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In order to prepare students for the increasingly complex intersection of business and law, Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management offer a combined three-year program in law and business. This program is unique because it offers both the JD and MBA degrees in three academic years (six semesters) without the need for summer classes.
The Accelerated JD-MBA program is designed primarily for students interested in business law but will be of value in a variety of settings involving business and management. The program provides the analytical and quantitative skills necessary to solve complex legal and business challenges, which will be of value for a business law-related practice, as well as more broadly for careers as entrepreneurs and in business and nonprofit organization management.
Students can apply to enter the Accelerated JD-MBA program simultaneously or during their first year at the Law School. The program is capped at fifteen students per year. YLS and SOM offer a four-year joint degree program as an option as well, with applications accepted simultaneously or to one school during the first year at the other. There is no enrollment cap on the four-year program.
Course of Study
Students in the program spend their first year at the Law School, their second year at both the School of Management and the Law School, and their third year at the Law School. A subset of the required core courses in the Fall term of the second year are multiple-titled in the two schools and count toward both degree requirements. There are special extensions of the Intro to Negotiation and Problem Framing core courses for students enrolled in the program. In the second term at SOM, students enroll in at least one law school course of their choosing, in addition to their SOM courses. There is a faculty adviser for students in the program at both schools. The YLS adviser provides counsel regarding students' law school course of study in the third year.
|Year in program||Fall||Spring|
|First year||YLS required 1st term (16 units).||YLS (12 -16 units)|
|Second year||Multiple-titled Law core courses (12 units); additional SOM core courses||SOM core courses (12 units); additional SOM electives; YLS (2, 3 or 4 units)|
|Third year||YLS (14-16 units)||YLS (14-16 units)|
Students interested in providing potential employers with information about this unique program are encouraged to include the Accelerated JD-MBA Course Explanation with their employment application materials.
Note: In the Spring of the Second Year, 1.5 units for the Intro to Negotiation multiple-titled course count toward the YLS experiential six-unit requirement.
Note: Units indicate the number of Law School course credits taken per semester to fulfill the JD degree requirements.
Note: Managing Groups and Teams, a required MBA core course, is offered during the week between SOM’s Orientation Program and the start of SOM fall semester courses. Three-Year JD-MBA students are encouraged to make every effort to participate fully in this course. But because the course’s schedule may conflict with these students’ scheduling of law-firm interviews, SOM provides options for students who cannot take the course.
For the Classes of 2022 and 2023: To increase the likelihood that Three-Year JD-MBA students can take Managing Groups and Teams, the SOM Dean’s Office will allow them to miss parts or all of the SOM Orientation sessions. The Dean’s Office will also ask individual Core Faculty to give consideration to those students who need to miss one or two days of the first week of fall courses. Finally, students in the program who do not take Managing Groups and Teams will be enrolled in a four-credit elective, Interpersonal Dynamics, in the spring term.
Students must complete the required courses for each program. (A complete description of required courses can be found on the YLS and SOM websites).
Financial Aid for the JD–MBA Program
As of the class of 2017, students will pay YLS JD tuition and fees in the first and third years of the program, and SOM tuition and fees in the second year. Financial aid awards follow what students would receive were they enrolled in the individual degree programs, i.e., financial aid follows YLS policies in years 1 and 3 and SOM policies in year 2. SOM does not provide need-based aid, but it will review the 1L YLS scholarship received (if any) by the student as part of the admissions process. Merit-based scholarships provided at SOM may differ.
Need-based loans originated through the Law School (program years 1 and 3) are eligible for the Law School’s Career Options Assistance Program (COAP). Loans originated through SOM (program year 2) are eligible for SOM's Loan Forgiveness Support.
Application Requirements For Students Applying For The JD-MBA Program As 1Ls At YLS. (JD Admissions)
Law School applicants for the Accelerated JD-MBA may apply in any of the three SOM rounds, but are encouraged to apply in Round 1 or 2. The program is limited to 15 students per year.
- Application Form: 1L students must complete SOM’s application form via SOM’s online application system.
- LSAT Score: For 1L applicants to the Accelerated JD–MBA, the LSAT exam score will be accepted in place of the GMAT or GRE exam.
- Waiver form: 1L applicants should complete a waiver form authorizing the use of YLS application information in the SOM application process. The waiver will authorize YLS to share your LSAT score, recommendations, and transcripts from previous institutions of higher learning, as well as your current YLS transcript, with SOM. By granting permission for their release, you will not need to provide these materials separately to SOM during the application process. The waiver form is available from the YLS Registrar’s office and at the Registrar’s website.
For more information on the SOM application process, please contact Maria Derlipanska at email@example.com.