The Program

An Integrated Skill Set
The combined JD/MBA Program is part of a long-standing collaboration between the Faculty of Law and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. The program enables students who are interested in the many ways in which the law interacts with the business world to combine graduate training in management with their law degree.

At the completion of the four-year integrated program, the successful student is awarded both the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees which, if taken separately, would require five years of study.

In the first two years, students will experience both faculties like any other JD student would experience law school and any other MBA student would experience business school. Students in the JD/MBA Program complete the first year of either the MBA or the JD program. In year 2, students complete the first year of the other program. The following two years consist of upper year courses from both faculties. JD/MBA students bypass the requirement to have work experience to be accepted to the MBA program.

Requirements

-Achieve a "B" standing from those first year courses taken at the Faculty of Law and a "B+" standing from those first year courses taken at the Rotman School of Management in order to progress to the upper years of the program.
-Successfully complete 45 credits at the Faculty of Law in the third and fourth year of the program, including at least 10 credits that are “management-related”.
-Successfully complete six 2000 level MBA elective courses at the Rotman School of Management in the third and fourth years of the program.

Curriculum
The Faculty of Law’s first-year curriculum includes six core courses which are the same as those found in common law programs everywhere: Legal Process, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Torts. A cornerstone of the first-year curriculum is the small group, which permits all first-year students to study one of the five core courses (Constitutional, Contracts, Criminal, Property or Torts) with a member of the faculty in a small and intimate setting (18 to 20 students). A second significant aspect of the first-year law curriculum is the Perspectives on Law Program (also known as the first-year "bridge program''). The aim of the program is to give students a fuller understanding of the law by enabling them to grapple with important legal issues, and to understand how different perspectives on law illuminate various dimensions of a legal problem. The third distinctive component of the first-year program is the First-Year Global Perspective Elective that permits students to select one of a number of new elective courses which allow them to pursue more advanced work in an area of their choice.

In the second year of the program, students take 21 courses in the MBA program, which is broken into four, seven-week 'mini-semesters'. Core courses are taken in the areas of accounting, economics, management science, finance, organizational behaviour, marketing, strategy, integrative thinking.