Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

February 23, 2009
New Collaboration with the Drucker School Yields Dual Degree Opportunities in Law and Management

Two premier institutions of graduate education in Southern California, Southwestern Law School and The Drucker Graduate School of Management, have joined forces to create dual degree programs that will expand their students' educational options and enhance their career opportunities. Students at Southwestern, located in Los Angeles, and the Drucker School, part of Claremont Graduate University (CGU), will be able to earn a J.D. and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), or a J.D. and Master of Arts in Management (M.A.M.).

Southwestern students who pursue the J.D./M.B.A. degree will have 16 of the units earned at Southwestern applied to the 60 units required for the M.B.A. They will complete the additional 44 units at Drucker. This will enable them to complete both degrees within 4 to 4 1/2 years. (A shorter Executive M.B.A. track may also be an option for students with extensive management experience.) Law students who wish to earn the J.D./M.A.M. degree will apply 6 units completed at Southwestern towards the 32-unit Master of Arts in Management degree. The remaining 26 units will be completed at Drucker. The duration of this dual degree is 4 years.

Students from The Drucker School who wish to pursue the J.D./M.B.A., will have 16 units earned through the Drucker M.B.A. program applied to the 87 units required for the J.D. degree. They will complete a minimum of an additional 71 units at Southwestern. This will enable them to complete both degrees within 4 to 4 1/2 years. Drucker students may choose a curricular concentration such as entertainment law, international law, business law or public interest law at Southwestern after completing the required first-year law curriculum.

Dean Garth with Dean Ira
Jackson of the Drucker School

"This new collaboration presents a splendid opportunity for Southwestern to expand our law students' academic credentials and career opportunities and to encourage promising Drucker management students with a wide range of skills and interests to pursue a legal education at Southwestern," the law school's Dean Bryant G. Garth said. "In the future, our two institutions may also benefit from joint research activities and publications, co-sponsorship of certification programs, seminars and academic symposia, sharing of course materials and curricula, and other cooperative efforts. We look forward to this exciting new partnership."

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management is one of the nation's premier management schools. Named for management guru Peter F. 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. Drucker believes that executive leadership is "a moral endeavor requiring both character and competence - moral courage as well as analytical insight." 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 graduate programs, Drucker is small, with 400 students and 14 core faculty, allowing for a personalized and practical, yet reflective learning experience. Drucker's faculty is recognized as one of the top business faculties in the country, and the school is often cited for its leadership in advancing ethical values and social responsibility. The campus is part of the Claremont College Consortium (CGU, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps and Harvey Mudd), known as "the Oxford of America," located in Claremont, California, about an hour east of Southwestern and in close proximity to the MetroLink train station.

Dean Ira A. Jackson of the Drucker School said, "We welcome this partnership with Southwestern and look forward to substantial mutual benefits for students, faculty and alumni of both Southwestern and Drucker. There seems to be a very nice alignment of values between our two institutions, and a genuine desire for our graduates to not only make a decent professional living but to make a positive difference in society. The combination of legal training and management skills is increasingly in demand, and we believe that the first graduates of these new concurrent degree programs will find substantial opportunities to do well and to do good."

One of the most diverse law schools in the country, Southwestern Law School has an enrollment of 1,000 students in full-time and part-time J.D. degree courses of study, including SCALE, the first two-year J.D. program at an American law school. A new 3/3 program and unique joint J.D./M.A. degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding were recently established in collaboration with California State University, Dominguez Hills. Masters of Laws (LL.M.) programs for law graduates are also offered in entertainment law or individualized studies. The school's 10,000 alumni are members of the legal profession in virtually every state and more than a dozen foreign countries and include members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, governors, the longest serving mayor of Los Angeles, over 200 judicial officers, founders of prominent law firms, and general counsels of multinational corporations. Southwestern has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for curricular innovation and the focus on professionalism and practical lawyering skills. The law school's emphasis on providing a vibrant, student-centered legal education environment is reflected in its award-winning campus that includes the internationally acclaimed art deco Bullocks Wilshire landmark that houses the second largest academic law library facility in California and the Julian C. Dixon Courtroom and Advocacy Center, the most technologically advanced center of its kind. Taking advantage of its location in the center of Los Angeles, Southwestern offers one of the most extensive externship programs in the country and is the home of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Southwestern was founded in 1911 as a nonprofit, nonsectarian independent law school and is approved by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

More information and application procedures for the dual degree programs will be available online at and Questions may be directed to Molly Selvin at Southwestern at or (213) 738-6624, or Christina Wassenaar at the Drucker School, at or (909) 607-7812.

Faculty and administrators from the Drucker School visited Southwestern to meet with faculty and students.