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J.D. and M.B.A. Degrees (3-Year Program)

Cornell Law School and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell offer a program for combining law school education with graduate management training. Students receive both the J.D. and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees in three years, rather than four or the normal five years.

  • Applicants must apply to, and be accepted by, both schools, although a joint coordinating committee of the two schools will consider the applications. Also, an applicant may apply to the business school during the first year of law school. Students who apply to enter the three-year JD/MBA program must have a minimum 3.30 grade point average during the fall semester of their first year in the law school.
  • J.D. application
  • M.B.A. application

Student Schedule and Requirements:

  • The students' first year is spent entirely in the Law School, totaling 32 credits.
  • The summer after the first year and the entire second year are spent primarily in Johnson. During the second year, students must also take a minimum of 9 credits of Law School course work each semester, which may include courses cross-listed between Johnson and the Law School. Students should expect to take a total of 18 credits for the summer and 30 credits for the second year.
  • As part of the Law School curriculum, students are required to take Business Organizations during the fall or spring semester of the second year. Students must also take Federal Income Taxation in the Law School, which can be during the second or third year.
  • Third year is spent mainly in the Law School, taking at least 9 Law School credits per semester. Students should also take one course in Johnson each semester (which can include a cross-listed course). Students should expect to take a total of up to 30 credits or more for the year.
  • In total, students must take (i) 20 credits of core courses and 25 credits of elective courses at Johnson and (ii) a minimum of 9 credits per semester and a total of 72 credits at the Law School.
  • Students will graduate from the Law School with his or her entering Law School class. Graduation from Johnson will be at the same time as graduation from the Law School.
  • All courses for credit must be taken at either Johnson or the Law School. Students are eligible to graduate with honors at both Johnson and the Law School; the grades used to determine honors will be only those for classes taken at the school granting the honors (cross-listed courses count for both Johnson and the Law School).
  • During the summer after the first year and through the entire second year, students will be registered with and pay tuition to Johnson; financial aid including scholarships and loans will be determined by Johnson during those semesters.
  • During the first and third year, students will be registered with and pay tuition to the Law School; financial aid including scholarships and loans will be determined by the Law School during those semesters. Law School tuition will be calibrated so that it matches the credit-hour cost of the existing 4-year JD/MBA program (i.e., the equivalent of 5 semesters of Law School tuition will be charged during the 4 semesters that the student is registered at the Law School – the first 2 semesters at the normal Law School tuition rates, and the second 2 semesters at 150% of the normal Law School tuition rates).

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