Dual Degrees


Notre Dame law students have several opportunities to combine the study of law with another academic discipline, earning two degrees at the end of their course of study. These dual-degree programs include the JD/MBA., the JD/MA in English, and the JD/Master of Engineering.

Enrollment in these programs requires the student to apply to and be admitted by both the Law School and the particular graduate program. Students who wish to pursue dual-degree programs different from these three may do so with the permission of the Law School and the appropriate graduate program.

Three-Year JD/MBA Joint Degree Program

Students enrolled in Notre Dame’s accelerated three-year program can earn both a JD and an MBA in a total of three years. For example, a joint-degree student in the three-year program who matriculates in Fall 2014 will be able to graduate in May 2017 with both JD and MBA degrees.

As with Notre Dame’s four-year joint-degree JD/MBA program, the three-year program requires students to apply independently to both the JD program and the MBA program. In addition, however, students applying to the three-year program also must meet the requirements for participation in Notre Dame’s one-year MBA degree program.

Law students in the three-year program must complete the same number of credits for their MBA as required for students who are only participating in the one-year MBA degree program (currently 46) but may count up to 11 Law School credits toward this total. Joint degree students would also be required to complete 90 credits for the JD degree, toward which up to 15 MBA credits may be counted.


  • JD program Application information
  • Application information for the one-year MBA degree program
  • Students accepted into both programs may take the one-year MBA summer courses during the summer after either their first or second year of law school.
  • In their first year of studies, students will enroll in the normal 1L curriculum at Notre Dame Law School.
  • After the summer in which they take MBA courses, students will take a mix of Law School and MBA courses.
  • To receive both JD and MBA degrees in three years, participating students must complete:
    • 75 credits from Law School courses (including 1L and other required courses)
    • 35 credits from MBA courses (including summer and other required courses)
  • Interested students with any questions regarding the program or application process are encouraged to call the NDLS Admissions Office at (574) 631-6626 or e-mail lawadmit@nd.edu.

Four-Year JD/MBA Joint Degree Program

In 1970, the Law School and the graduate division of the University’s Mendoza College of Business introduced a combined four-year program of study leading to the degrees of juris doctor and master of business administration. Students in this dual-degree program divide their time between the Law School and the Mendoza College of Business, studying the full curriculum of both schools. The reduction by one year of what normally would be a five-year program of study is achieved by allowing certain common courses and some elective courses to count toward both degrees.

A student in the joint JD/MBA Program will be required to complete successfully 75 hours of Law School courses and 48 hours of MBA courses to receive the respective degrees. The Law School will accept 15 credit hours of MBA courses toward completion of the JD degree. Concurrently, the Mendoza College of Business will accept 16 credit hours of law courses toward the MBA degree requirements.

The MBA program is under the direction of the graduate division of the Mendoza College of Business. The business curriculum combines an intensive study of basic business disciplines with the decision-making experience of case analysis in a unique enterprise workshop and emphasizes a close working relationship between faculty and students.

Students who wish to participate in the joint JD/MBA program must be accepted for admission by both the Law School and the graduate division of the Mendoza College of Business.

You may obtain more information about the MBA program from the MBA Admissions Office and
via http://business.nd.edu/MBA/Academics/Joint_MBA_Programs/.

JD/MA in English

In 1991, the Law School and the Department of English instituted a program that allows JD students to earn an MA in English. To complete the MA, students typically take 21 hours of English courses and count nine hours of courses within the JD curriculum toward the MA degree. Normally, program participants would pursue the non-research MA; those who opt for the research MA must also complete an additional six hours of thesis research.

Since the Law School allows nine hours of electives, program participants may complete nine of the required 21 hours of course work in English during the regular three-year course of study toward the JD degree. The other 12 hours may be completed by enrolling in the University’s summer sessions, by enrolling for an additional semester after completing the JD degree, or by a combination of these two options. Upon admission to the program, the student creates a program of study with the advice of the director of graduate studies in English and the assistant dean for students in the Law School. The program of studies is coordinated by the Graduate School.

The program is open only to students already admitted to the Law School. Program participants must be admitted to the program through the procedures of the Graduate School and the Department of English.

To apply, please contact the Graduate School.

JD/M. Engineering

The dual degree program in engineering and law is designed for law students who are interested in pursuing careers in patent, environmental, telecommunications or similar law specialties. The dual degree program can be completed in three (3) years and upon completion students will receive both a JD and Master of Engineering. The engineering degree will have a concentration in one of the engineering disciplines offered by Notre Dame’s division of engineering (e.g., electrical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering). Candidates must complete a minimum of ninety-nine (99) credit hours, including seventy-five (75) hours in law and twenty-four (24) in the engineering program.

To be eligible for admission, students must (i) have a bachelor of science in an ABET accredited engineering or computer science program (ii) take both the LSAT and GRE, and (iii) be accepted for admission by both the Law School and the Graduate School’s Division of Engineering. Students must apply to both the Law School and the Graduate School’s Division of Engineering.

For an application, please contact the Graduate School.

Other Dual Degrees

Where appropriate and with the approval of the department involved, other dual-degree programs may be fashioned to suit individual interests or needs. Typically, approval for such programs requires consultation with the assistant dean for students in the Law School and the appropriate administrator in the other graduate department or program. For information, please contact the Graduate School.


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