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Darla Moore School of Business


As business and law become increasingly interconnected, the Darla Moore School of Business and the School of Law at the University of South Carolina offer a cross-disciplinary opportunity to pursue a joint JD/International MBA or Joint JD/one-year MBA, which saves time by having students enroll in both programs concurrently.

Joint degree JD students complete their first two years of law school before starting MBA coursework in year three.  This opportunity allows you to complete the JD/one-year MBA in 3.5 years, and the JD/International MBA in 4 years.

Joint Law/MBA Programs Degree Timeline

  • Year 1: Law school (August-May) and summer clerkship(s) (May-August).
  • Year 2: Law school (August-May) and summer clerkship or internship (May-late June). Students must be ready to start the MBA programs cohort by late June.
  • Year 3: Start MBA core at the Moore School (July-December). One-year MBA students - complete MBA core graduation requirements and joint study. Graduate from the Moore School (January-May). International MBA students - complete chosen functional electives and joint study (January-May), complete corporate internship (May-August). 
  • Year 4: One-year MBA students - complete and graduate law school (August-December). International MBA students - begin language track courses or global track courses, take classes at the Moore School (electives) and joint study to complete and graduate law school (August-December). In-country language immersion (January-March), complete graduation requirements at the Moore School (March-May).

An approved plan of study is required by the School of Law prior to starting MBA coursework.

Admissions Overview for Joint Law/MBA Programs

Applicants should first be admitted into the JD program at the law school before applying to the full-time MBA programs. It is recommended that individuals apply by the early fall of their second year of law school. Separate applications are required for each program.

A competitive GMAT or GRE score is required for admissions consideration.

Applicants to the joint degree program with strong undergraduate and law school GPAs, competitive GMAT or GRE scores, and clerkship/internship experience can be considered for admission into the MBA programs in lieu of the two-years of post-bachelors work experience requirement. For additional information on admissions deadlines and requirements, visit our MBA Admissions page.