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YLS and SOM to Offer Accelerated JD-MBA Program

Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management (SOM) have announced the creation of an Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program that will enable students to earn both degrees in three years. 
The new combined program in law and business is unique in that it offers the two degrees in three academic years (six semesters), without the need for summer classes. It is designed primarily for students interested in business law but will be useful in a variety of settings involving business and management.

“The program will prepare students for the increasingly complex intersection of business and law,” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh. “Students will master analytical and quantitative skills that will be of value for a business law-related practice but also more broadly for careers as entrepreneurs and managers in business and non-profit organizations.”

Students in the Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program will be fully immersed in the required curriculum and community life at each school and will graduate with their entering class at both the Law School and SOM. During the two summers, students are free to gain valuable experience in law or business related positions.

Students can apply to enter the Accelerated Integrated JD-MBA program during their first year of Law School. Once accepted to the program, the second year will be spent at SOM and the third year at the Law School.

Yale School of Management Dean Sharon M. Oster commented, “We are excited to be partnering with Yale Law School to provide this accelerated JD-MBA program. Both schools have a strong reputation for developing leaders for business and society, and this program allows us to draw more efficiently on the unique strengths of each institution to continue to train such leaders.”

Yale Law School and the School of Management will continue to offer the existing four-year joint degree program as an option. The accelerated program will initially be offered for a provisional term of two years, after which both schools will jointly assess the program’s success factors and future course.