Academics

Students in the JD/MBA Program experience a traditional core curriculum in business and law combined with electives that build an understanding of business strategy and operations, and the legal environment in which businesses function.  Given the variety of our graduates’ career paths, the curriculum is designed to be both broad and outstanding in all of its components, allowing students to explore everything from real-world business cases to emerging areas of the law and more.

Degree Requirements

JD/MBA students must complete 114 semester hours to graduate with the JD/MBA degree.  Pursued separately, the JD degree requires completion of 90 semester hours and the MBA program requires 48 semester hours.  This means that traditionally, it would take a student five years to pursue both degrees, but through the JD/MBA Program, students obtain both degrees in just four years.

While enrolled in the JD/MBA Program, 75 hours must be completed at the School of Law and 39 hours at the Manderson Graduate School of Business.  Both programs accept credit from the other in meeting degree requirements.  To do so, the School of Law allows 15 hours earned in specified MBA classes to count toward the JD degree requirement, and the MBA program allows 18 hours earned in specified classes at the School of Law to count toward the MBA requirements.  All other graduation requirements of the School of Law and the Manderson Graduate School of Business must be met.  Students in the JD/MBA program work with both the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Manderson Graduate School of Business to determine which classes count dually and to plan a course of study as they pursue their degrees.

Timeline

Students in the 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.

Additional Course Opportunities

Of course, classroom learning is a vital component of the Program, but JD/MBA students also have great opportunity to participate in 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. This opportunity prepares them for traditional legal and business positions, while also providing them with added flexibility to move between law and business, or to adapt to nontraditional interdisciplinary positions.

Alabama Law offers a wide variety of joint degrees for students interested in business. Additional degrees include the JD/LLM with a concentration in Tax Law or the JD/LLM with a concentration in Business Transactions.  The presence of the LLM courses at the Law School offers a unique opportunity for JD students interested in business. In addition to taking the regular business-related courses that are part of the JD curriculum, JD/MBA students may also enroll in up to 12 hours of coursework from the LLM curricula, providing them with an expansive array of business-related elective courses.

Curriculum

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.