Last week the University of Pennsylvania announced a new three-year JD/MBA program between the Wharton School and Penn Law School.
JD/MBA students will spend their first year taking law courses, followed by a summer of four more law and and businesses courses designed specifically for the JD/MBA program. In their second and third years students will take a combination of law and business courses, including capstone courses in the third year. While they won’t work during their first summer, JD/MBA students will take a law- or business-related job between their second and third years.
According to the Penn release:
“We expect that all sorts of people with business experience will apply,” Edward Rock, co-director of Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics, a professor of law and an architect of the three-year program. “All of them will be able to navigate and lead in the worlds of business and of law because this is the best way to prepare tomorrow’s business lawyers.”
Penn joins other top schools such as Northwestern in the trend to provide accelerated JD/MBA options to students who are considering graduate training in both law and business.