Students in the concurrent-degree program may choose a curricular concentration in one or more areas or pursue a more general law and management curriculum. Concentrations include media and entertainment, non-profit management/public interest law and transnational corporate governance. Other concentrations offered through The Drucker School are strategy, finance, marketing, leadership, global management and nonprofit management.
Managing and Counseling in the Media and Entertainment Industries
The Southwestern-Drucker J.D./M.B.A. is the first concurrent-degree program in the country to provide a focus on media and entertainment, and draws on Southwestern's internationally known Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Located at the heart of the global entertainment industry, the law school has an outstanding entertainment and media-oriented faculty. Southwestern graduates occupy important positions within a broad range of entertainment and media companies and with law firms specializing in the representation of entertainment clients. These alumni also serve as mentors for J.D./M.B.A. students. The curriculum recognizes that the highly legalized business environment of these industries requires managers capable of building legal analyses into managerial strategy. The management curriculum highlights the issues of entrepreneurship that relate to the complex legal environment and also the unique management challenges of the artistic community. Specially-designed externships in positions close to the leaders in these industries help develop skills and knowledge, as well as build relationships with industry managers.
Nonprofit Management and Public Interest Law
This program draws on Southwestern's role in training public interest lawyers as well as Drucker's tradition of promoting social entrepreneurship in local and global nonprofit organizations. The concentration focuses on the business and legal aspects of managing the nonprofit enterprise, including the marketing, fundraising, financing and accounting necessary for sustaining growth and creating change within the nonprofit sector. Students build skills in the following areas: organizational, board and financial governance; legal and intellectual property issues; management and administration; leadership; and organizational development. Southwestern has long provided training in nonprofit law through a variety of courses and has extensive ties with the nonprofit world through longstanding externship relationships and placements linked to Southwestern's Public Interest Summer Grant Program. The J.D./M.B.A. program also connects students to leading legal service providers and public interest entities such as Bet Tzedek, Public Counsel, and the Alliance for Children's Rights; and the externships focus on positions where the issues involved in managing these entities and nonprofits are especially salient.
Transnational Corporate Governance
This concentration provides students with the tools to manage globally in an environment where legal norms and institutions are increasingly important. The program highlights corporate governance issues both at the local and transnational levels - issues central to raising capital for companies around the globe - and explores other key international issues including human rights concerns, which can be crucial in shaping the long-term growth of a global business. The program covers the basics of business law and offers externships at leading international law firms, in major businesses in the Los Angeles area and beyond, and at international organizations such as Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court at the Hague; a student-run law journal; various international-oriented student organizations; a moot court team that focuses exclusively on international law; and academic exchange programs with countries all over the world. For those in search of a deeper global perspective, Southwestern also offers popular semester and summer abroad opportunities in Argentina, Canada, England and Mexico.