Rule XIX: UNH JD/MBA Program

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A. Degree Offered with UNH

  1. The University of New Hampshire School of Law (law school) and University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (business school) offer a Juris Doctor and Master’s of Business Administration (JD/MBA) program.
  2. These rules apply to all students who are enrolled as JD/MBA degree candidates. In addition, except in cases where the rules conflict, all other JD academic rules apply to JD/MBA candidates. Where a conflict exists, these rules shall be applicable. The business school and/or graduate school rules are also applicable to students when they are enrolled in the MBA program.
  3. Students are also subject to the “Dual Degree Protocols” or similar policies that are adopted by the Law School, Business School, and University of New Hampshire Graduate School (graduate school).

B. Admission Requirements

  1.  Prospective JD Students
    A prospective law student may matriculate as a JD/MBA student provided that law school and the business school have accepted the student on the student’s first day of law school.
  2. Matriculated JD Students Application
    Following matriculation as a JD student, a student may apply to the JD/MBA program at any time prior to the end of their second semester.
  3.  Admissions Requirements
    1. The law school’s admission policy applies to all JD applicants; there are no additional law school requirements for admission to the JD/MBA program.
    2. Admission to the business school is governed by its admissions policies, including that:
      1. An LSAT score is required in lieu of a GMAT. In the case where the LSAT is taken more than once by an applicant, the highest score will be considered.
      2. Admission to the MBA program is conditioned on achieving of a B (3.0) average at end of first JD year.
      3. A successful interview with MBA program director is required.

C. Degree Requirements for JD/MBA Candidates

  1. Number of Credits
    To receive the JD/MBA degree, all candidates must successfully complete the minimum number of credits for both the JD and the MBA, complete the required coursework, meet the school’s residency requirement, fulfill all financial obligations to the law school and comply with the law school’s conduct code.
  2. Courses Transferred
    1. The business school will accept 9 Law credits toward the MBA. Courses eligible for transfer from the JD program to the MBA program are1:
      LGP 920Contracts3
      LGP 960Torts3
      LGP 952Property4
    2. The law school will accept up to 12 MBA credits toward the JD, from among the following:
      ADMN 840International Business3
      ADMN 912Managing Yourself & Leading Others3
      ADMN 919Accounting/Financial Reporting, Budgeting, and Analysis3
      ADMN 930Financial Management/Raising and Investing Money3
      ADMN 956Managerial Decision Making3
      ADMN 960Marketing/Building Customer Value3
      ADMN 970Economics of Competition3
      Provided that the grades earned satisfy the requirements of J.D. Rule 1.B and the student is in good academic standing in both programs;
    3. Other classes
      The law school may accept other classes than those noted in 2.B provided that the student’s law school faculty advisor concludes a different course will be appropriate to the student’s educational objectives.
    4. Registration and Transcript Required
      The law school will transfer credits at the beginning of the student’s first full-time semester at the law school subsequent to completing the business school courses in 2.B above, and receipt of the MBA transcript showing successful completion of the business school courses.
    5. Consequence of Program Withdrawal
      If after the law school accepts transfer credits from the business school, the student chooses not to pursue the dual degree, the number of transferred credits shall be reduced from 12 to 8.

D. JD/MBA Program Academic Information

  1. Maximum Number of JD Credits
    In any semester, a student enrolled in the MBA program may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits at the law school however, the student may not enroll in a required JD course or “bar course” while also enrolled in the business school. In no case shall a JD/MBA student’s combined credit load exceed seventeen credits during a semester or any portion of a semester.
  2. Residency Requirement
    JD/MBA candidates shall spend at least 5 semesters in residence at the law school. For the purposes of this rule, any semester in which the student is enrolled in at least twelve law credits, and successfully completes 10, will qualify for residency.
  3. Other Law Program Eligibility
    JD/MBA candidates are eligible to participate in law programs as follows:
    1. Law Review.
      JD/MBA candidates are not permitted to participate in any semester where the candidate is not resident at the law school, unless approved by the Law Review Faculty Advisor and Associate Dean.
    2. Moot Court Competitions and Advisory Board.
      JD/MBA candidates are not permitted to participate in any semester where the candidate is not resident at the law school, unless approved by the Moot Court Board Faculty Advisor and Associate Dean.
    3. Daniel Webster Scholar Program
      JD/MBA candidates must apply at the end of their second semester as instructed by the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Program (the Director), but the candidate must notify the Director that the candidate is pursuing a JD/MBA. The candidate should request that the DWS application be considered following completion of the MBA program.
    4. Independent Study
      Candidates are not permitted to participate in an Independent Study in any semester where the candidate is not resident at the law school, unless approved by his or her law school advisor.
    5. Joint Degree Programs
      JD/MBA candidates are ineligible for the law school’s joint degree programs. However, candidates may choose to pursue an LLM degree offered by the law school following completion of their JD/MBA.
  4. Conferring of Juris Doctor
    A JD/MBA candidate will receive his or her juris doctor upon completion of the degree requirements. Students may participate in graduation ceremony with the class determined by Rule I.C.
  5. JD/MBA Planning and Advising
    1. 1L Students entering as JD/MBA Candidates. By the end of the second semester, JD/MBA candidates will meet with their faculty advisor to plan the course of study. The faculty advisor must approve the plan and then the student must submit the plan to the registrar and the MBA program by June 30.
    2. All other dual degree candidates. Students who enroll in the JD/MBA after their first year of law school must meet with the JD/MBA advisor to determine the feasibility of completing the degree within the timeframe permitted. All JD/MBA candidates covered by this rule shall submit their curricular plan to the appropriate advisor before the start of the semester in which the student will become a dual degree candidate.
  6. Dual Degree Protocols or Policies
    In addition to these rules, additional law school, business school and graduate school requirements for tuition, financial aid, admissions, and grading are specified in the Dual Degree protocols or similar policies. These protocols are available from the Assistant Dean for Students.

Adopted by Faculty 05/15/2014