Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Southwestern-Drucker FAQs


Q: What concurrent-degrees are available to Southwestern students through this collaboration?

A: Students at Southwestern will be able to earn a J.D. and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a J.D. and Master of Arts in Management (M.A.M.), or a J.D. and an Executive M.B.A.* (E.M.B.A.).

Q: Why have Drucker and Southwestern created this partnership?

A: The combination of legal training and management skills is increasingly in demand, and we believe graduates of these concurrent degree programs will find enhanced career opportunities and be able to make a positive difference. And the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, part of Claremont Graduate University, is one of the nation's premier management schools.

Named for management guru Peter H. Drucker and international retailing giant Masatoshi Ito, the Drucker School views management as an art as well as a science. Drucker's curriculum integrates perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines including the social and behavioral sciences, philosophy, the humanities, history, technology, religion and mathematics. The school aims to train effective managers and ethical leaders who make a difference in the lives and institutions they touch by infusing them with high values, defining common purpose, and bringing dignity to human interaction. Like the other Claremont University graduate programs, Drucker is small, with 400 students and 14 core faculty, allowing for a personalized and practical, yet reflective learning experience. Click here for more information on the Drucker School.

Q: What is the advantage of earning these degrees through this concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern students who pursue the J.D./M.B.A. degree can apply 16 units earned at Southwestern to the 60 units required for the M.B.A. They will complete the additional 44 units at Drucker and should be able to complete both degrees within 4 to 4 1/2 years. Law students who wish to earn the J.D./M.A.M. degree can apply 6 semester units completed at Southwestern towards the 32-unit Master of Arts in Management degree. The remaining 26 units will be completed at Drucker. Law students with extensive management experience who wish to earn the 48-unit Executive M.B.A. degree will be able to apply 10 units from their Southwestern courses, leaving 38 units to complete at Drucker.

Q: How long will it take students to earn the two degrees?

A: Most full-time students should be able to complete both degrees in 4 to 4 1/2 years. The length of the program will vary depending on the student's schedule. Part-time students, including those in Southwestern's Evening and PLEAS programs and in Drucker's part-time M.B.A. and E.M.B.A. programs, will generally take longer to complete requirements for both degrees than full-time day students. SCALE® students, because of the particularly intense nature of their program, will likely have to complete the two degrees sequentially.

Q: What is the course of study for the concurrent-degree program?

A: If you are an entering Southwestern or Drucker student, you will spend your first year at Southwestern Law School, taking the 1L coursework. During your second year in the program, you will take the required first-year Drucker courses. The curriculum in your third and subsequent years will include the remaining required courses and electives for both degrees. As part of the M.B.A. coursework, students may use their elective slots to pursue a concentration in Finance, Strategy, Leadership or Marketing or simply take other electives as their interests dictate.

Q: How far apart are the campuses?

A: Depending on where a student lives, he or she could choose to commute from either campus. Drucker is about an hour from Southwestern by freeway or by train. The Drucker campus is walking distance from the Metrolink train station (www.metrolinktrains.com) and the Southwestern campus is walking distance from a Metro Red Line stop (www.mta.net). There are also plans to offer some Drucker courses at Southwestern.

Q: Can third and fourth-year students take courses at both schools concurrently?

A: Yes, depending on their course schedule.

Q: Will any courses be offered online?

A: At this point, no.

Q: Can concurrent-degree students participate in Southwestern's honors programs?

A: Yes, although you may have to defer participation in these cocurricular activities (Law Review, Law Journal and the Moot Court, Negotiation or Trial Advocacy honors programs) until the third and fourth years in the program, after you have taken Drucker's required courses.

Q: Is there an honors program at Drucker?

A: Yes. Students entering the Drucker School may be accepted as Drucker Centennial Fellows and the Doris Drucker Women in Leadership Fellows. These Fellows Programs offer students the opportunity to work with the school's administration in strategic planning, and various research and writing projects, as well as interactions with the Dean and other executives.

Q: Will I be able to participate in externships/internships as part of these programs?

A: Yes, students may participate in Southwestern’s Externship Program and will be eligible for special externships that offer experience in both legal and business settings. Students will also be able to take advantage of the Drucker Career Center, Mentoring Program and Alumni Office, each of which has programs to help students find internships that will expose them to the real-world skills they will need when they leave school.

Q: Will I have access to both schools' career planning offices throughout my course of study?

A: Yes.

Q: May I complete the program at one school and then commence the other program sequentially?

A: Yes.

Q: What happens if I change my mind and just want to pursue one program or the other?

A: No problem. You can withdraw from the concurrent-degree program and complete the degree you want.

Q: Are students in all Southwestern and Drucker programs eligible for the concurrent-
degree program?

A: Yes. Prospective as well as current students in Southwestern's Day, Evening, PLEAS and SCALE® programs may apply along with current and prospective Drucker students and recent alumni.

Q: Can students who have already started law school still apply to the concurrent-degree program?

A: Yes. Students may apply for admission to the concurrent-degree program at any point during law school, but the length of time necessary to complete the two degrees may vary depending on the point at which the student applies.

Q: Can graduates of Southwestern and Drucker apply to the concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern alumni within five years of graduation may apply to the MBA, MAM or EMBA programs and, if accepted, can apply law school credits toward their business degree. Alumni must meet the same admission requirements as other applicants. We also encourage Southwestern alumni, particularly those currently employed, to explore Drucker's EMBA Program. The EMBA degree requires fewer units (48, as opposed to 60 for the MBA), and offers a more flexible course schedule focused around weekend and evening classes. Drucker alumni within five years of graduation may also apply to the JD program and, if accepted, can apply Drucker credits toward their law degree.

Q: What if I graduated more than five years ago?

A: Southwestern alumni who graduated more than five years ago may also apply to Drucker but, if accepted, they will not be able to apply Southwestern credits toward their Drucker degree. Moreover, Drucker will not give special consideration to alumni applicants more than five years post-J.D.

Q: Are there a limited number of spots available in the concurrent-degree program?

A: There is no formal limit, but both schools are looking for students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and a compelling interest in combining business and law.

Q: If I complete the program successfully will I receive one diploma or two?

A: You will receive two diplomas - the J.D. from Southwestern and the M.B.A., M.A.M. or E.M.B.A from Drucker.

Q: What are the admission requirements for the concurrent-degree program?

A: Applicants who are not currently enrolled at either Southwestern or Drucker must follow the standard application procedures and submit the required materials for Southwestern's J.D. Program. Applicants must also schedule an interview with the Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and submit the following: at least one letter of recommendation explicitly addressing the candidate's suitability for the concurrent-degree program; three additional essays, no more than three to five pages total, answering three specific questions; and official GMAT test score(s) - note that the GMAT is not required for applicants who score 155 and above on the LSAT or for E.M.B.A. students. Click here for details.

Q: Who should I ask to write the letter of recommendation and what should it say?

A: Business school and law school are each intense academic experiences requiring a high level of skill and commitment. To assess whether applicants have the ability to complete two demanding degrees, we want to hear from someone who knows you as a student, intern or employee. We urge current business and law students to ask one of their professors at Southwestern or Drucker to write on their behalf. New applicants to either school should submit a letter from a college professor or their current employer. Recommendation letters should address the applicant's academic abilities, interest in pursuing the concurrent-degrees and other qualities or experiences that bear upon his or her qualifications for this program.

Q: Why do you require an interview?

A: Since we want to maximize the likelihood that students accepted into the program will successfully complete both degrees, interviews provide another opportunity to assess an applicant's ability and motivation to pursue the rigorous course of study. Therefore, applicants are instructed to schedule an interview with the law school’s Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in the additional application requirements for the concurrent-degree program.

Q: What are the application deadlines for the concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern reviews applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is April 1, but later submissions will still be considered. The concurrent-degree program's priority deadline is February 15. Students who submit their applications by this date will receive priority consideration for financial aid.

Q: If I am a current Drucker student, do I have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?

A: Yes.

Q: When can I take the LSAT?

A: The LSAT is offered four times a year. The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council and more information can be found at www.lsac.org. Southwestern is an LSAT test site.

Q: If I am a current Southwestern student or recent graduate, do I have to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?

A: The Drucker School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GMAT for current Southwestern students applying for the M.B.A. and M.A.M. programs who are in the top half of their class. The Drucker School will also waive the GMAT for alumni within five years of graduation who were ranked in the top half of their class and for students entering Southwestern in the Fall 2009 term or later who score 155 and above on the LSAT. All M.B.A. and M.A.M. applicants who do not meet these requirements will be required to take the GMAT. E.M.B.A. students are not required to take the GMAT. Scores are valid up to five years from the test date.

Q: When can I take the GMAT?

A: The GMAT is offered frequently. Visit www.mba.com/mba to register and locate a test site. The Drucker School also hosts a Kaplan GMAT Prep Course in the early summer. For more information about this on-campus course, please contact the Drucker School directly.

Q: How much will the concurrent-degree program cost?

A: Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees based on the units they take at each school. These costs are charged by the schools respectively; current tuition rates and fees can be found on each school's website (Southwestern tuition / Drucker tuition).

Q: How will financial aid be handled?

A: A student's "home" school will disburse funds to the other institution during terms of concurrent enrollment. Southwestern will be the "home" school for anyone who starts the program here first; Drucker will be the "home" school for current business students who are admitted to the concurrent-degree program.

Q: If I still have questions, who should I contact?

A: Contact Dr. Molly Selvin, Southwestern's Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs. Complete contact information may be found here.


* J.D./E.M.B.A. may be an option for students with extensive management or related business experience.