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One of the most valuable components of the JD/MBA experience is the quality of the class. University of Toronto JD/MBA students continually remark about the high calibre of their peers. Our students are selected for their outstanding intellectual ability, their professional and personal achievements, their potential for success, and their strong interpersonal skills. You will find yourself challenged and motivated to excel by your classmates - peers who will provide a lifetime network of friends and business contacts.

A Day in The Life of a JD/MBA
The life of a JD/MBA is both demanding and rewarding. Below you will find three excerpts of what life is like as a first year, second year, and an upper year. The truth of the matter is, like anything else, life as a JD/MBA is what you make of it. There will be no shortage of challenging work, social activities, and opportunity. Count on being able to rely on a close group of peers to guide you through whatever experiences you choose to take on.
Life as a First Year (Zack Newton, Class of 2010)
Everyone knows that the first year of law school is, for lack of a better word, busy. Although the JD/MBA students are still a cohesive part of the first year class, we are a small, tight-knit group of friends who share common interests. On an average day, this is where you feel the program most as you discuss assignments, readings and anything else with great people who motivate each other to excel.

When you need advice from someone with a little more experience, there are three classes of students who got through 1L (even contract law), summer job searches and all of the other issues that arise at the Faculty who are always willing to help. In fact, each first year student is paired up with a senior mentor at the beginning of the year to ensure that the classes all mix. This formal structure is great, but ultimately the firm visits, social events and speaker events allow everyone to get to know the students across all four years.

The amiable nature of the program was even more apparent during exam period this year. Law school exams are unique and the hardest part about doing well initially is adapting to the novel format. To help with this problem, the upper year students organized an exam writing skills session where they explained the best techniques for each subject. After about ten minutes all the first year students knew that their approach they had been planning was flawed. By the end of the session, however, we first years were ready to tackle our first set of exams.

Another big advantage for first years is how the program positions you for your first summer. If you are interested in a law job, certain firms exclusively seek JD/MBA’s in the first summer. If big law firms are not for you, the program gives you an extra summer to volunteer or travel. I’m hoping to be selected for an International Human Rights Program (IHRP) internship where the Faculty funds volunteer work in a less developed nation overseas.

I think the single most appealing aspect of the program is the flexibility it gives the first year student. Many of the students who are not in the joint program feel overwhelmed by the narrow path ahead of them. With our program you can still pursue a traditional law career, but there is also the option of finance, banking, consulting or even starting your own company like some of our alumni.

Life as a Second Year (Phillipe Perron-Savard, Class of 2009)
My day starts early, as I have classes at 9 am. I am wearing formal business attire because the JD/MBA Students’ Association has organized a law firm visit that takes place this evening around supper time. Rotman MBA classes tend to be very interactive and so my morning passes very quickly.

JD/MBA students tend to become good friends with one another and I am no exception. Thus, I usually go for lunch with some of my JD/MBA colleagues and relax a little before the next class. After my afternoon session, I go and meet with my study group to work on one of the many assignments that will become due shortly. The work is tough, to be sure, but it is also extremely rewarding to be surrounded by talented individuals who work together to solve a complex business problem. It is also neat to have the first year of law under my belt because it gives me a unique perspective from which I draw upon to help me analyze and solve the problem.

After my group meeting, I join my JD/MBA colleagues to make our way down to one of the many law firm visits organized by the JD/MBA Students’ Association. At the firm I had the pleasure to speak to and network with top practitioners and the recruiting team. After a very interesting visit, I go back home and prepare for tomorrow’s classes. I make sure to stop the work early enough so that I can have time to spend with my friends and family; and, if we are talking about a Thursday or Friday night, I will probably go for some beers at the pub!

Life as an Upper Year (Grant Connor, Class of 2008)
My typical week includes three law classes and two MBA classes. Splitting my time allows me to be in classes with friends at both schools. It has the further bonus that I can take related classes at both faculties and gain a far more comprehensive understanding of topics than non-joint program students.

Despite doing two degrees simultaneously there is far more free time than I was expecting. Every week I have time to train in Kung Fu; play intramural hockey; act as VP Business Affairs for the JD/MBA Students' Association; serve as a mentor for program members; and most importantly hang out with my wife and friends. And yes, I do get all my class work done. If anything the program has enriched my social life, as my best friends are in the program and it has introduced me to incredibly dynamic people in both faculties.

The best part of being an upper year is that you truly start seeing the career opportunities before you. As a JD/MBA there are a myriad of options and opportunities both in law and business. In my year, program members have chosen to work at law firms, go into consulting, become investment bankers and seek out various other jobs. For myself, the program has given me the chance to pursue an entrepreneurial interest.

A day in the life of a JD/MBA is anything you want it to be. There is no shortage of opportunities and interests to pursue. Professionally the JD/MBA degree is one of the most respected degrees you can have. Both at business and law firms it is highly valued due to its comprehensive training. The program has been one of the most phenomenal experiences of my life and I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to ... do it, join the program.