Academics

The JD/MBA Program emphasizes a traditional core curriculum with elective concentrations focused on real-world business cases and emerging areas of the law.

Students acquire a solid foundation in business strategy and operations and a thorough understanding of the legal environment in which business functions.

The curriculum includes core business disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, operations management, economics, project management, data mining, and statistics. Law School coursework includes business law, environmental law, international law, intellectual property and white-collar crime.

Given the variety of our graduates’ career paths, the curriculum is designed to be both broad and outstanding in all of its components.

Degree Requirements

Students may complete the JD/MBA program in four years or less. Regardless of the timetable chosen, all students must meet the following degree requirements:

  • 114 semester hours
    • 75 hours at the School of Law
    • 39 hours at Manderson School of Business
  • In meeting additional credit hour requirements, both programs accept credit from the other
    • The Law School transfers an additional 15 MBA hours toward the JD.
    • The MBA program transfers an additional 18 law hours toward the MBA.

The Accelerated JD/MBA
As of 2007, the Law School allows students in the joint JD/MBA program to complete the degrees on an accelerated basis, by taking 20 credit hours during the summers.

The Four-Year JD/MBA
Students in the four-year JD/MBA program spend the first year at the Law School, the second year in the business school, and the third and fourth years taking classes in both programs. Some students, however, enroll in the four-year joint program after their second year in law school.

For more information about the Accelerated and Four-Year academic tracks, please contact the Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Law School Advisor for the JD/MBA program, at carrington@law.ua.edu, or Patricia Wilson, Director of Admissions and Student Services for the Manderson School of Business, at pewilson@cba.ua.edu.

Curriculum and Timeline

Four-Year JD/MBA

Program Year

Hours (fall and spring semesters)

Courses

First Year

31 hours at the Law School

  • Introduction to the Study of Law
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research/Writing I
  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Research/Writing II

Second Year

30 hours at the Business School

  • Concepts for Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Theory
  • Statistics for Business Applications
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Decision Modeling & Business Intelligence
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management Information Systems
  • MBA Elective

Third Year

Hours vary

Law electives

Fourth Year

Hours vary

Mix of law and business electives, including the following 9 hours of MBA classes:

  • Business Policy
  • Management Communication
  • Global Business

 

Note:  In any semester that a student is taking more Business School coursework than Law School coursework, the student will be classified as a graduate student and subject to a 15 credit hour limit per semester.

Courses eligible for transfer credit

Both programs accept credit from the other in meeting degree requirements. i.e., the Law School accepts 15 MBA hours toward the JD, and the MBA program accepts 18 law hours toward the MBA (see below)

Hours Transferred for Joint JD/MBA Student:

15 hours of credit from the MBA Program apply to JD graduation credits for students in Joint JD/MBA Program.

GBA 525 Business Policy 3 hours
FI 504 Financial Management 3 hours
MIS 511 Management Information Systems 3 hours
MGT 542 Management Communication 3 hours
MKT 518 Survey of Marketing 3 hours

Joint JD/MBA Students are allowed to transfer 18 Law School credits to the MBA Program from the following courses:

LAW 683 Administrative Law 2-3 hours
LAW 729 Advanced Corporate Tax 2-3 hours
LAW 758 Agency and Partnership 2-3 hours
LAW 705 Alternative Dispute Resolution 2-3 hours
LAW 684 Antitrust Law 2-3 hours
LAW 724 Banking Law 2-3 hours
LAW 727 Bankruptcy 2-3 hours
LAW 777 Bankruptcy Litigation 3 hours
LAW 737 Business Bankruptcy 2-3 hours
LAW 778 Business of Being a Lawyer (PDF) 1 hour
LAW 614 Business Crimes 2-3 hours
LAW 615 Business Ethics Seminar 2 hours
LAW 784 Business Fraud: Crimes and Torts 2 hours
LAW 784 Business Fraud Seminar 2-3 hours
LAW 645 Business Organizations 3 hours
LAW 685 Business Planning 2-3 hours
LAW 665 Community Development Clinic 2 +2 hours
LAW 628 Consumer Protection 2-3 hours
LAW 722 Copyright Law 3 hours
LAW 765 Corporate Finance 2-3 hours
LAW 703 Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions 2-3 hours
LAW Disability Law 1-3 hours
LAW 721 Employment Discrimination 2-3 hours
LAW 702 Environmental Law I 2-3 hours
LAW 771 Environmental Law II 2-3 hours
LAW 696 Health Care Law 2-3 hours
LAW 815 Health Care Liability 2-3 hours
LAW 689 Income Tax Business Entities 2-3 hours
LAW 675 Insurance Law 2-3 hours
LAW 671 International Business Transactions 2-3 hours
LAW 763 International Environmental Law Seminar 2 hours
LAW 666 International Trade and Investment Law 2-3 hours
LAW 783 Labor Arbitration 2-3 hours
LAW 676 Labor Law I 2-3 hours
LAW 723 Law and Economics 2-3 hours
LAW 835 Patents 3 hours
LAW 661 Payment Systems 2-3 hours
LAW 643 Personal Income Tax 3 hours
LAW 766 Real Estate Development & Finance 2-3 hours
LAW 670 Real Property Security 2-3 hours
LAW 776 Sales Law 2-3 hours
LAW 662 Secured Transactions 2-3 hours
LAW 709 Securities Regulation 2-3 hours
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: Comparative Law and Economics Seminar 2 hours
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: Entrepreneurship 2 hours
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: Private Equity/Venture Capital 1 hour
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: Off Shore Financial Transactions 2 hours
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: Crisis Management 2 hours
LAW 748 Special Problems in Corporate Law: A Merger Transaction 2 hours
LAW 752 Trademarks & Unfair Competition 2-3 hours
LAW 816 Transactional Drafting 2 hours
LAW 758 Unincorporated Business Entities 2-3 hours
LAW 631 Workplace Law 2-3 hours
LAW 697 Worker’s Compensation 2 hours

Courses not listed above may be eligible for the joint JD/MBA program curriculum with the approval of Grace Lee, Law School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Brian Gray, Manderson Graduate School of Business Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. The Law School and the Manderson Graduate School of Business reserve the right to make changes to the required and elective courses.

Real World Experience

While classroom learning is a vital component of the program, Alabama’s Joint JD/MBA track also places heavy emphasis on experiential learning.

During the course of study, students will engage in real-world case studies and special projects during the school year and through summer internships, both of which will allow students to test their newly-acquired legal and business skills.

Previous students have provided new business process consultancy and competitive analysis for organizations including:

  • Proctor & Gamble
  • FedEx
  • International Paper
  • Accenture
  • Southern Company
  • The American Red Cross, and many others.