Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Graziadio Academic Catalog

Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration

The Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration (JD and MBA) degree program is a joint four-year degree program of the Graziadio Business School and the Caruso School of Law. Applicants for the joint program must apply and be granted admission to both the Business School and the School of Law before beginning coursework at either school. It recognizes the additional skills needed for business people and lawyers alike to be competitive in today’s global marketplace and provides the unique opportunity for students to gain the required knowledge to participate in and face the ever-mounting legal problems that arise as American business expands further into the world market. Students in this program are not eligible to participate in the trimester exchange program unless they extend the length of their program by one trimester.

The joint Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration requires 129 units: 47 units of business courses and 82 units of law courses. The first year of study is to be completed exclusively through the Caruso School of Law with the second-year studies taken at the Graziadio Business School. The remaining semesters of the program are to be taken at the Caruso School of Law. The following is an example of the sequence of studies:

Year 1    
Fall JD Program 15 units*
Spring JD Program 14 units*
Year 2    
Fall MBA Program 15 units
Spring MBA Program 16 units
Summer MBA Program 16 units
Year 3    
Fall JD Program 14 units*
Spring JD Program 13 units*
Year 4    
Fall JD Program 13 units*
Spring JD Program 13 units*

Total: 129 Units

*The number of units completed each term at the School of Law may vary. Students should contact the Caruso School of Law for specific information regarding the number of units to be completed each term.


The business curriculum consists of three components:

Core Courses 31 units
Career Seminar 0 units
Elective Courses 16 units
Total Business Units Required 47 units

The co-curricular courses are designed to enhance student learning in the areas of communication skills; critical thinking; integration and application; values and ethics; job placement and career development. Students will complete two (2) PGBS 501 Co-Curricular Activities (0) and two (2) PGBS 502 Co-Curricular: Executive Speaker Series (0) courses.


1. Career development requirements must be completed before registering for the second year of study.

2. Elective course availability will vary per term based on instructor availability, enrollment, and program needs. Although elective courses are not guaranteed to be scheduled on a regular cycle, students will be provided a choice of relevant options from the program’s elective list during course registration.