JD/MBA & Accelerated JD/MBA

Students and faculty affiliated with Duke Law School and The Fuqua School of Business have many opportunities to collaborate on issues at the intersection of law and business. Students who are particularly ambitious and focused in this area may apply to both the JD and The Duke MBA through a single application that is reviewed by each school separately.
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Course of Study

Students who are admitted to both degree programs may choose to begin their studies either at Duke Law School or at the Fuqua School of Business. The JD/MBA can be completed in four years, rather than the five it would take to complete each degree separately.

A typical course of study might begin with the first year curriculum at the Law School, followed by the first year curriculum in The Duke MBA, and then two years of classes selected from both schools, with approximately two-thirds of the courses taken in the law school. However, other students may spend their first year at the business school and their second at the law school, or the first two years at the law school and the third at the business school. This flexibility is typical of the opportunities in the JD/MBA program.

Accelerated JD/MBA option

Typically, JD/MBA students will complete both degrees in four years (eight semesters) of study. However, with careful course scheduling, some students are able to complete their JD/MBA in three and a half years (seven semesters). Students who pursue this option are attracted by the opportunity to get a head start on their entry into the job market. There's no need to commit yourself to the accelerated JD/MBA option during the application process; you can explore the possibility during your first year of study at Duke.

JD/MBA Careers

JD/MBA students have a wide range of career options, whether they choose to pursue legal practice informed by a deeper understanding of business and finance, work in finance or management drawing on their legal expertise, or some other combination of the two disciplines. Three summers for both legal and business employment and internships allow students to gain experience in both fields. And they can take full advantage of the resources and advice of both Duke Law's Career Center and the Duke MBA Career Management Center.

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Course of Study

Students who are admitted to both degree programs may choose to begin their studies either at Duke Law School or at the Fuqua School of Business. The JD/MBA can be completed in four years, rather than the five it would take to complete each degree separately.

A typical course of study might begin with the first year curriculum at the Law School, followed by the first year curriculum in The Duke MBA, and then two years of classes selected from both schools, with approximately two-thirds of the courses taken in the law school. However, other students may spend their first year at the business school and their second at the law school, or the first two years at the law school and the third at the business school. This flexibility is typical of the opportunities in the JD/MBA program.

Accelerated JD/MBA option

Typically, JD/MBA students will complete both degrees in four years (eight semesters) of study. However, with careful course scheduling, some students are able to complete their JD/MBA in three and a half years (seven semesters). Students who pursue this option are attracted by the opportunity to get a head start on their entry into the job market. There's no need to commit yourself to the accelerated JD/MBA option during the application process; you can explore the possibility during your first year of study at Duke.

Applicants for Duke University's JD/MBA dual-degree program may complete a single form through the Law School Admissions Council's e-app service that will serve as their applications to both The Duke MBA and the Duke University School of Law. Each school will review the application separately and make an independent decision on admission to its degree. Applicants who receive offers of admission from both schools prior to matriculation at either school generally begin the JD/MBA in the JD program.

Applicants who are admitted to one school but not the other may reapply to the other school later in their academic career at Duke. Likewise, students who matriculate at one school without applying for the JD/MBA may complete the JD/MBA application in their first year of study (or second for law students). Please note that admission to the other program is not guaranteed at any time.

2014-2015 Application

Please be sure to review the detailed application instructions as you complete the form. (Available below and in the LSAC application.)

Application Fee

The application fee is $70.The non-refundable payment must be submitted electronically with the application.

Automatic fee waivers: If you received a waiver of the fees associated with taking the LSAT, your application fee will be waived automatically when you go to checkout and submit the application.

Need-based fee waivers: Download the Fee Waiver Form, submit the completed form in its original format by email (admissions@law.duke.edu). Fee waivers are granted one-time-only. If you were granted a fee waiver for a previous application, you would not be eligible. We will be unable to consider requests received after February 15. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. A decision on your need-based fee waiver request must be received prior to submitting the application electronically, so plan ahead. If you submit the application prior to receiving a decision, the request will be denied. Notification will be provided by email.

We also extend merit-based fee waivers based on the results of periodic searches of the LSAC Candidate Referral Service (CRS). To be considered in the pool, be sure your CRS account is active, your intended enrollment year is set correctly, you have either a self-reported or LSAC-calculated GPA, and LSAT score.

Application Deadline

The Duke MBA admissions process has several application rounds. JD/MBA applicants must submit their applications in the Early Decision, First, or Second round of MBA admissions. The deadlines available to JD/MBA applicants for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle are listed below. A complete application, including the online application, essays, recommendations, GMAT or GRE, LSAT, and, if applicable, ESL test scores, must be submitted via LSAC by 5:00 p.m. EST on the specified deadline date for the round in which you are applying.

EARLY DECISION:

Application Deadline September 17, 2014
Interview Period September 8-October 14, 2014 (Durham); October 9-16, 2014 (off-campus)
Decision Release E-mail October 29, 2014
Deposit and Official Transcript Deadline December 2, 2014
Visa Paperwork Deadline March 3, 2015

ROUND 1:

Application Deadline October 20, 2014
Interview Period December 1-9, 2014 (Durham); November 24-December 9, 2014 (off-campus)
Decision Release E-mail December 19, 2014
Deposit and Official Transcript Deadline February 19, 2015
Visa Paperwork Deadline March 3, 2015

ROUND 2:

Application Deadline January 5, 2015
Interview Period February 12-25, 2015 (Durham); February 9-25, 2015 (off-campus)
Decision Release E-mail March 13, 2015
Deposit and Official Transcript Deadline April 28, 2015
International Deposit and Offical Transcript Deadline April 20, 2015
Visa Paperwork Deadline April 27, 2015

A second non-refundable tuition deposit for applicants admitted in all rounds must be received by the Fuqua Admissions Office by June 15, 2015.

The Duke MBA Early Decision option is ideal for applicants who have completed their program research and have decided that Duke is the best program for them. Applicants admitted in the Early Decision round must submit the $3,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit to Fuqua and a $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit to the law school, along with official transcript(s), by December 2, 2014. In addition, any applications submitted to other schools must be withdrawn upon an offer of admission from The Duke MBA. Similarly, once an offer of admission has been received, applications to other schools may not be submitted.

Financial Aid Consideration

The Law School

Duke Law School awards scholarships both on the basis of merit and on the basis of merit plus financial need. All admitted students are eligible for scholarship consideration. Information about applying for Duke Law scholarships will be sent to admitted students after receiving an offer of admission.

The Duke MBA

The Duke MBA makes financial aid available in the form of merit-based scholarships and through various student loan programs. Merit scholarship recipients are selected by the Admissions Merit Scholarship Committee.

The criteria for selection include prior academic achievement, demonstrated qualities of leadership, involvement in the community, extracurricular activities, and professional accomplishments. These awards are for the two-year duration of the MBA program and range from partial tuition to full tuition.

The Duke MBA merit scholarships are awarded on a two-year basis to enable applicants to plan for the entire cost of a Duke MBA education. There is no funding for new awards in the second year. Thus, students who enroll without scholarship funding should not anticipate an award for the second year of the program.

The merit scholarship awards are made independent of determining a student's eligibility for student loans and work-study employment. Every admitted applicant is considered for a merit scholarship. If selected for a merit award, a scholarship letter will be included in your admission packet.

A variety of student loan programs are available to both domestic and international students enrolled at the Fuqua School of Business. Students are eligible to apply for a combination of federal and alternative student loans to meet their cost of tuition, fees, books, and related living expenses as estimated in the cost of attendance.

Résumé and Essays

Résumé: You must submit a one-page résumé with your application. This should include your complete educational history, honors received, all work experience, and all school and community activities in chronological order.

Essay 1: In no more than two pages, please tell us why you are interested in Duke's JD/MBA. We are interested in your experiences to date, how they have prepared you for this course of study, and in your short- and long-term career goals.

Essay 2: In no more than two pages, please describe how your non-work activities, background, and personal history would enhance the experience of other Duke law and business students, and contribute to the diverse student culture at both schools.

The essays and all other writing samples must be your own work. This means that the ideas and expressions originated with you, and you wrote all drafts and the final product. It does not preclude asking family members, friends, prelaw advisors, and others for proofreading assistance or general feedback. All essays are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Duke MBA Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Recommendation Letters and Evaluations

Required Recommendation Letters: You must submit two recommendation letters through LSAC. The LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service is included in your CAS registration and will accept generic and school specific letters. References from friends, family friends, and relatives are discouraged. Professors who have personal knowledge of your academic performance and potential should write your letters of recommendation. If you have been out of school for some time, you may substitute letters from employers or others who are well acquainted with your personal traits and intellectual potential. A signature is required on all recommendation letters, preferably on letterhead. NOTE: LSAC will not release the information contained in the CAS Report without the two required recommendation letters.

Direct Letters to Duke: Additional letters may be submitted through LSAC or mailed directly to the Duke Law School's Office of Admissions. LSAC will accept a maximum of four letters assigned to Duke Law School. There is no maximum number of letters that may be submitted directly to Duke Law School.

LSAC Evaluations: Our experience shows that the level of detail provided in a letter of recommendation is most helpful in assessing the strength of a candidate. Therefore, we request only letters of recommendation, and do not accept the LSAC evaluations.

Academic Transcripts

All applicants must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). CAS information is available online at LSAC.org. Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted directly to the CAS.

Foreign Transcripts

Duke Law School requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the CAS if you received your degree from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, or if you completed the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada. This service is included in the CAS registration fee. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSAC CAS report. Log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about foreign transcripts can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.

Previous Law School or Business School Matriculation

If you attended another law school or business school, you must include an addendum to explain why you did not complete the program as well as a letter from your law school or business school indicating your dates of attendance, reason for withdrawal, and academic standing.

Supplemental Material

If you wish to send additional material after submitting your application, forward the material directly to our office by e-mail (admissions@law.duke.edu) or postal mail (Office of Admissions/210 Science Drive/Box 90393/Durham, NC 27708). Include your full name and LSAC account number for identification purposes. The following guidelines should be used for scans so that your message can be successfully received:

  • Black and white, or grayscale
  • 200 dpi
  • If saving as an image, use JPEG format

If your e-mail attachment is lengthy, it may be more beneficial to submit a 1-2 page summary by e-mail or submit the material by postal mail.

Bar Admission

We recommend that you investigate the rules governing bar admission in the jurisdictions where you intend to practice. Information about bar admission requirements may be obtained by contacting the appropriate state board of bar examiners.

International Students and Visa Applications

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should indicate their country of citizenship in Section 2 of the application (Demographic Information). When admitted students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents submit their tuition deposit and admission acceptance form, they will receive information about applying for a Duke-sponsored F-1 visa. They will be required to submit copies of their passports, previous visa documents, and proof of financial support. Duke University policy states that graduate and professional students who are not in lawful immigration status will not be enrolled. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@law.duke.edu).

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please read the following instructions carefully before completing the application.

1: Biographical

Complete this section in full.

2: Demographic Information

Complete this section in full.

3: Contact Information

Complete this section in full. Submit updates to your contact information directly to the Office of Admission by e-mail (admissions@law.duke.edu, application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu).

4: Decision Cycle

Select the decision cycle in which you would like to have your application reviewed.

Early Decision: Early Decision applications must be submitted by September 17, 2014. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted September 8-October 14, 2014 in Durham and October 9-16, 2014 off-campus. Decisions will be released on October 29, 2014. Admission under the Early Decision program is binding; applicants also are required to check the Early Decision Certification checkbox on the application. Candidates who are admitted to only one of the dual degree programs are not bound by their Early Decision commitment.

Round 1: Round 1 applications must be submitted by October 20, 2014. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted December 1-9, 2014 in Durham and November 24-December 9, 2014 off-campus. Decisions will be released on December 19, 2014.

Round 2: Round 2 applications must be submitted by January 5, 2015. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted February 12-25, 2015 in Durham and February 9-25, 2015 off-campus. Decisions will be released on March 13, 2015.

5: Program Entry

Please indicate the terms during which you would begin the JD and MBA programs (or, if you are already enrolled in one of the programs, the term in which you began). Applicants who receive offers of admission from both schools prior to matriculation at either school generally begin the JD/MBA in the JD program. JD/MBA students may begin their MBA studies after either one or two years in the JD program.

6: Prior Application

Complete this section in full. If you applied previously to Duke Law School, please indicate the year(s) for which you applied for admission. For previous MBA applications, answer yes only if you submitted an application for admission between July 2013 and May 2014. Reapplicants to The Duke MBA are required to complete the Reapplicant Essay (use the MBA Reapplicant Essay attachment).

7: Standardized Testing

LSAT

Provide the dates you took or will take the LSAT. All applicants should take the LSAT no later than December 2014. LSAT scores earned prior to June 2009 will not be considered. Duke considers all LSAT scores that are submitted, in the context of the entire application (transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, evidence of leadership and engagement, and other information). In the case of multiple test scores, data show that the average score is generally the most useful in predicting law school performance; however, we may place greater weight on a high score if the applicant provides compelling information about why that score is a better indication of his or her potential. If you feel that one or more of your test scores does not accurately reflect your ability or potential, explain this disparity in a separate attachment. Contact LSAC to request information about the LSAT at 215.968.1001 or LSAC.org. Duke does not waive the LSAT requirement.

Notify the Duke Law School's Office of Admissions by e-mail if you plan to retake the LSAT after you have submitted the application. We will place a hold on your file so that it will not be evaluated until the new score is available. If you do not request to have your file held, the new score may not be considered.

GMAT/GRE

Joint-degree applicants must submit either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to fulfill the testing requirement. Scores for both tests are valid for five years from the date of the test. The test must be taken before the deadline of the round in which you plan to apply. If you took the test in a previous year, you should request that your scores be sent to Duke. Allow at least four weeks for the Office of Admissions to receive scores.

GMAT: Official score reports must be sent to the Duke MBA Office of Admissions directly from the test administrator, Pearson VUE. For information on how to register for the GMAT or request scores, please visit www.mba.com. Please use the Fuqua code Q13-N5-32 on your GMAT exam.

GRE: Both Verbal and Quantitative subscores reported must be from the same testing date. For information on how to register for the GRE or request scores, please visit www.ets.org/gre/. Please use the Duke program code 5156 on your GRE exam.

English Language Proficiency

All international applicants who did not earn an undergraduate degree from a school whose primary language of instruction is English, must submit a valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. This requirement is waived for international applicants holding non-technical 2-year Masters or non-technical PhDs from colleges or universities where English was the language of instruction. Please note that the full course of study for either degree should have been completed in English to qualify for a waiver.

All test scores are valid for two years. The test must be taken prior to your application round deadline. Allow at least 4 weeks for test scores to be delivered to Fuqua.

TOEFL Scores: Official TOEFL score reports must be sent to the Duke MBA Office of Admissions directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use The Duke MBA—Daytime (full-time) program code 5156 on your TOEFL exam. For information on how to register for the TOEFL or to request test scores, visit http://www.toefl.org

PTE Scores: Official PTE score reports must be sent to the Duke MBA Office of Admissions directly from Pearson Vue. For information on how to register for the PTE or to request test scores, visit www.mba.com.

IELTS Scores: Official IELTS scores must be sent electronically to the Duke MBA Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. More information about the test is available at www.ielts.org.

8: Education

You are required to provide information on your high school and all post secondary schools attended.

9: Employment

Complete this section in full. Use the Employment Addendum attachment to provide additional information about each employer.

10: Military

Complete this section in full.

11: Family

Complete this section in full.

12: MBA Information

This section asks for additional information that is particularly important to the application review process for The Duke MBA. Please answer all questions in full.

INTERVIEW: In the early fall, The Duke MBA will host an Open Interview period on campus from September 8 to October 14, 2014 in Durham, NC. Prospective students may register on our website at www.fuqua.duke.edu. During our open interview period only, you may request an interview in Durham, either during or outside of a scheduled campus visit. All Early Action applicants located within the U.S. should plan to travel to Durham during the Open Interview period to complete their interview. No interview invitations will be extended for applicants residing in the U.S. unless they live on the West Coast. If you interview during the Open Interview period you will not be asked to interview again through the Invitation Only selection process.

If your interview is not conducted in Durham, NC during the Open Interview season, your interview will be scheduled by invitation only. For Early Action Applicants, invitation only interviews will be extended during the last half of the Open Interview season, and will ONLY be extended to applicants residing on the West Coast of the U.S., and to applicants residing Internationally, as all other applicants are expected to travel to Durham. For Round 1 & 2 applicants, if invited, you will have the option to interview in Durham or in a number of cities around the world. We encourage all applicants to select Durham as their interview location as it is the best way to learn about The Duke MBA and experience our culture. If you visit campus to interview during our open interview period, please specify the date of your interview on the application. If interviewing in Durham is not feasible, please select The Duke MBA interview hub most convenient for you. If you are invited to interview, you may travel to that location or to Durham, NC, during the interview period specified for your round of admission. Please see the Application Deadline section above for specific dates. All interviews are valued equally, regardless of venue selected.

If there are extenuating circumstances that will prohibit you from conducting an interview in one of the listed locations on the posted interview dates, please send a brief explanation to admissions-info@fuqua.duke.edu. The Duke MBA Office of Admissions will review your explanation to determine whether or not you qualify for an interview exception. Please note, interview exceptions are granted on a limited basis and typically only in the events of military deployments, medical emergencies, and for applicants living or working in remote locations.

Please note that our Campus Visit Program, which offers tours, class visits, a Q&A session with an Admissions Officer, and lunch with current students, will be offered throughout the academic year. We strongly encourage you to seize this opportunity to visit campus and to learn more about our program and community. You may register for these activities, open to all prospective students, via our website at www.fuqua.duke.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Please indicate if you wish to be considered for financial aid funding from the indicated sources. Please note the restrictions and requirements for each. Each admitted applicant will be considered for a limited number of merit-based scholarships from the Fuqua School of Business; there is no separate scholarship application form.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS: Please indicate which, if any, of the indicated accreditations you hold. You may check as many as apply.

HEALTH SECTOR MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: A certificate within The Duke MBA, the Health Sector Management program offers students world-class training in business management and cutting-edge knowledge of the complex and multifaceted health sector. Our students pursue specialized health-related interests in fields such as service delivery, consulting, financing, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. If you are interested in the Health Sector Management Certificate program at Fuqua, please specify that and address your interest in Essay 1. Please note: by specifying your interest in the HSM program, you will be expected to attend the HSM Boot Camp prior to the start of your MBA program. Should you later decide that you are no longer interested in pursuing the HSM certificate program, you will be responsible for contacting the Duke MBA Office of Admissions, at application-processing@fuqua.duke.edu, so that we may remove the HSM indicator from your file.

COURSE CONCENTRATIONS: If you are interested in specific course concentrations offered at Fuqua, you may indicate them on the application. You are not required to select a concentration, and may select no more than two.

CAREER FOCUS: Please indicate your most recent career focus and future career focus in each of the indicated categories.

13: Character and Fitness

Duke Law requires that you reveal knowledge of all disciplinary charges, and any arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions (except arrests, criminal charges or criminal convictions that have been expunged from your record). When in doubt, you should err on the side of full disclosure as subsequent discovery of a failure to fully and accurately answer these questions may have serious consequences. You have an ongoing obligation to report any conduct that would require you to answer "yes" to any of the questions in this section during the pendency of your application. If you are admitted, the obligation to report conduct applicable to the questions in this section continues until your first day of class at Duke Law School.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you will be required to provide an explanation. Include details, the current status of any disciplinary action or judicial sanctions, and the final resolution of the issues involved.

If you answer yes to Question 3 (disciplinary action) in this section, you will be required to have the dean, registrar, department supervisor, judicial officer, or academic officer with access to official records from your institution submit a letter directly to the Duke Law School Office of Admissions providing complete information about the incident.

14: Certification

Applications will not be processed without an electronic signature agreeing to the conditions and certifying that the information is true and complete. You are obligated to notify the Office of Admissions immediately of any change in the information provided.

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Office of Admissions
Duke University School of Law
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Durham, NC 27708-0393
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E-mail admissions@law.duke.edu
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Mike Pisetsky" [The JD/MBA program] gives you, in each field, a good way of attacking problems in the other. You can approach a business problem, in addition to the standard tools that any MBA would bring, you have this set of knowledge around the law and issue-spotting, the way law school teaches you to think."

– Mike Pisetsky JD/MBA '08

 

John Duffy" The JD/MBA has provided me with a very unique graduate experience. To supplement a corporate law education with a business education has provided me with a well-rounded education and will help me to better serve my clients in the future."

– John Duffy JD/MBA '09

View course schedule examples for the JD/MBA program