Southwestern and the Drucker School of Management offer an exciting three-year J.D./M.B.A. option. The program is one of only a few at law schools nationwide and the first on the West Coast to offer students the opportunity to earn both degrees in just three years. Students in the SCALE J.D./M.B.A. program acquire both substantive training in law and management as well as hands-on experience in real-world settings.
This three-year option takes advantage of Southwestern's accelerated SCALE® Program, the nation's first two-year J.D. program, and the law school's continuing partnership with the Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Claremont Graduate University is a member of the renowned Claremont Colleges, comprised of seven leading colleges and universities in Claremont, California.
Students in the SCALE J.D./M.B.A. program are advised to spend their first year at Southwestern in Los Angeles, their second year at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont, and their third year taking courses from both schools. The course requirements of the two degrees are satisfied by units that are cross-applied.
During the summers of both the first and second years of the program, students have significant flexibility in tailoring their curriculum to their individual interests. They may choose to acquire practical experience by working for compensation and taking evening or weekend elective courses; pursue a full- or part-time externship; or study abroad in an ABA-approved Summer Law Program, including one of Southwestern's programs in Buenos Aires, London or in Drucker's summer business program at Oxford.
Under the J.D./M.B.A. program, up to 10 units from Southwestern J.D. may be applied to the 48-unit Drucker M.B.A.or E.M.B.A., resulting in 38 remaining units. In addition, up to 10 units from the Drucker M.B.A. or E.M.B.A. may be applied to the 87-unit Southwestern J.D., resulting in 77 remaining units. Students must also otherwise complete the separate requirements for each degree.