Harvard Law School (HLS) and Harvard Business School (HBS) offer a joint degree program in law and business. Completion of the program leads to the degrees of Juris Doctor and Master in Business Administration (JD/MBA). The program is designed for students who have the background that will enable them to handle the rigorous and concentrated course of study. It allows students to gain expertise in both the law and general management practices. The program prepares students for careers in which an understanding of both legal and business principles is essential.
Professor Guhan Subramanian is the faculty director of the joint degree program at the Law School.
Prospective students must apply to and be separately admitted to both the Law School and the Business School, each of which will independently review and admit applicants. For questions relating to the admissions process at each school, contact the individual admissions offices directly:
Prospective JD/MBA students may apply to both schools concurrently or they may apply during the first year of study at either the Law School or the Business School. If you are interested in applying to either school for matriculation in September, please note the Law School deadline is February 1 while the Business School has a rolling admission process (HBS application deadlines). All Law School applicants are required to submit an LSAT score, in accordance with application guidelines. All Business School applicants are required to submit a GMAT or a GRE score.
Structure of Coursework
Students in the program complete the joint degree in four academic years. In the first two years of the program, students are required to enroll for one full year of study at the Law School and for one full year of study at the Business School; either can come first. In the third and fourth years of the program, students are enrolled in, and take courses at, both schools. Both schools have upper level requirements that are described in more detail below.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
During the first two years, students will pay full tuition at the school in which they are enrolled. During the upper-level years, students will pay tuition equal to the sum of (i) 65% of the then current Law School tuition and (ii) 40% of the Business School tuition paid in the students’ first year at HBS.
In addition to tuition and associated fees, students in the joint degree program are required to pay a $750 annual fee to the Law School during each of the upper-level years of combined study.
Students should consult with financial aid officers at both schools before enrolling in the program.
Joint degree students should apply for financial aid through the Law School for the first year there and for the fourth year of the program. Students should apply for financial aid through the Business School for the first year there and the third year of the program.
Academics and Administration
Students will not be permitted to enroll in Law School and Business School courses with time overlaps. Students should consider the required travel time between the schools in order to ensure compliance with this policy.
Students will be expected to complete all Law School and Business School exams at the times they are scheduled; exceptions are at the sole discretion of each school, in accordance with their respective policies.
Grades earned in Business School courses are not included in Law School honors calculations or in the consideration of grade-based Law School prizes. Likewise, no Law School credits or grades are included in the calculation of Business School honors.
Mailboxes and Email
Students will be assigned mailboxes and remain on student e-mail lists at both schools for the third and fourth years of the joint degree program.
Each upper-level semester, students should submit course enrollment information and their completed course information to both the Law School and Business School Registrars.
Withdrawal from the Joint Degree Program
Once enrolled, a student intending to leave the joint degree program must petition the Law School Administrative Board for permission to leave the program and complete only one of the two degrees. Continuing Law School students must then complete all of any remaining JD requirements in order to earn the JD degree. Continuing Business School students must complete the required number of Elective Curriculum courses for the MBA.
Joint degree students may take full advantage of the career resources available at the Law School during their first year there or similarly may use the MBA career resources when in their first year at the Business School. Students will then have access to career services at both schools when they are in their third and fourth years of the Program.
At the Law School, students have access to printed and online resources, information sessions and workshops as well as advising by both the Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA).
At the Business School, students have access to the HBS Job Bank, a variety of workshops and recruiting events and individual career coaching by the MBA Career Services Office.
Financial Aid Office
Jill Fadule, HBS Admissions Board Member