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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Joint Degree Programs

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Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA; three-year program)

The Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington and the Kelley School of Business are among the very few law and business schools in the United States to offer joint JD/MBA degrees in a program that can be completed in three instead of the usual four years. It is a demanding program for only the most highly qualified and motivated students. For the right person, the three-year JD/MBA offers a unique opportunity to gain two valuable degrees from one of the nation's most prestigious institutions while being absent from the working world for only three years.

The three-year program does not replace Indiana University’s four-year JD/MBA program; the four-year program will continue to be available to new applicants.

Admission

Applicants to the three-year program must apply and be admitted separately by the Kelley School and the Law School. Thus, each applicant must at a minimum meet the requirements for admission to the JD and MBA programs, including competitive LSAT and GMAT scores. In addition, applicants must have at least two years of significant work experience, and evidence of a high degree of motivation to take on the aggressive three-year schedule. Applicants must complete each school's application form and provide the required supporting documentation, including test scores and undergraduate transcripts. The applicant must inform both schools that he or she intends to pursue the three-year JD/MBA program.

Financial Aid

Loans and financial aid awards will be coordinated by the schools; candidates offered admission will be automatically considered for merit-based awards offered by each school. The criteria for the award of financial aid are the same as for all other graduate students. Contact Paul Leopold at (812) 855-7746 or e-mail pleopold@indiana.edu with questions.

Curriculum

The recommended 3-year JD/MBA Program curriculum is recommended as the best way to complete the JD/MBA in three years. Minor departures from the recommended schedule can be expected and some flexibility is built into it. However, major departures will make it difficult or impossible to complete the joint degree in three years.

The Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic is a valuable elective element of the JD/MBA program; however, it will not be required of students in the three-year program. Participation in the clinic will limit the student’s ability to pursue elective courses in both schools.