J.D./MBA, Law


Law + Business = Opportunity

The College of Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. Students must complete their first year of law school and earn a cumulative 2.9 GPA to be approved and matriculate into their selected joint degree program. For a joint degree in business administration, you will earn 72 law credits plus 42 approved MBA credits. Both programs must be completed within four years. Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to the College of Law does not guarantee admission to the Whitman School MBA program.


“Choosing to do the dual J.D./MBA program was a great choice for me. It allowed me the advantage of having business knowledge in my career as an attorney. I will be able to understand situations from an entirely different perspective and will be able to provide better and more services to my clients."

-Laura Daniels, J.D./MBA ’19


The J.D./MBA joint program requires a total of 114 credits to complete both degrees. 

When pursued separately, 141 total credits are required.

Year 1

Fall and Spring Semesters

Completion of the traditional J.D. year one program

MBA Year-One Core





Year 2

Spring Semester

MBA Year-One Core

MBA Electives

Summer Recommended

Law or Business Internship







*Represents a sample schedule and may vary on an individual basis.


College of Law Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Up to Three Letters of Recommendation
  • All Undergraduate Transcripts (sent through the LSAC CAS)
  • LSAT Exam Score
  • COL Application Deadline: July 15

MBA Application Requirements*

  • Internal Application
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Official GMAT or GRE Score Report
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score Report**
  • Admissions Interview at the Discretion of the Committee
  • MBA Application Deadlines: Nov. 30, Jan.1, Feb. 15 and April 19


*Students pursuing this joint degree will not apply for the MBA until they are in the first year of law school.

**For international students who have studied in the U.S. for less than four years


Career Opportunities

Earning degrees from the College of Law and the Whitman School take superior critical and analytical skills — and a passion for learning. Some of our recent graduates have accepted positions at the following companies and organizations:


Job Titles:

Director, Risk Management

Corporate Counsel Investment

Banking Management Consulting

Attorney/Associate (tax law, labor law)

Banking/Commerce Law

Patent Law

Real Estate Law




Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

CRC Health Group

The DAK Group


Kurtzman, Carson Consultants, LLC

Government NGOs and Law Firm


Contact Information:

College of Law

Kathy Fox

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management




Whitman School of Management

Mary E. Collier 

Executive Director, Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment