J.D. & MBA

Admission requirements

Applicants for the J.D. & MBA program must submit separate applications to and be competitively and independently accepted by the College of Law for the J.D., the Graduate School and Haslam College of Business Administration for the MBA degree, and by the Dual Program Committee.

Students who have been accepted by both colleges may apply for approval to pursue the dual-degree program anytime prior to or after matriculation in either or both colleges. Such approval will be granted, provided that dual program studies are started prior to entry into the last 28 semester hours of J.D. coursework and prior to the third semester of the MBA program.

Students interested in entering the dual degree program should submit a letter of application to the Dual Program Committee. Upon receipt of the application, the Dual Program Committee will determine eligibility and assign students to advisors who will be responsible for course approval and supervision of the student’s progress through the dual program.

Curriculum

A dual-degree program candidate must satisfy the graduation requirements of each college. Students withdrawing from the dual-degree program before completion of both degrees will not receive credit toward graduation from either college for courses in the other college, except as such courses qualify for credit without regard to the dual-degree program.

The College of Law will award up to nine semester hours of credit toward the J.D. for acceptable performance in approved graduate-level courses offered by the Haslam College of Business. The College of Business will award up to six semester hours of credit toward the MBA for acceptable performance in approved courses offered in the College of Law. The approval of courses is the responsibility of the Dual-Degree Program Committee and the student’s assigned advisor.

Students may begin their studies in either the J.D. or the MBA program, but may not enroll in MBA coursework while completing the first year of the law curriculum and may not enroll in J.D. coursework while completing the first year of the business curriculum. During the first year in the J.D. program, students register through the College of Law. During the first year in the MBA program, students register as graduate students. After the first two years, any term in which students take law courses or a mixture of law and graduate courses, they are classified and registered as law students. If taking only graduate courses, they are classified and registered as graduate students.

For more information on the JD-MBA curriculum, see the UT Graduate Catalog.

Approved Dual Credit

MBA courses in which the student has earned a B grade or higher and are to be counted toward the J.D. program must include nine semester hours approved by the College of Law. The six hours of law courses in which the student has earned a 2.3 or C+ grade or higher and are to be counted toward the MBA must be selected from those approved by the Assistant Dean of the MBA Program.