The combined JD/MBA program is administered on behalf of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Law by the two Program Directors, one of whom is appointed by the Business School and the other by the Faculty of Law. This combined program is designed for students who envision a career in those areas where business and law interact, and has a maximum enrolment of 10% of the MBA class entering in the spring cohort. The program allows students to complete both the JD and MBA degrees in three academic years instead of the normal four years required if the JD and MBA degrees are taken separately.
Applicants to the combined program must apply separately for admission to the JD and the MBA programs by the deadlines established for the Faculty of Law (November 1) and the Richard Ivey School of Business. A joint committee appointed by the Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business decides whether applicants who are admitted to both programs and who have indicated that they wish to be considered for the combined program will be admitted to it. An applicant may seek admission to the combined program either when applying for admission to the two individual programs or during the first year of the JD program. However, as enrolment is limited, students who apply to enter the program after completion of the first year of the JD program have no assurance that they will be admitted to the combined program.
Students are registered in the combined JD/MBA program for all three years. Upon completion of the combined program, students will receive both an JD and an MBA degree. Below is a brief outline of the program by year. The specifics may change as courses change in each faculty.
|JD/MBA COMBINED PROGRAM OUTLINE
||First-year Law (32 credit hours)
MBA Modules 1 & 2a (6 credits)
||Law 2 – fall term (minimum 14 credit hours) (It is strongly recommended that students take 3 of the 5 required upper year core course curriculum.)
||Jan – April
||MBA Module 2b & MBA electives (4 half credits)
||MBA Module 4 & MBA electives (2 half credits)
||Sept - April
||Law – full course load (29 credit hours)
(Including remaining courses to complete the upper-year core course curriculum, a January Term course, an essay course and 1 independent research half credit from MBA or Law.) Minimum 14 credit hours per term.
Combined Program students must complete:
- MBA core courses, totaling 10.0 full credits;
- MBA electives, totaling 6 half-credit equivalents;
- 1 independent research half credit from MBA or Law;
- Law core courses, totaling 20 credit hours;
- Law electives, including a January term course and fulfillment of the essay requirement. 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 must not include introductory courses of a dual law and business nature such as Law and Accounting or Business Law.
Students enrolled in the combined program may be eligible for a Law exchange in Year Three. Students must ensure that their course load is appropriately balanced before permission will be given to participate in an exchange program.
Students in the combined program must meet the regular progression requirements of the JD and MBA programs.
Failure to Meet Progression Standards
A student who fails to meet the progression standards must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the MBA or JD program will be allowed to proceed in that program, and must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program in order to graduate from that program.
Dean's Honor List
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Faculty of Law during their first year of Law. In subsequent years of the combined program, students who takes Law courses totaling at least 12 credit hours in any year are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Faculty of Law in that year on the basis of those courses. Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List at the Richard Ivey School of Business after completion of the MBA component of the combined JD/MBA program.
Graduation with Distinction/Ivey Scholar
Eligibility is determined by the regulations in effect in the Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business respectively.
Students in the combined program are eligible for the Stephen Watchorn Memorial Gold Medal, and are not eligible for the Gold Medal in the Faculty of Law or the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Tuition fees for the combined programs are set by the University. Contact the Office of the Registrar, Stevenson-Lawson (Moving to new
Student Services Building in Summer 2009), Room 190, (519)661-2100, or at www.registrar.uwo.ca
Eligibility for Honors Designations SR.08-169