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JD/MBA Program

Washburn University Dual Degree Program: School of Law (JD) and School of Business (MBA)

Recognizing that legal and business studies complement each other and that real-world problems often require solutions from both legal and business perspectives, Washburn University has developed a dual degree program to encourage students to obtain Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees during their course of study at Washburn.

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On its own, the JD program at the Washburn University School of Law requires 90 credit hours. The MBA degree at the Washburn University School of Business requires 30 credit hours of upper-level courses. Additional foundation courses may be required by some students. In some cases, up to 27 foundational course credits may be required. Pursued separately, the two degrees would require between 120 and 147-credit hours. Under the dual degree program, certain courses are accepted for credit by both schools: six credit hours of business-related law school courses may count toward the MBA, and six credit hours of business school courses may count toward the JD. Students can therefore obtain both degrees with a total credit hours between 108 and 135, and hold both a ABA-accredited JD and a AACSB-accredited MBA degree.


How It Works

Students must apply separately to and be accepted by both schools. Students will indicate to each school at the time of application that they are applying to the dual degree program.  Students will pay tuition for law school courses at the normal rate for that school and will pay tuition for business school courses at the normal rate for that school.

Students may choose to begin either their legal studies or their business studies first.  Whenever they start the law school program, students must take the full first-year curriculum, all of which consists of required courses, without interruption.  Students will not be permitted to take business school courses during the first year of law school.  After completing the first year of the law school curriculum, if students simultaneously take courses in both programs, the total number of credits enrolled in at one time must stay within the parameters required by the American Bar Association’s standards governing accredited law schools.  Students also are required to participate in the various orientation and assessment activities of both programs.

Law school courses that transfer to the business school are those that are business-related (as determined by the business school); business school courses that transfer to the law school are upper-level required courses in which the student earns at least a “B.” (Grades will not transfer between schools; for the transferee school, the courses will be treated as credit/no-credit.)  No credits for business school courses will transfer to the law school until the student has obtained 12 credits of upper-level MBA (650 series) business school courses.

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