UW School of Law/Foster School of Business
Joint J.D./M.B.A. Degree
The Foster School of Business and the University of Washington School of Law are proud to offer the joint Juris Doctor/Master's in Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A.) 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.
Applicants currently enrolled in the Foster M.B.A. program as a first-year
If you are currently enrolled in the Foster M.B.A. program as a first-year 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.
- Register for the Credential Assembly Service at LSAC.
- Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to LSAC. For additional instructions, please visit LSAC for requesting transcripts.
- Letters of Recommendation
- Two letters of recommendation are required to the law school and should be submitted through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation service. Students who wish to use their letters of recommendation that they submitted to Foster must still have those recommendations sent separately to LSAC. For additional instructions, please visit LSAC regarding letters of recommendations.
- Submit all application materials by March 15 during your first year at Foster.
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, you must apply to both programs independently and follow each program's application instructions.
To apply to Foster:
- Review the M.B.A. Application Instructions available at Foster MBA Application Process and submit an application to the Foster M.B.A. program through the UW Graduate School's Admissions site.
To apply to the School of Law:
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.
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.
- Do I need to apply to both schools?
- Depends. If you are a first-year at Foster, you will have to apply to the J.D. program through LSAC. 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 both the J.D. program and M.B.A. program independently of one another. You apply to the M.B.A. program through the Foster M.B.A. application and you apply to the J.D. program through LSAC. On the J.D. application you will indicate that you are applying to the joint J.D./M.B.A. program.
- 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. If you are currently enrolled at Foster as a first-year and (1) scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GMAT for the composite score and (2) achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above as calculated by LSAC and/or was ranked at least in the top 10% of your undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work, then you may not need to take the LSAT. All other applicants, will have to take the LSAT as well.
- With that said, all applicants are encouraged to sit for the LSAT 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 taken 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.
- But if you have already had letters of recommendation submitted to Foster, the law school may use those letters if you desire.
- 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.