Students spend the first year at the Law School, the second year at the Business School, and the third year taking a combination of law and business courses.
Students spend the first year of the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program in residence at Columbia Law School, enrolled in its foundation curriculum. Students participate in Law School orientation and then begin first-year classes together with the entering J.D. class. During the second semester, students may choose an elective; the list of available first-year electives varies from year to year.
The second year of the program is spent in residence at Columbia Business School. Students participate in orientation at the Business School, join a cluster of 70 other entering M.B.A.s, and are placed on a learning team—a group of four to six students from diverse professional backgrounds who complete most of their core course assignments jointly. The fall semester is comprised entirely of core requirements, while the spring semester allows students to choose courses from the Business School’s “flexible core,” as well as at least two electives of their own choosing, typically classes that are cross-listed at both the Business School and the Law School.
The third year of the program is spent in residence at Columbia Law School, with participants enrolling in a mix of law electives, business electives, and courses cross-listed by both schools. Students in the program will need to take a course load of at least 15 credits per semester (instead of the average 13). Students typically may choose to take an intensive two-and-a-half-week Professional Responsibility course at the Law School during the latter half of August preceding the third year to help fulfill this requirement, although August offerings may change from year to year.
Students in the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program graduate with both their Business School classmates and their Law School classmates in May, three years after beginning J.D. coursework and two years after beginning M.B.A. classes.
For more information, see the Columbia J.D./M.B.A. Program FAQ section.