The JD degree program at UC Hastings is normally a six-semester (three-year) program. The MBA degree program at Haas is normally a four-semester (two-year) degree program. Students earning the two degrees concurrently may earn the JD from UC Hastings in five semesters and the MBA from Haas in three semesters, reducing the overall time needed to obtain both degrees by one year’s worth of credits. For UC Hastings students, the reduction in the number of units required to obtain the JD results from the recognition of specific, pre-approved classes taken at Haas as counting toward the JD, up to a maximum of 12 units.
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 Assistant Dean of Students; 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 students who want to learn more about concurrent degree options should contact the UC Hastings Admissions Office. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Students may earn degrees concurrently at UC Hastings and UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM) in as few as four years.
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.