Structure of the Program
The combined program is administered on behalf of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Law by the two HBA/JD Program Directors, one of whom is appointed by the Richard Ivey School of Business and the other by the Faculty of Law.
Admission to the Combined Program
Students are registered in the combined program for Years Four to Six. Below is a brief outline of the program by year. The specifics may change as courses change in each faculty. It is assumed that students do not take more than two years of course work prior to beginning HBA1; however, it is possible to undertake the combined program with more than ten credits prior to HBA1.
Students must apply to the Faculty of Law for admission to the combined program. They may apply after they have been admitted to the HBA program until May 1 following completion of HBA1. Early applicants may be granted conditional admission. All applicants must meet Faculty of Law admission requirements.
Years One and Two
All students must complete at least two years of full-time university courses obtaining 10 full credits. Students may take a wide variety of courses in any faculty and are discouraged from taking a business or commerce program. However, they must take Business Administration 2257.
All students must take the HBA1 year in Year Three.
Year Four - Combined Program
Year Five and Six - Combined Program
All students must take first-year Law in Year Four. They may not take any business courses during this year.
Students will take an approved mix of required and elective courses from both faculties in these years. In the HBA Program, students must take all HBA2 core required courses including the Ivey Client Field Project/New Venture Project plus two half course equivalent Business electives. Students must take courses in Law totaling 45 credit hours. These courses must include the two compulsory upper-year courses, at least three core-group courses, and a course requiring a written essay worth at least two credit hours.
Students' choices of elective courses are subject to the approval of the Program Directors who must review proposed elective course selections to ensure that the objectives of the program are met. The elective courses may not include introductory courses of a dual law and business nature such as Law and Accounting or Business Law.
Students enrolled in this combined program may be eligible for exchange programs through either faculty in Year Six.The student must satisfy both Program Directors that his or her course load is appropriately balanced before permission will be given to participate in an exchange program.
Students in this combined program must meet the following progression standards. Students enrolled in first-year HBA (Year Three) must attain a standing in the top half of the HBA1 Class. Students enrolled in first year Law (Year Four) must attain a standing in the top half of the Law first year class. In Years Five and Six, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000 level HBA courses and a B average in their Law courses.
Failure to Meet Progression Standards
A student who fails to meet the progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Law program will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If the progression standards of both individual programs have been satisfied, the student may continue in either program and may petition the School or Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program, and wishes to pursue either or both of the individual programs, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).
Dean's Honor List
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Business School during their first year of HBA and at the Faculty of Law during their first year of Law.
Students enrolled in Years Five and Six of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Business School in Year Six only. Only grades obtained in 4000 level courses will be used in calculating averages for determining Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honors List for HBA2 typically includes the top 25% of all of the class and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Those who stand on the Dean's Honors List over all 3000 and 4000 level courses taken at the Business School at the completion of the concurrent program will graduate as Ivey Scholars.
A student who takes Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in each of Years Five and Six of the combined program is considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Faculty of Law in that year on the basis of those courses.
Graduation with Distinction
Eligibility to graduate "with distinction" for each degree is determined by each Faculty.
Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs. Contact the Office of the Registrar, Stevenson Lawson Room 190 (Moving to new Student Services Building in Summer 2009), 519-661-2100, or at www.registrar.uwo.ca for details.