We talk to a lot of JD-MBA applicants … or at least a lot of graduate school candidates thinking about those two degrees. Ultimately, most of the clients we work with wind up choosing one or the other, after we put them through a thorough analysis of all the pros and cons of the joint degree path. You can read about many of these considerations in this space, including:
finances, opportunity, short-term career goals, and long-term career goals.
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The following entry is the third part of an ongoing series exploring the pros and cons of the increasingly popular JD/MBA degree path. Part 1 explored finances and the many costs and benefits to securing dual degrees in one educational experience. Part 2 analyzed the good and the bad with regards to opportunity — what are you gaining by pursuing both of these degrees simultaneously and what are your chances of successfully doing so?
Big news coming out of New Haven, Connecticut, as Yale has announced the addition of a three-year JD/MBA program to its graduate school options.
The official name of the program is the “Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA Program,” which is certainly a literal title, as well as a mouthful. It is focused on students interested in “business law,” which sounds specific, but lends itself to all of the careers we typically see from a JD/MBA track, including transactional law, corporate governance, regulatory law, entrepreneurship, and a host of other professional paths. So the thrust of the program doesn’t sound dramatically different from the other three-year programs that are already available at elite universities (Penn, Northwestern, Duke).
We are pleased to announce the latest offering to Veritas Prep’s many admissions consulting options: JD/MBA Admissions consulting.
The choice of whether to pursue a law degree or an MBA has always featured a certain amount of crossover and the convergence of those two professional degrees has become even more of a nexus point this fall in light of the current economic climate. For many, the choice has become both, rather than one or the other. Given the rise in popularity of the JD/MBA, it makes sense that a company like Veritas Prep become the industry expert on the subject.
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.