Recognizing that the worlds of law and business have become increasingly interdependent and complex, the School of Law (LAW) and the Questrom School of Business at Boston University offer a formal dual degree program in Law & Management. Because of the many areas of focus shared by the two schools, students can complete the JD/MBA dual degree program in an accelerated three-year track, although the traditional four-year track is also an option.
Prospective students must submit online applications to both the Questrom School of Business and the School of Law. Students must be accepted by both schools.
Applying to the Questrom School of Business
Students ordinarily apply to Questrom before their first year of law school in order to pursue the accelerated degree program. Alternatively, they may apply during their first year of law school to begin the MBA program in their second year of law school. However, students can also apply to Questrom to begin their master’s degree program in their third year of law studies. In this case, students should recognize that their dual degree may take greater than four years.
Although work experience is not a requirement of admission, many candidates do have some postgraduate experience. As such, candidates with little or no work experience should be stronger in other admission criteria, such as GPA and the GMAT.
Students beginning the dual degree program in fall 2016 or later must complete 32 credits in Questrom.
Note: The required courses (a total of 32 Questrom credit hours) must be completed within the Questrom School of Business. The number of LAW credits for these courses may differ because of American Bar Association requirements for calculating LAW credits; please check with the School of Law Registrar’s office for credit conversions.
The MBA program has a strict policy on having the appropriate prerequisites for certain courses. Also, not all courses are offered each semester, so please be sure to meet with the Questrom dual degree advisor before you register for each semester to plan your MBA courses and confirm which courses will be offered.
Please note that dual degree students must take evening classes at Questrom.
There are no specific LAW courses required for the JD/MBA program, but it is strongly suggested that students take courses in the areas of commercial law, business organizations, government regulation of business, and taxation.
Note: No LAW-taught management courses (e.g., LAW Principles of Accounting) may be transferred to the Questrom School of Business for MBA credit.
After the first year of law school, students may apply toward the JD no more than two graduate-level MBA courses in one semester; in addition, students may apply toward the JD a maximum of 12 credits total of non-law, graduate-level work taken at the Questrom School of Business.
Note: To satisfy American Bar Association accreditation requirements, the number of credits that the School of Law can grant for a graduate-level course taken at Questrom may be different from the credits allocated by Questrom for that course; therefore, students must check with the School of Law Registrar’s office to verify the number of credits that may be applied toward the JD for a Questrom course.
Although Questrom has a summer session, courses offered during the summer session are limited and vary from year to year. Also, students who take summer Questrom courses while enrolled as law students must pay extra tuition for those courses. Please note that summer courses taken at Questrom may not be applied toward the JD. Summer courses are necessary to complete the accelerated three-year JD/MBA on time.
Tuition & Financial Aid
While students are attending both the School of Law and the Questrom School of Business, they pay only one tuition. For most of the degree, this tuition is paid to the School of Law. If students exceed 18 credits in any given semester, they will be charged additional tuition.
Questrom School of Business merit-based financial aid is very limited. Students who have received merit-based scholarships from the School of Law should not expect scholarship awards from Questrom during the semesters in which they take only Questrom classes and pay Questrom tuition.