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Darla Moore School of Business

J.D. / MBA

As business and law become increasingly interconnected, the Darla Moore School of Business and the School of Law at the University of South Carolina offer a cross-disciplinary opportunity to pursue a joint J.D./IMBA or J.D./MBA, which saves time by having students enroll in both programs concurrently.

Joint degree students complete their first two years of law school before starting MBA coursework in year three. This opportunity allows you to complete the J.D./MBA in three and a half years or the J.D./IMBA in four years.

Joint J.D. / MBA Programs Timeline


Admissions*

The joint program application process can be completed prior to enrolling in your first year of law school or during your 2L year. Separate applications are required for each program.

If you are certain you would like to complete a joint J.D./MBA or J.D./IMBA ,you are encouraged to apply to the Moore School prior to entering law school.

  • Complete the Moore School’s graduate application and submit all required applicant materials along with your application fee. Note: For those entering the UofSC School of Law in 2019, choose summer term 2021 for your MBA/IMBA entry term.
  • Submit a copy of your law school acceptance letter/notification to mba@moore.sc.edu.
  • Following a preliminary review, all qualified joint MBA and IMBA applicants are invited to complete a required admissions interview.
  • If admitted to the joint program, you will be required to maintain a minimum 3.0 law GPA through the end of your 2L year and submit an approved UofSC School of Law study plan.

If you are exploring the option of a joint J.D./MBA or J.D./IMBA, you are encouraged to apply following your 2L year of law school.

  • Complete the Moore School’s graduate application and submit all required applicant materials along with your application fee. Note: For those already enrolled in the UofSC School of Law, choose summer term 2019 for your MBA/IMBA entry term.
  • Submit a copy of your law school acceptance letter/notification to mba@moore.sc.edu.
  • Following a preliminary review, all qualified joint MBA and IMBA applicants are invited to complete a required admissions interview.
  • If admitted to the joint program, you will be required to maintain a minimum 3.0 law GPA through the end of your 2L year and submit an approved UofSC School of Law study plan


Note on applicant test scores:
 Based on performance on your LSAT exam, you may be eligible for MBA or IMBA admissions without submitting additional GRE or GMAT scores. Please contact Jennifer Ninh for additional information.

*For additional information on admissions deadlines and requirements, visit our MBA Admissions page.


Study Plan*

  • Year 1: Law school (August-May) and summer clerkship(s) (May-August).
  • Year 2: Law school (August-May) and summer clerkship or internship (May-late June). Students must be ready to start the MBA programs cohort by late June.
  • Year 3: Start MBA core at the Moore School (July-December). One-year MBA students — complete MBA core graduation requirements and joint study. Graduate from the Moore School (January-May). International MBA students — complete chosen functional electives and joint study (January-May), complete corporate internship (May-August).
  • Year 4: One-year MBA students — complete and graduate law school (August-December). International MBA students — begin language track courses or global track courses, take classes at the Moore School (electives) and joint study to complete and graduate law school (August-December). In-country language immersion (January-March), complete graduation requirements at the Moore School (March-May).

*Note: An approved plan of study is required by the School of Law prior to starting MBA coursework.

 

For law students interested in using their legal skills in a business setting, the joint degree program is an excellent opportunity. Especially for students without a business background, coursework in accounting, finance and management can be a valuable investment for lawyers wanting to effectively communicate with their clients and understand their clients’ needs. The joint degree program also opens doors: Students benefit from the business school’s outstanding reputation, its extensive alumni network and its numerous connections to Fortune 500 companies.

Benjamin Means, law professor
Course Offerings: Business Associations (LAWS 609), Family Business Law (LAWS 603), Contracts (LAWS 504), Liberty Seminar (LAWS 668), Mergers & Acquisitions (LAWS 774)

 


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