Juris Doctor / MBA

Business and law are intricately related, and one discipline will always complement the other. Our JD/MBA—the oldest of Duke's joint degree programs—can be completed in just 3.5–4 years. You’ll engage in cross-disciplinary study, which gives you the tools to better serve your business clients in a legal setting or to leverage your legal knowledge in a business setting.

About Duke's JD/MBA

Length:
  • 4 years
Expertise in:
  • Contract Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital
  • Corporate Litigation
Career options:
  • Law
  • Consulting 
  • Venture Capital
  • Investment Banking

Admissions Information

  • Prospective students apply to each school independently. In addition to Fuqua's online application, applicants for Duke University's joint JD/MBA degree program complete an application form through the Law School Admissions Council's (LSAC) e-app service.
  • Prospective students typically apply to both schools at the same time.
  • Each school will review your application separately and come together to discuss your candidacy.
  • If you are admitted to one but not both schools, you may reapply to the desired second school later in your academic career.
  • Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other.
  • The application is available in September of each year.
  • While Duke Law students have less work experience, on average, than Daytime MBA students, their legal knowledge and internship experience from the first 1-2 years in law school add unique and valuable perspectives to the MBA classroom.

Application Fast Facts

The JD/MBA program allows you to choose from three sequencing options based on your career goals:

Option One

Gain an advantage for summer internship preparation and recruiting cycles and graduate with the same class you matriculated with at Fuqua.

Schedule

Year 1: Law + law summer internship

Year 2: Law + law summer internship

Year 3: Fuqua + either a business or law summer internship

Year 4: Blended

Option Two

Take advantage of the opportunity to complete two business internships, which will be particularly valuable if you intend to pursue a business-focused job upon graduation. While you won’t be able to graduate with either the business or law class with which you matriculated, you may gain an advantage for building a broader network.

Schedule

Year 1: Law + a law summer internship

Year 2: Fuqua + business or law internship

Year 3: Blended + either a law or business internship

Year 4: Blended

Day-to-Day Schedule

  • Fuqua courses are usually held on a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule.
  • The School of Law’s courses are usually held on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule.
  • Both schools follow different academic calendars and semester schedules. Fuqua semesters are divided into two "terms" each. When scheduling a semester-long Law School course, be sure to consider both of Fuqua's terms so that there will not be a conflict.

Tuition Rate

  • Tuition is a blended average of two tuition rates, paid every semester (regardless of where courses are taken).
  • If you apply to both programs simultaneously, you will pay the blended tuition rate from the outset.
  • If you start at one school and later add the second degree, you will have a one-time tuition adjustment applied in your first semester of the joint degree program.
     

Fuqua Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

  • All admitted applicants are considered for scholarship, and merit scholars are selected by the Merit Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship selection criteria include:
    • Prior academic achievement
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • Level of community involvement
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Professional accomplishments
  • Awards are made independent of eligibility for loans and work-study employment.
  • Merit-based scholarships range from partial to full tuition and are awarded for the 2-year duration of the MBA program so that you can plan for the entire cost of your Fuqua education.
  • If selected to be a scholarship recipient, admitted students will receive notification of the award on the second page of the admit letter.
  • Fuqua has a variety of student loan programs that are available to both domestic and international students.
  • Every applicant is eligible to apply for a combination of federal and alternative student loans to meet their cost of tuition, fees, books, and related living expenses.
  • Learn more about Fuqua's financial aid programs and scholarships.

School of Law Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Financial aid will be processed through the School of Law.
  • All admitted applicants are considered for scholarships, awarded on a merit and financial need basis.
  • Information about applying for Duke Law scholarships will be sent to admitted students after they receive their offer of admission.

Both Law and Fuqua offer robust career services to assist you in finding the right job. Your career goals—law or business focused—may influence your decision on whether to start at Fuqua after your first year of law school (business career focus) or after your second year of law school (law career focus).

Recruiting

Duke Law holds on-campus interviews, or "OCIs." For first-year law students, the OCIs occur during the spring, while the OCIs for second- and third-year students begin before the fall semester. During the search process, Duke Law organizes a few days where firms come to Durham to interview candidates. The interested firms typically invite students back for second-round interviews, at which point a decision is made on an offer. The majority of law students receive their internship offers through this process, often culminating with full-time employment offer at the end of the internship.

Conversely, Fuqua's on-campus networking and recruiting events occur as early as October each year, but the majority of first-year MBA students don’t interview for their summer internships until the spring semester. In many instances, networking—combined with a student's qualifications—determine whether a student is invited for an interview. Candidates usually then go through two rounds of interviews before an offer is given.

In the business school, some students receive their offers off campus, and unlike in law school, many students choose to work full-time for a different company than the one they interned with over the summer.

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Pursuing a Dual Degree

Students connecting with a company representative during the Finance Intensive
A JD/MBA candidate explains how she's leveraging dual Duke degrees to break into investment banking.