JD/MBA Programming

About the Program

Lawyers provide legal services that require an understanding of business principles, and moreover, need business skills to start and manage law practices. UC Hastings offers a rich array of business courses to all JD candidates as part of the regular law school curriculum. However, some students may wish to obtain an MBA in addition to the JD.

UC Hastings has formal concurrent degree agreements with three business schools: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Presidio Graduate School. Qualified students who independently gain admission to any one of these schools either at the same time that they are admitted to UC Hastings or during their 1L or 2L years may be eligible to earn the JD and MBA concurrently, subject to UC Hastings’ regulations summarized below. In addition, students can create their own concurrent degree programs with business schools other than Haas, UC Davis GSM or Presidio, by obtaining the approval of the Associate Academic Dean; if a student-designed program is approved and is designated as a concurrent degree program for that student, then the student can transfer up to 12 pre-approved units from the business school as counting toward the JD.

Learn more about JD/MBA programming by watching this video presentation.

How to Apply

Prospective and current students who know they would like to concurrently obtain their JD and MBA degrees should contact Professor Abe Cable, who coordinates JD/MBA programming, by emailing him directly at cablea@uchastings.edu.

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

UC Hastings has had a concurrent degree arrangement with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (“Haas”) since 1976.  Pursuant to this arrangement, eligible students can earn a JD from UC Hastings and an MBA from Haas in just four years, rather than the five years it would normally take to earn the two degrees sequentially.

UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Students may earn degrees concurrently at UC Hastings and UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) in as few as four years.

Presidio Graduate School

UC Hastings and Presidio Graduate School have charted a path for students interested in concurrently earning JD and MBA degrees focused specifically on the social, environmental and economic impact of business and law.

Additional requirements applicable to all JD/MBA concurrent degree programs are summarized below.

Additional Requirements Applicable to All Concurrent Degree Arrangements

Students concurrently pursuing JD and MBA degrees must meet each degree-conferring institution’s separate requirements for continued enrollment and for a degree. Each student is individually responsible for meeting those requirements, including by obtaining the necessary pre-approvals for credit transfers. In addition, once accepted, to be eligible to continue with the concurrent degree arrangement, UC Hastings students must successfully complete the 1L curriculum with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, complete the Request for Approval Form from the Records Office, and receive approval of a study plan from the Associate Academic Dean. Only credits from an MBA program that are pre-approved pursuant to this process may be applied toward the JD, and, then, only if the UC Hastings student successfully completes the degree requirements of the institution conferring the MBA.Concurrent degree candidates typically carry a higher-than-usual credit load. In addition, a student’s ability to sit for the bar exam may be delayed until both the JD and the MBA are earned. Finally, students concurrently enrolled in multiple degree programs must be cognizant of requirements that students earn the JD in a maximum of eight semesters and five years.

Opportunities to Earn Course Credit at Business Schools Other than Haas and Presidio

Even in the absence of a concurrent degree arrangement, and pursuant to UC Hastings’ Academic Regulations, students may apply up to six credits earned at a business school toward the JD degree, if specified conditions are met. Please see Academic Regulations and Other Rules Applicable to Students (2013-2014) (“Academic Regulations”), Section VII (“Credit for Work at Other Schools”), including Regulation 2213.  This means that students may be able to obtain credit for some business school course work, even if the course is taken at a business school other than Haas or Presidio, and even if the coursework is not taken as a student-created concurrent degree program.

After the JD: Obtaining a Business Degree

After graduation, students may independently obtain additional advanced degrees from business schools, including business schools with which UC Hastings maintains informal relationships to facilitate admission of our current students or alumni. UC Hastings has fostered and continues to foster informal relationships with domestic and international business schools that may be attractive to UC Hastings alumni. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Professor Cable at cablea@uchastings.edu.

The Chip W. Robertson ’98 MBA Access Fund

The Chip W. Robertson ’98 MBA Access Fund makes funds available to UC Hastings to support current UC Hastings students applying for and admitted to degree programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management (“Anderson”) or UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (“Haas”).  Monies in the fund will help offset the cost of GRE or GMAT preparation courses for current students who apply to Anderson or Haas; funds will be available, too, to pay up to $2,000 per year to students who matriculate at Anderson.To receive funds offsetting GRE or GMAT preparation course costs, students who apply for admission to Anderson’s or Haas’s MBA programs should submit the following to the Associate Dean for Research:

1.     Documentation showing the GRE or GMAT expense;
2.     Documentation of the application fee paid to either Anderson or Haas.

The Associate Dean for Research will make reimbursement decisions at the end of each academic year.