Law School Announces New Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program

Summer 2011

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Columbia Law School introduced a new joint degree program that will enable students to earn a J.D. from the Law School and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in a total of three years.

The Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program enhances the Law School’s current roster of joint degree offerings, which includes an existing four-year J.D./M.B.A. curriculum. Although the four-year program will remain available, the new joint-degree opportunity provides an accelerated alternative that allows interested students to enter the workforce one year earlier.

Dean David M. Schizer emphasized the benefits of combining a rigorous legal thought process with skills honed in business school, such as quantitative analysis and teamwork.

“Lawyers better serve their clients when they have a deep understanding of business practice and policy, particularly in today’s regulatory and multi-national environment,” said Dean Schizer. “A J.D.-M.B.A. from Columbia affords students a unique educational experience, the quality of which is unparalleled.”

The new dual degree offering has fostered the creation of multiple interdisciplinary courses that are jointly taught by faculty from both the Law School and the Business School. Those innovative courses will be available to all students enrolled in either institution, thus providing an academic windfall to those intrigued by the intersection of law and business.

To earn both degrees within three years, participants will complete the standard first-year Law School and Business School curricula during the first two years, developing strong foundations in both business and law. Then, in the third and final year, students register for advanced courses at both institutions. The program also offers ample time during the summer months for internships and other professional development activities, and extensive career counseling is available to maximize students’ post-graduation employment opportunities.

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