Program Outline and Requirements
Students in the Columbia Four-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program are in residence at the Law School for a total of five semesters and in residence at the Business School for a total of three semesters. Upon spending at least one continuous academic year in residence at the Law School and one continuous academic year in residence at the Business School, students have flexibility as to which 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. Students in the Columbia Four-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program must also fulfill 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, and the minimum 40-hour pro bono legal work requirement.
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 allows students to take an elective in place of those classes; it does not reduce the total number of required credits while in residence at the Business School. Once the student has completed all requirements for both degrees, the J.D. and M.B.A. degrees are awarded on the same conferral date.