 must earn at least 72 Law School credits in order to graduate.
Students in the Columbia Four-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program must also fulfill all of the general curriculum requirements of Columbia Law School. This includes completing the first-year foundation course curriculum, a professional responsibility course, both major and minor writing requirements, the minimum 40-hour pro bono legal work requirement, and, for students who first matriculated at the Law School in or after 2016, at least six points of experiential coursework credit. For more information about the J.D. requirements, please visit the J.D. Rules Page.
While in residence at the Business School, students have the option to “test out” of certain core requirements by taking exemption exams prior to the start of classes. Please note, however, that exempting out of core classes enables students to take an elective in place of those classes; it does not reduce the total number of Business School credits required for the joint degree. For more information about the M.B.A. degree requirements, please visit the Business School’s webpage.
Once a student has completed all requirements for both degrees, the J.D. and M.B.A. degrees are awarded on the same conferral date.