Double your education and maximize your career potential with a joint degree program in business and law at Willamette University.

The MBA / JD program combines the respected resources of Willamette University’s College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Willamette’s program is the only joint MBA / JD  program in the United States to have triple accreditation for law (American Bar Association), business (AACSB International), and public management (NASPAA).

The program allows students to receive both degrees within four years of full-time study, instead of the five years it would take to earn each degree separately.  Candidates for the joint degree program must apply and be admitted to both the Willamette University College of Law and the Early Career MBA program of Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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The Program

During the first two years of the joint degree program, students complete one academic year in the MBA program and one in the law program. The academic year in the Early Career MBA program includes a combination of MBA core and elective courses.

During the third and fourth years, students are concurrently enrolled in the law and Early Career MBA programs and are able to focus the majority of their studies on their individual interests. Student will complete a minimum of 6 MBA elective courses. Generally, third and fourth-year MBA / JD students will take two-thirds of their courses at the College of Law and one-third at the Atkinson School.

The MBA program offers the following career areas of interest:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Public Management
  • Quantitative Analysis

The College of Law offers the following practice areas of interest:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental/Natural Resources
  • Estate Planning
  • Government
  • Individual Rights
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

At the end of the program, graduates receive both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Maximum Career Potential

The MBA / JD program’s triple accreditation gives its graduates a leg up in the marketplace, especially in the areas of corporate law, trust administration, tax law, regulation, public sector management, entrepreneurial ventures, consulting and private legal practice. In addition, the MBA program’s emphasis on experiential learning provides graduates with the skills they need for success.

About Willamette University

Willamette University is one of the nation’s oldest academic institutions. Willamette University’s campus in Salem, Oregon, is spacious and beautiful. The location offers the advantages of one of the nation’s most livable cities (population 131,000), and easy access to the professional and recreational resources of the Pacific Northwest.

The College of Law has been a pioneer of legal education in the western United States. With its strategic location across the street from the state Capitol complex, the College of Law is situated in the midst of Oregon law, government and business.

The Early Career MBA at Willamette University is a national leader in early career MBA education. The MBA program has been selected as one of the top 58 programs for preparing MBA’s for social and environmental stewardship by “Beyond Grey Pinstripes.”

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