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.

Admissions

There are two application procedures depending on whether or not you are enrolled in the Foster M.B.A. Program as of Autumn 2014. Please review the instructions and deadlines below carefully.

Applicants who are Enrolled in the M.B.A. Program as of Autumn 2014
If you are already enrolled in the Foster M.B.A. Program and wish to be considered for the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program, follow these application instructions:

  • Submit an application to the J.D. Program through the Law School Admission Council.
    • On the application, you will indicate that you are applying for the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program
    • Pay the $60 application fee
    • For your personal statement, please answer and upload this alternative personal statement prompt:
      • Tell us how pursuing a Joint J.D./M.B.A. degree at the University of Washington will assist you in achieving your long-term career goals where pursuing only one of the degrees cannot.
      • 500 words max.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service at LSAC
  • Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to LSAC
  • Letters of Recommendations
    • Letters of Recommendations provided on your application to Foster will be used for purposes of evaluation for the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program. If you would like to submit two separate letters of recommendations, you must submit those letters through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation service. For additional instructions, please visit LSAC's site on letters of recommendations.
  • Submit all application materials by November 15.
All Other Applicants to the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program
If you are not yet enrolled in the Foster M.B.A. Program and wish to be considered for the Joint J.D./M.B.A. Program, follow these application instructions:
  • Review the M.B.A. Application Instructions available at Foster MBA Application Process
  • Submit an application to the Foster M.B.A. Program here.
    • Select "Business Administration - Foster School of Business - Seattle Full-time M.B.A." from the list of programs.
    • Follow the instructions in the application and fulfill the application requirements.
    • In addition to the required M.B.A. application essays, complete the supplemental J.D./M.B.A. essay, which you will find in the MBA application.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service at: www.lsac.org
  • Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to LSAC
    • Please note that this is a separate step from submitting your unofficial transcripts through the Foster MBA application.
    • For additional instruction, visit LSAC's site for requesting transcripts.
  • Letters of Recommendations
    • Letters of Recommendations that you designate in your Foster M.B.A. application will be used for purposes of evaluation for the Joint JD/MBA Program.
  • Submit all application materials by one of the four M.B.A. application deadlines to be considered for fall admission--October 15, November 15, January 15, or March 15.

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 M.B.A. core courses during their first year under the program and start their JD 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.

Mentorship

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.

Career

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:

FAQ

  • Do I need to apply to both schools?
    • Depends. If you are beginning your M.B.A. at Foster in fall 2014, you will have to apply to the J.D. program through the law school. On the JD application, you will indicate that you are applying to the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program. Students will be evaluated in the same way along with other J.D. applicants and the applicant’s expressed interest in pursuing the Joint J.D./M.B.A. degree.
    • For all other applicants, you will apply to the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program through the Foster M.B.A. application. On the Foster M.B.A. application, you will indicate that you are applying to the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program. Both the Foster School and the School of Law will evaluate those candidates based on selective criteria expressed in the application.
  • Do I need to take the GMAT and LSAT?
    • GMAT yes, as the GMAT is required for admission into the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program. LSAT? Maybe.
    • Applicants applying solely to the University of Washington’s Joint J.D./M.B.A. program are not required to sit for the LSAT. However, applicants are encouraged to do so and should be aware that if applicants 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.
  • If I don’t get admitted into the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program, can I be considered for admissions for only the J.D. or M.B.A. program?
    • If you are not admitted into the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program, the admissions committee for both programs will automatically evaluate you for their individual programs as well.
    • Please note that if you are not admitted into the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program, and wish to be evaluated for the J.D. only, you must have taking the LSAT by February of the year you intend to enroll for consideration.
  • Do I have to sign up with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
    • Yes, all applicants to the Joint J.D./M.B.A. must sign up for the Credential Assembly Service through the Law School Admission Council and submit only their undergraduate, graduate, professional and law school transcripts.
  • I have letters of recommendations in the Credential Assembly Service, will I still have to designate recommenders through Foster’s M.B.A. application?
    • Yes you will. And those recommenders will have to submit their recommendation through Foster’s application.
  • How will tuition work?
    • One of the incentives for pursuing the Joint J.D./M.B.A. program is that students are required to pay only one tuition. 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. Current tuition rates.

Contact

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
Email:


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
Email:


Dean
Kellye Testy


UW School of Law

Dean
James Jiambalvo


Michael G. Foster School of Business

Last updated 8/6/2014