Want to bolster your résumé with a J.D. and an MBA from a top-notch school in a mere three years?
Yale students will soon have that option.
The school announced on Thursday that it is adding a joint juris doctor and master of business administration program for completion in three academic years. The offering is in addition to the school’s existing joint J.D. and MBA program that spans four years. Both joint programs are a partnership between the law school and the Yale School of Management.
The new three-year program is somewhat unusual. Similar programs at other law schools generally take four years to complete. But Yale is not the first to offer a J.D. and MBA in three years. Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis and Northwestern University School of Law also have three-year joint programs.
“The program will prepare students for the increasingly complex intersection of business and law,” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh in a written statement. “Students will master analytical and quantitative skills that will be of value for a business law-related practice but also more broadly for careers as entrepreneurs and managers in business and non-profit organizations.”
The new accelerated and integrated J.D. and MBA program is geared to students with an interest in business law, but will also prepare students for careers involving management and other business fields.
The coursework will be spread over six semesters, and participants will graduate at the same time as their entering J.D. class. They will also graduate from the management school. Like their classmates in the regular J.D. program, those in the integrated and accelerated program will have two free summers in which they can work in the law or business fields. Students in the new program will spend their first and third years at the law school, and the second at the management school. Students must apply for the program during their first year at the law school.
“Both schools have a strong reputation for developing leaders for business and society, and this program allows us to draw more efficiently on the unique strengths of each institution to continue to train such leaders,” said Yale School of Management Dean Sharon M. Oster.
After two years, the law school and the management school will assess whether or not to continue offering the new three-year J.D. and MBA programs.