Yale University has offered a joint JD/MBA degree program as a pilot since 2009, but after nearly a year of review the faculty at Yale Law School have voted to make the three-year accelerated program permanent. Yale School of Management‘s Deputy Dean for Faculty Development Andrew Metrick says the SOM will likely approve the program, according to an article in Yale Daily News.
The university also offers a traditional four-year JD/MBA degree, but the accelerated curriculum allows students to graduate with both business and law degrees in six semesters; has no summer coursework requirement; and is among the shortest JD/MBA tracks in the nation. Students who pursue the accelerated joint-degree spend one year in the SOM and two in the Law School.
Though pursuing a joint degree prevents students from taking a wider array of elective courses, law professor Jonathan Macey LAW ’82, who sat on the review committee, tells Yale Daily News the academic sacrifices students must make to earn the two degrees ”” which normally take five years to earn independently ”” are not substantial given the benefits of a focused business-law education.
Students interviewed in the article feel that the joint degree will adequately prepare them to take on careers in either law or business. While acknowledging the reduced coursework, one student points out that no matter how much you study, it’s not possible to completely prepare for what comes next once you’re out of school.