JD-MBA Joint Degree
The JD-MBA program combines academic grounding, analytical skills, and practical experience, and sets graduates up for success in law or business. Students earn a Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker Law and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management. This program enables students to follow their chosen career path, whether they aspire to be a business leader with legal expertise, or they want to pursue a law career with a solid foundation in management. The program also offers a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, enabling students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world, on-the-ground experiences.
|First Year (Fall and Spring)||Standard first-year law curriculum (Law School only)|
|First Year (Summer)||Minimum 3 Kellogg units plus options Law School electives|
|Second Year||Complete Kellogg's MBA requirements (Kellogg only)|
|Third Year||Complete JD requirements plus options Kellogg electives (Law School and Kellogg*)|
Subject to Kellogg's enrollment and maximum credit policies.
JDMBA students must complete all Kellogg requirements for the MBA plus all Law School requirements for the JD, with the following modifications to the JD curriculum:
Advanced Writing Requirement
JDMBA students may satisfy the writing requirement by completing either a Research Writing or a Professional Writing course, designated as such at the time of registration. Students may not double count a course toward the Advanced Writing Requirement and another graduate requirement, such as Experiential Learning.
The JDMBA program is interdisciplinary by nature; JDMBA students are not required to complete a Perspective Elective course.
JDMBA students may count up to 27 credits from Kellogg toward the JD:
- 1 Kellogg unit = 2.5 Law School credits.
- No more than 12 credits will be applied from non-colisted Kellogg courses (any Kellogg course counted toward the MBA)
- No more than 15 credits will be applied from co-listed Kellogg courses (see list below)
|Students may count up to 15 credits from Core/Elective Courses on this list|
|Core MBA Courses|
|ACCT 430-0||Accounting for Decision Making|
If waived: 1
or ACCT 451-0
|Financial Reporting and Analysis|
Note: ACCT-431 and ACCT-451 will not generate Law credit if taken in addition to ACCT-430
|DECS 431-0||Business Analytics II|
|FINC 430-0||Finance I|
|or FINC 440-0||Accelerated Corporate Finance|
If waived: 1
Note: FINC-431 will not generate Law credit if taken in addition to FINC-430
|MECN 430-0||Microeconomic Analysis|
If waived: 1
|Competitive Strategy and Industrial Structure|
Note: MECN-441 will not generate Law credit if taken in addition to MECN-430
|STRT 431-0||Business Strategy|
|Kellogg Elective Courses|
|Financial Planning for Mergers & Acquisitions|
|Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital|
|NUVention: Medical Innovation I|
and NUVention: Medical Innovation II
|Public Economics for Business Leaders: Federal Policy|
|Public Economics for Business Leaders: State and Local Policy|
|Health and Human Rights|
|Legal Issues in Real Estate|
See Kellogg's waiver policies.