MBA & Juris Doctor

Be an Ethical and Legal Leader

Pursuing a degree in law and an MBA might seem overwhelming, but the combination will open doors. Their specialized expertise makes them a key player in organizations big and small. It's a challenge, to be sure, but you'll be surprised at the paths that are open to you when you've earned a JD/MBA.

The JD-MBA Dual Degree Program was developed for candidates interested in combining their MBA studies with a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. The program format is full-time and takes four years to complete. Both programs are located in Minneapolis on the West Bank Campus. Please be aware that compromises are necessary to complete this dual degree program, especially upon admission into the MBA portion of the dual degree. Students will need to delay opportunities such as law journals, moot court, and some law on-campus interview options, which may conflict with required courses or other required events for the MBA program.

Under this study plan, students begin the MBA program in the fall semester of year two.

More Information About JD-MBA

Dual Degree students must apply separately and be admitted to both programs. Candidates may apply for both programs at the same time, or current Law students may apply to the MBA Program during their first year of study.

MBA Application Dates - Fall Start

RoundSubmission DeadlinesDecision Notification
Round 1October 1November 15
Round 2December 1February 1
Round 3February 1March 15
Round 4 April 1May 15

Deadlines that occur on a weekend or holiday are extended through the next business day. We will review applications beyond our final round deadline on a case by case basis.

For JD-MBA Students, the GMAT or GRE is waived with the submission of your LSAT.

MBA Admissions Requirements JD Admissions Requirements

If the short-term career goal is to be a lawyer, which it often is, JD's will practice after they graduate from law school. There are two ways to think about the JD-MBA. The lawyer who understands business and the manager who understands the law. Many JD-MBAs will say that the MBA allowed them to learn the business lingo, feel comfortable reviewing financial documents and be able to read and understand contracts from both perspectives.

Our JD-MBA graduates go on to combine their legal and business knowledge in fields as diverse as corporate law, entrepreneurship, consulting, and corporate real estate.

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JD-MBA students pay the tuition and fees at the school through which they are registered each semester. Scholarships are awarded separately by each program and are applied when a student is enrolled in that designated program.

All applicants admitted to Carlson are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 

MBA Tuition & Financial Aid JD Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Structure


Fall Semester

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts
  • Legal Writing

Spring Semester

  • Constitutional Law I
  • Property
  • Law in Practice
  • Legal Writing/Statutory
  • Interpretation
  • Elective


  • Electives or Summer Employment


Fall Semester

  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Operations
  • Finance
  • Strategic Management

Spring Semester

  • Leading Others
  • Competing in a Data-Driven World
  • Business Ethics *
  • Leadership Development *
  • Global Experience *
  • Enterprise
  • Electives


  • MBA Internship

*class can be taken in year 2 or year 3


Fall Semester (JD)

  • Electives
  • Writing Requirement
  • Enterprise

Spring Semester (MBA)

  • Business Ethics *
  • Leadership Development *
  • Global Experience *
  • Electives

*class can be taken in year 2 or year 3

Summer (MBA)

  • Electives or Summer Employment


Fall Semester

  • Law Electives

Spring Semester

  • Law Electives

Credit Distribution

To complete in this time frame students will carry a very demanding course load, but with a credit reduction benefit of a dual degree program.  At the end of four years, students will have completed:

MBA = 52
JD= 76
Transfers= 12 per program

Full-Time & Part-Time MBA Programs

Phone: 612-625-5555

Law School

Emily Buchholz
Executive Director, Corporate Institute
University of Minnesota Law School
Law School Dual Degree Information