JD/MBA Dual-Degree Program

What can the combination of a law degree and an MBA do for you?

Our JD/MBA graduates are pursuing a variety of careers that draw on their depth of legal knowledge and business acumen.

Those who practice corporate law benefit from a more complete understanding of all the business functions and corporate decision making. For those involved in mergers and acquisitions, the greater depth of business knowledge allows them to perform due diligence from well rounded corporate and legal perspectives, asking the right questions, evaluating all of the pertinent information, and making sound decisions.

Some of our JD/MBAs are entrepreneurs who find that the combination of business and legal knowledge has enabled them to develop solid business plans and cut through the legal complexities involved in establishing new entities and protecting intellectual property.

Individuals engaged in real estate at the corporate level benefit from the combined depth of legal and business knowledge. They apply their legal knowledge to many aspects of development and transactions, and their business acumen to ensuring the financial success of their enterprises.

Others are applying their combined legal and business knowledge in still other venues as they pursue their own highly individual goals.

Why Cornell?

The Johnson and Cornell University Law School-both top-tier schools-are deliberately small, and the culture of both schools is exceptionally collegial, authentic, and close-knit. Both foster easy access to a faculty that includes some of the world’s leading experts in numerous fields.

One of the largest Ivy League universities, Cornell University offers a rich combination of classical academic studies with research at the leading edge in the sciences and technologies. In addition, the university fosters knowledge transfer and economic development worldwide, often yielding excellent opportunities for entrepreneurship. Our engaged alumni and faculty share strong loyalties to fellow Cornellians and form an exceptional network for JD/MBAs to connect with others, explore opportunities, and develop exciting careers.

Upcoming Events

Join Admissions Representatives from Johnson and the Law School to learn more about the JD/MBA program at Cornell. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the program and learn about the admissions process and requirements. You will also hear from current JD/MBA students and have the chance to ask them questions about their experience.

There are no scheduled events at this time.


Program Structure and Curriculum

4-Year Dual-Degree Program:

Degrees Awarded:
Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

Application Process:
You can apply simultaneously to both programs. Alternatively, if you are already enrolled in one program, you can apply to the other program any time before graduation.

Program Structure:
Students spend one year exclusively in the JD program taking the first year JD curriculum. They spend another year exclusively in the MBA program for the first year MBA curriculum. Then they take a mix of courses across the Law School and Johnson over the remaining two years to meet the degree requirements of both programs in four years.

Start Date in Johnson:

8 semesters or 4 years


Apply to Johnson.
Apply to Cornell Law School.