Southwestern and The Drucker and Graduate School of Management have expanded their cooperative concurrent-degree program offerings to include an exciting three-year J.D./M.B.A. option. The new program is one of only a few at law schools nationwide and the first on the West Coast to offer students the opportunity to earn both degrees in just three years. Students in the SCALE J.D./M.B.A. Program acquire both substantive training in law and management as well as hands-on experience in real-world settings.
This new three-year option takes advantage of Southwestern's accelerated SCALE® Program, the nation's first two-year J.D. program, and the law school's continuing partnership with The Drucker School, part of the Claremont Graduate University, one of the top management graduate schools in the country.
Students in the SCALE J.D./M.B.A. program will spend their first year at Southwestern in Los Angeles, their second year at The Drucker School in Claremont and their third taking courses from both schools. The course requirements of the two degrees are satisfied by units that are cross applied and by specially-designed externships and joint courses that incorporate classroom instruction in law and management with hands-on skills training.
During the summers of both the first and second years of the program, students have significant flexibility in tailoring their curriculum to their individual interests. They may choose to acquire practical experience by working for compensation and taking evening or weekend elective courses; pursue a full- or part-time externship; or study abroad in an ABA-approved Summer Law Program, including one of Southwestern's programs in Buenos Aires, London or in Drucker's summer business program at Oxford.
Under the J.D./M.B.A. program, up to 16 units may be cross-applied between Southwestern and Drucker. Additionally, new courses to be team-taught by Southwestern and Drucker faculty, along with special joint externships, offer students in this three-year program an integrated law and business curriculum as well as hands-on training. These joint offerings count toward the total units required for both the JD and MBA degrees (87 units required for the J.D. and 60 units required for the M.B.A.); students otherwise complete the separate requirements for each degree.