UW School of Law/Foster School of Business

Joint J.D./M.B.A. Degree

University of Washington Law-Foster School

The Foster School of Business and the University of Washington School of Law is proud to offer the joint Juris Doctor/Master’s in Business Administration program. This integrated program prepares graduates for the challenges of practice in the 21st century through influential scholarship dedicated to the development of law, legal institutions and policies that advance justice throughout the world.


There are two application procedures depending on whether or not you are a current Foster MBA student. Please note that only the GMAT is required for applicants to the joint JD/MBA degree starting in fall 2014. Applicants, however, are welcome to sit for the LSAT. One consideration for applicants is that If they wish to matriculate or transfer to any law school other than the University of Washington School of Law at any time, students must take the LSAT.

For Foster MBA students who enrolled in 2014
To apply to the joint JD/MBA program, applicants must apply to the JD program through LSAC and register for the Credential Assembly Service and pay the associated fees. On the JD application, you will indicate that you are applying to the joint JD/MBA program.

For all other applicants
To apply to the joint JD/MBA degree, applicants must complete all of the requirements for the Foster MBA application. 1. Under the Program Information section, please select the option for the appropriate Business Administration – Foster School of Business – Seattle program in which you are applying for. Please note that applicants to the joint JD/MBA program are required to submit the JD/MBA Plans essay and upload it through the Graduate School application.
2. Though applicants will not be required to sit for the LSAT, applicants must still register for the Credential Assembly Service through LSAC and pay the associated fees.
3. Applicants will also be required to submit their final official transcript from their degree-granting undergraduate institution to LSAC. This transcript must reflect that the applicant received their bachelor’s degree before starting the JD portion of their degree.

About the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program

The joint J.D./M.B.A. degree is an accelerated curriculum program. Students are encouraged to start the MBA core courses during their first year under the program and start their J.D. curriculum in their second year. In the third and fourth years of instruction, students will complement their studies with additional required courses and elective course offerings in areas of international business, finance, and tax law.

Though most students will complete their joint J.D./M.B.A. degree in four years, students may accelerate their studies by pursuing summer coursework. This allows students to prepare for the February bar examination in most jurisdictions.


Each student in the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree program will be assigned faculty mentors. The mentorship program is to assist students in course and career planning during the students’ time at the University of Washington. At the School of Law, Assistant Dean and Professor Sean O’Connor will serve as a mentor; and at the Foster School of Business, Assistant Dean Dan Poston will serve this role.


The J.D./M.B.A. degree provides students and graduates with the flexibility in both the corporate and legal markets. The Center for Professional & Leadership Development at the School of Law and the Career Services office at Foster provide guidance, coaching, and support for students embarking in their careers. For additional information, please visit the following:


How will tuition work?
Tuition rate is determined by the number of credits students take each quarter. The applicable department's tuition rate applies when the student takes more than 3 credits for that department or college. If they are equal, then the higher rate applies.
Do I need to apply to both schools?
Yes, students must apply for admission separately to both programs. Members of the admissions committees from each school review the application.
Is admission to the J.D./M.B.A. program more competitive?
Just like our J.D. admissions process, we take a holistic approach to file reviewing and selecting candidates.
What if I am accepted into only one of the two programs?
From the J.D. side, students will only be offered admission if offered admission into the M.B.A. program as well.
Do I need to take the GMAT and LSAT?
Candidates are required to submit only the GMAT score; the LSAT is not required to those students only applying to the J.D./M.B.A. concurrent program.
Can I apply for a J.D. or M.B.A. only, in addition to apply for a J.D./M.B.A.?
If a candidate wants to be considered for the J.D. program, even if they are denied admission from the M.B.A. program, they may still apply for the J.D. only.
Are career services offered for J.D./M.B.A. students?
Yes, each school has an active career services office which J.D./M.B.A. students are highly encouraged to utilize.


University of Washington School of Law
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

William H. Gates Hall
Box 323020, Room 231
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.543.4078
Fax: 206.685.4201

Michael G. Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Office of Admissions

Career Management Office
Box 353223, 334 Dempsey Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.543.4661
Fax: 206.616.7351

Kellye Testy

UW School of Law

James Jiambalvo

Michael G. Foster School of Business

Last updated 7/24/2014