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        10 Of The Best JD MBA Programs | Tuition Fees, Average GMAT & LSAT

        JD MBA graduates qualify for top jobs across law and management. Here's 10 of the best JD MBA programs with added information on tuition fees, average GMAT, and LSAT scores

        With salaries for corporate lawyers averaging over $140k in the US, it pays to work at the intersection of business and law, and studying a JD MBA program is a good way to get there.

        This joint degree program unites the general management teaching of an MBA with the foundational legal training of a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. 

        While most MBA programs in the US take two years to complete, and most JD degrees a further three, the majority of combined JD MBA programs take only four, allowing you to launch your desired career one year sooner.

        While legal knowledge is useful in any business context, JD MBA programs are especially suited to professionals interested in corporate law settings where business knowledge is necessary to excel, a key example being mergers and acquisitions.

        Aspiring startup leaders should also consider a JD MBA, as the legal knowledge you will gain on the program can help you prepare your business plan and set up a legal entity for your entrepreneurial venture. 

        But before you can reap the benefits, you need to choose your program. Here are the top 10 JD-MBA programs you should consider.*


        10. Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business


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        Length: 3 or 4 years

        Apply: Separately to each program. 

        Median GMAT: 710

        Median LSAT: 171

        Cost: $255,000**

        Applying to the JD-MBA at Cornell is a rigorous process, requiring two separate applications, submitted simultaneously to both the law school and the business school. This means you will need to prep not only for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), but also the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the standardized test required by most law schools.

        Though this sounds daunting at first, the hard work is well worth it. Students on the JD-MBA at Cornell have the option to accelerate their learning with a three-year program, gaining an additional JD qualification with only a year more study than a traditional MBA degree.

        On the three-year program at Cornell, students take a mix of law and business courses across all three years.

        The four-year program is more traditional, with students focusing first on law, then business, then mixing the two programs in their final two years.


        9. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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        Length: 4 years

        Apply: Separately to each program. 

        Cost: $277,000

        Average GMAT: 726

        Median LSAT: 166-9

        In the JD-MBA at Berkeley Haas, students spend their first two years focusing on law and their third in business classes. The final year is spent on business electives and law modules.

        Throughout the program, JD-MBA students have access to the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, which runs frequent events and initiatives to support learning around entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

        Examples of the groups available at the Center include Startup@BerkeleyLaw, whose programming focuses on issues facing early-stage companies, and the Women In Business Law Initiative, where students of all gender identities can connect with peers and mentors through meetings, conferences, forums, and lectures.


        8. NYU Stern

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        Length: 4 years

        Apply: Using one joint application that is evaluated independently by each school, complete with an LSAT or GRE.

        75th percentile LSAT: 174

        Cost: $294,000

        The JD MBA program at NYU Stern follows the traditional JD MBA schedule: two years at the School of Law, followed by a third year on the MBA program at NYU Stern. The fourth year’s courses are divided between the two schools.

        Not only do students benefit from the buzzing atmosphere of studying in New York City, but the business school offers a broad range of business specializations. These include entrepreneurship, entertainment and media, luxury and retail, real estate, social enterprise, and more.

        This access to specialized business teaching makes Stern a prudent choice for students pursuing a career in industries outside the traditional MBA bracket of consulting and finance.


        7. Yale School of Management

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        Length: 4 years

        Apply: Separately to each program. 

        Median GMAT: 730

        Median LSAT: 174

        Cost: $291,000

        The JD MBA program at Yale follows the same schedule as the programs at NYU Stern and Berkeley Haas. In their final year, students complete a mix of electives from both schools as well as other faculties within the university. 

        Yale foregrounds its commitment to conscientious business, with 14% of its incoming class coming from the non-profit sector.

        During the MBA portion of their teaching, JD MBA students can engage in a global study course, which they may choose to spend on a nonprofit consulting project. 

        The Law School also houses centers for research integrity and transparency, global health justice, law and racial justice, and more.


        6. University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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        Length: 3 or 4 years

        Apply: Using one joint application with either the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT.

        Median GMAT: 740

        Median LSAT: 172

        Cost: $324,000

        Chicago Booth offers students the chance to accelerate their JD MBA program whilst packing in significant work experience.

        On the three-year program, students focus on law for their first year, then undertake a law or business internship alongside two business courses in the summer. In their second year, they pursue a mix of business and law courses followed by another internship, before focusing solely on law in their third year.

        Alongside their law and business teaching, Booth students benefit from an added emphasis on leadership through the Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) class.

        LEAD classes run throughout the MBA and JD portions of the program and focus on building students’ understanding of their leadership styles, challenges, and priorities, which helps them develop a personalized leadership development plan for their time on the program. 


        5. Stanford Graduate School of Business

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        Length: 4 years

        Apply: Separately to each program, using your second MBA essay to make your case for a joint degree. The law application requires either an LSAT or a GRE, and the MBA either a GMAT or GRE.

        Average GMAT: 738 

        75th percentile LSAT: 175

        Cost: $283,000

        Students on the Stanford JD MBA have two options for how to complete their studies. 

        The first is to split their teaching roughly equally between law and business, with the first two years focused primarily on legal study and the latter on management.

        The second is to spend their first two years on law and business respectively, then mix their modules for the final two years.

        In another school, this might make for an isolating experience, as changing your course schedule could mean you graduate out of sync with your cohort. However, around 20% of the current Stanford MBA class are dedicated to dual degrees during their MBA, meaning you will have support from other students as you complete your studies.

        Though the university’s excellent academic and extra-curricular offerings could benefit any student, the JD MBA at Stanford is perhaps best suited to career switchers and entrepreneurs. Up to 65% of Stanford MBA grads pivot their careers post-MBA, and $1.4 billion in startup capital has been raised by students who have graduated within the last five years.


        4. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

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        Length: 3 years

        Apply: Using a joint application with a GMAT score. You will also need to register with the Law School Credential Assembly service (CAS).

        Average GMAT: 727

        Cost: $295,000

        After one year of law study and one year of business teaching with internships each summer, JD MBA students at Kellogg dive into a mix of electives with the law school as their home base.

        As well as gaining a legal qualification, students can also choose to major in one of seven areas during their time on the MBA, selecting from accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and managing organizations.

        On top of this, they are also able to pursue global experiences through both the law school and the business school, which includes working on challenges for international organizations with the business school’s Global Lab. 

        Aspiring startup leaders have a slate of opportunities at Kellogg, for instance working at an incubator with the Venture Lab or providing provide legal and strategic consulting to small businesses with the university’s Entrepreneurship Law Center.


        3. Harvard Business School

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        Length: 4 years

        Apply: Separately to each program. Law applications require either a GRE or LSAT, while business applications require a GRE or GMAT.

        Median GMAT: 730 

        Median GRE for MBA: 163 verbal, 164 quant

        50th percentile GRE for JD: 167 verbal, 165 quant

        50th percentile LSAT: 174

        Cost: $294,000

        Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School are two of the most highly respected learning institutions in the world.

        The Harvard MBA in particular is known for its large class size of over 900 students, which is broken up into more intimate “Sections” of around 100 students. With this setup, students can create a network that is both broad and deep, with a large international cohort to mingle with and a smaller support system to study alongside.

        As well as excellent academics, Harvard also has a strong record for entrepreneurship, with more than 50% of graduates creating ventures.


        2. Columbia Business School

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        Length: 3 years

        Apply: Using a joint application with a GMAT score. An additional LSAT score is optional. 

        Average GMAT: 729 

        Median LSAT: 174

        Cost: $331,000

        Given the accelerated structure of the Columbia Business School JD MBA, with one full year dedicated to each discipline and the final combining the two, it’s perhaps not surprising that there is less room for exploration than on the usual MBA degree.

        However, Columbia makes sure that students still have opportunities to broaden their horizons. The school offers JD MBA students the option to “test out” of core modules and take elective modules in their place, and all law students must complete a minimum of 40 hours’ pro bono service to graduate.

        Finally, in addition to connecting with their cohorts across the two faculties, JD MBAs can also take advantage of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, where they can access a program of events specifically designed for students and alumni of the JD MBA program.


        1. The Wharton School

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        Length: 3 years

        Apply: Using a joint application during round 1 or 2, with a GRE or GMAT score. You must also register with LCAS.

        Average GMAT: 733

        Tuition and fees: $319,000

        With a JD MBA at the Wharton School, not only do you get access to an accelerated program, but you will also be studying on the best MBA program in the world according to the Financial Times.

        The cross-disciplinary program features business courses designed specifically for the JD MBA program, which are undertaken in the summer after the first year of legal study. In the second and third years of the program, students take a combination of business and law courses plus a JD-MBA capstone course.

        In the 2023 Wharton class, there are 18 JD MBA students, while the class at large represents over 80 countries. It is a particularly welcoming environment for women, as 52% of the MBA and 55% of the JD cohorts are women. 

        Unsurprisingly for the top-ranked MBA program globally, post-graduation employment prospects are good. Compensation for the class of 2021 ranged from $130k to $165k, with median sign-on and guaranteed bonuses of $30k.


        *This list comprises the top 10 MBA programs ranked by the FT that offer a JD MBA option ; **Cost figures for all the JD MBA programs are estimates of total cost. Actual cost may differ.


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