JD/MBA

The School of Management and the School of Law offer a four-year (eight semesters, plus summers if needed) program leading to a JD/MBA degree.

Students should apply to each program separately. Applications do not have to be submitted concurrently, but applicants must meet residency requirements. Applicants should review admissions requirements. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

If completed as a combined program:

  • 27 hours — MBA core courses
  • 21 hours — MBA electives**
  • 81 hours — Total Law*
  • 130 total hours maximum

**Normally 60 credits (33 elective hours) are required for the MBA degree. 

*Normal Law School requirements are 90 hours for a JD degree.

Students in this JD/MBA program will participate in a cohort, and study groups with full-time MBA students in the first year of School of Management residency. Therefore, no core courses will be waived. In addition, students who do not have at least one year of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience will be required to complete a 3-credit management internship. This internship satisfies one MBA elective.

Curriculum

Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

First Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 611LEC Fin Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students¿ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630


MGT elective (6 credits)

Second Year

Fall and Spring Law course topics

 • Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR I and II)
 • Civil Procedure
 • Constitutional Law
 • Contracts
 • Criminal Law
 • Property
 • Torts
 • Legal Profession 

Third Year

Fall Semester

 • All Law or Law and MBA
 • Advanced Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR III)
 • Ethics

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1
Semesters offered: Spring 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


 • Law or MBA
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

 • Two MBA electives
 • Law

Spring Semester

 • Two MBA electives
 • Law

21 credits of MBA electives in total (9 credits must be completed while in residency in Law School, 3 credits must be an internship).

Concentrations

Students in the JD/MBA program may select from any of the MBA concentrations but should consult with an MBA advisor as to feasibility and scheduling.

An application for the School of Law may be obtained from:

Law School
Admissions Office
306 John Lord O'Brian Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100 
Tel: 716-645-2907