Dedman School of Law
(2010 Graduate Catalog)
J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./P.M.B.A
The combined J.D./M.B.A. program and J.D./Professional M.B.A program are offered jointly by the Dedman School of Law and the Graduate Division of the SMU Cox School of Business. The programs are designed for law practice with a strong business background and for business careers with a strong legal background. Through the J.D./M.B.A. program, the combined degrees may be obtained in four academic years instead of the five academic years required, if pursued separately. Through the J.D./P.M.B.A program, the combined degrees may be obtained in five academic years instead of the six academic years required, if pursued separately.
These programs have been established so that an individual may integrate his or her educational experience in law and business. Since management, personnel and corporate attorneys have their individual considerations and goals, by taking law and business courses simultaneously, the student may achieve an understanding of commercial affairs from two different points of view.
For the two degrees, the programs require that the student satisfactorily complete the following term hours of coursework:
Full-time students enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. program will spend the first full year in the Law School. Part-time evening students enrolled in the J.D./P.M.B.A. program will spend the first two years in the Law School.
Under the structure of the dual program, the Dedman School of Law will award 12 hours of academic credit toward the J.D. degree (87 hours) for satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the M.B.A. program or the P.M.B.A program. Similarly, the Cox School of Business will award up to 12 hours of academic credit toward the M.B.A. or the P.M.B.A. degree for satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the J.D. program.
Except as modified by the above, a student in either program must meet all the requirements of both schools for admission, performance, graduation, etc.
Students enrolled in either joint degree program also must complete all noncredit-bearing requirements of the programs.
To be admitted to the J.D/M.B.A. program, law students must apply before beginning their law studies or during their first year of law school. To be admitted to the J.D/P.M.B.A. program, law students must apply before beginning their law studies or during their first two years of law school. Admission applications should be addressed to both schools, with the statement that they are for the combined J.D./M.B.A. program or the combined J.D./P.M.B.A. program, as applicable. Students who wish to pursue the joint program after starting their first year of law school for the J.D./M.B.A. or during their first two years of law school for the J.D./P.M.B.A. must obtain permission from the Law School’s assistant dean for Student Affairs and then should consult with the M.B.A. Admissions Office.
Law School applications
should be addressed to Office of Admissions, SMU Dedman School of Law, PO Box 750110, Dallas TX 75275-0110, or call 214-768-2550.
should be addressed to Graduate Admissions, SMU Cox School of Business, PO Box 750333, Dallas TX 75275-0333, or call 214-768-1214 or 1-800-472-3622.