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TJSL's JD/MBA Program With SDSU

Published: January 20, 2012

On Wednesday, January 18, the Career Services Office invited students to gather information about the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and San Diego State University College of Business Administration combined Juris Doctor-Master of Business Administration (JD-MBA) Program. The program allows students to earn both a law degree and a master's in business administration at the same time. Erik Nelson 1L attended the session and said, “The meeting provided a guide as to how to accomplish the application process for the JD/MBA program and the significant knowledge that can be gained by obtaining these degrees concurrently.”

In just eight semesters, students can earn a Juris Doctor (JD) from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from San Diego State University. Director of Career Services Beverly Bracker explains, “The objective of the concurrent degrees program is to prepare students who are competent in both law and business administration for advanced practice in many areas where the fields converge.” SDSU representatives told students the Graduate School of Business at SDSU offers some of the most innovative and extensive business programming in the nation. And students who participate will be able to choose from more than 130 different courses in the MBA program. “I found the meeting to be informative,” said Kevin Furgal 1L. “I believe that getting the JD/MBA would be beneficial to a successful career in business. It is efficient to get both at the same time because several classes overlap.” Bracker says, “A key benefit to students in the concurrent JD/MBA program is that they can complete both degrees in a shorter period of time than completing the degrees sequentially.” Students with a non-business undergraduate degree will spend their first year in the JD program at TJSL and the second year at SDSU. Classes will be taken at both institutions the last two years of the programs. Each institution grants credit for up to 12 units taken at the other school, thus eliminating at least one semester or more of the time it would normally take to complete these two programs separately. A minimum of 30 units and a maximum of 48 units are required for the MBA degree. A minimum of 88 units are required for the JD degree. For more information, contact Beverly Bracker, Director of Career Services, at