Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

November 12, 2010
The Drucker School and Southwestern Launch Three-Year JD/MBA

The Southwestern faculty, in conjunction with the faculty of The Drucker Graduate School of Management, has expanded cooperative concurrent-degree programs to include an exciting three-year JD/MBA option. Beginning this year, Southwestern will be one of only a few law schools nationwide and the first on the West Coast to offer students the opportunity to earn both degrees in just three years.

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 Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University. The law school and business school jointly launched a more traditional four-year JD/MBA program in Fall 2009.

"By blending The Drucker School's unique interdisciplinary management curriculum with SCALE's innovative law curriculum, graduates of this newest concurrent degree program will be well prepared for high-level positions in an increasingly complex global environment," Dean Bryant Garth said.

A trailblazer since 1974, the two-year SCALE program integrates substantive knowledge and professional skills instruction, a model that is just now being incorporated into curricular reforms at many other law schools in response to the call for more practical skills training in legal education. SCALE provides both structure and flexibility in a two-year JD immersion program that enables students to master analytical reasoning and legal writing skills while remaining sensitive to ethical obligations and client needs.

Professor Harriet M. Rolnick, Director of the SCALE Program, points out, "Combining theory and practical skills training in both business and law, the SCALE-Drucker JD/MBA offers the best of both worlds all in one fast-paced, stimulating, cutting-edge program."

Students in the 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 will be 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.

"The continuing collaboration between Southwestern and The Drucker School is a good match because both institutions are leaders in innovative education, and share a similar commitment to diversity and dedication to public service and community," said Academic Dean and Professor of Management Hideki Yamawaki of The Drucker School.

More information about the three-year JD/MBA program will be available shortly. Application procedures for the concurrent-degree program and information about the SCALE Program is available online. Questions regarding the JD/MBA program may be directed to Molly Selvin, Southwestern's Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs.