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Yale School of Management, Law School Create Three-Year Integrated JD-MBA Program

The Yale School of Management (SOM), together with the Yale Law School, announced yesterday the creation of a new Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program that will allow students to obtain both degrees in three academic years.

Unlike similar joint programs available at other schools, the Yale JD-MBA will not require students to take any summer classes, leaving them free to gain work experience in the law and/or business fields during both their first and second summers.
 
The program was designed to prepare students for careers at the complex intersection of business and law. “Students will master analytical and quantitative skills that will be of value for a business law-related practice but also more broadly for careers as entrepreneurs and managers in business and non-profit organizations,” Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh said in a statement announcing the new program.

Students interested in the Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program must first be admitted to the Law School. They can then apply for the joint program in their first year. If accepted to the program, students will spend their second year at SOM and their third year at the Law School. 

The program has been designed to allow participating students to experience the full curriculum and community life at each school. “Both schools have a strong reputation for developing leaders for business and society, and this program allows us to draw more efficiently on the unique strengths of each institution to continue to train such leaders,” Yale SOM Dean Sharon Oster said in a statement. Joint JD-MBA students will graduate with their entering class at both the Law School and SOM.

Yale joins other top schools in offering an accelerated JD-MBA program. The Wharton School announced a similar program this past fall, to begin in September 2009. And Northwestern transitioned from a four-year to a three-year JD/MBA degree program several years ago.

Yale also has a four-year joint degree program, which it will continue to offer as an option. The Yale Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program will be offered for a provisional term of two years, at which point both schools will assess its success and chart its future.

To learn more about the new Accelerated Integrated JD/MBA program at the Yale Law School and Yale SOM, click here.

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