Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration, J.D./M.B.A.

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The JD/MBA is an attractive alternative for individuals wishing to practice law and/or business in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. It is designed to augment the knowledge of students who seek to expand their expertise in the business arena. Accordingly, the number of semester hours required to obtain the joint degree is fewer than the number required if each degree is pursued independently.

Admission Process and Requirements

New Students

Applicants for the JD/MBA degree program must apply to and meet the separate admission requirements for each college.

The College of Law operates a dual-division program, which accommodates both full-time and part-time students. The Haile College of Business accepts students in summer, fall and spring terms. Applicants may apply for admission as either full-time students or part-time students in both sections of the program, though the length of the program will be extended considerably for part-time evening JD/MBA students.

To be considered for admission to the MBA program, an applicant must submit the following:

A portfolio approach is used in evaluating prospective students for acceptance into the MBA program. Factors considered for admission include:

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions with a minimum undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.  Acceptable transcripts should show evidence of successful completion of quantitative courses.*
  • Current resume
  • Applicants with an undergraduate overall GPA under 3.0 must have three years of professional work experience.
  • No longer than one page (single spaced) essay stating your motivation for pursuing an MBA.
  • If an international applicant, IBT, TOEFL or equivalent with a minimum score of 550 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 must be submitted to the NKU Office for International Students and Scholar Services.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they become complete.

For application deadline dates and a more complete description of the MBA admission materials, see previous section on MBA program or information on the web at http://www.nku.edu/academics/cob/programs/graduate/mba.html.

JD Application:

J.D. applicants are required to receive a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment and are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Chase seeks to admit those applicants who have the best prospect of high-quality academic work; thus, the Admission Committee relies heavily on the applicant’s undergraduate grades and performance on the LSAT during the application review process. Additional factors considered include upward trend of undergraduate grades; time between college graduation and application to Chase; college grading and course selection patterns; outside work while in college; letters of recommendation; graduate study; cultural, educational, or sociological deprivation; employment background; leadership ability; speaking or linguistic ability; and demonstrated competence in another profession or vocation. Chase seeks diversity in the student body by considering, in no particular order, sex, age, cultural or geographic background, and minority status. Full-time students enter in the fall semester; part-time evening students may begin in either the summer or fall semester. 

The priority deadline for applications is March 15 for summer start and April 1 for fall start. 

Visit https://chaselaw.nku.edu/prospective/juris-doctor/jd-application.html for a complete description of the NKU Chase College of Law application process and deadlines.

Currently Enrolled Students

Students currently enrolled in either the MBA or JD program may elect to pursue the joint degree if they comply with the admission requirements of each program. Students enrolled in the joint program will be eligible for membership in student organizations, fraternities and clinical programs of each college as well as for law review, mock trial, and moot court at NKU Chase College of Law.

Transfer Credit

Normally no more than 30 semester hours of law courses may be transferable toward the JD degree; no credit will be transferred for any course where a grade of less than C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) was received. Students wishing to transfer credit must have been in good standing at an American Bar Association approved law school. All credit transferred will be with the grade of “credit.” For transfer policies, refer to the graduate catalog.

Academic Standing

A student entering the joint JD/MBA program is required to complete 108 credit hours, consisting of 81 hours in the College of Law and at least 25 hours in the Haile College of Business. If the same student were to complete each degree separately, he or she would be required to take 90 credit hours in law and at least 33 in business. Thus, at least theoretically, the joint degree program allows the student to take 9 fewer law credit hours and 8 fewer business credit hours and to complete the joint degree program as much as a year earlier. Students failing in one college but meeting passing requirements in the other college and desiring to complete their degree there will be allowed to do so as long as they continue to maintain a passing average. Students who do not complete the joint program, however, will be required to meet the regular degree requirements that were in effect when they entered the joint program.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.


Required Business Courses

The curriculum for the business portion of the JD/MBA degree includes all the Business Essentials courses, except BUS 605 Legal Environment for Business (2 credits) , at least one Stack of courses from among the MBA electives, and the MBA capstones. Descriptions of these elements can be found at the following link: http://inside.nku.edu/cob/departments/gradstudies/mba/curriculum.html


Required law courses plus the following:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Business Organizations (4 credits)
  • Employment Discrimination Law (3 credits)
  • Tax-Basic Income Tax Concepts (3 credits)
  • UCC Basics (4 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)
  • Tax: Business Organizations and Business Planning (3 credits)

Required Courses

  • Basic Legal Skills - Research (2 credits)
  • Basic Legal Skills - Writing (4 credits)
  • Civil Procedure I (3 credits)
  • Civil Procedure II (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
  • Contracts I (3 credits)
  • Contracts II (3 credits)
  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
  • Evidence (4 credits)
  • Legal Analysis and Problem Solving (0 credit)
  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Property I (3 credits)
  • Property II (3 credits)
  • Torts I (3 credits)
  • Torts II (3 credits)

Elective courses

The additional hours needed to fulfill the total 81 law school hours will be taken from other courses offered by the College of Law, all as elective hours in the joint degree program. 

Advanced writing requirements

Students in the joint degree program shall fulfill both parts of the Advanced Writing requirement.

Skills Training and Experiential Learning

Students beginning their law studies in the fall 2016 semester and thereafter are required to complete six hours of experiential learning.  This requirement replaces the three hours of professional skills training.

Additional Information

Students enrolled in the joint degree program are advised to take these courses as they are available: anti-trust law, close corporations, and white collar crime. While not always offered, these courses are important courses.

No more than six hours of credit from courses listed in the “18-Hour Rule” will apply to the 81 hours needed to fulfill the law hours in the joint degree program.

Students in the joint degree program are required to take their first year of law school before starting with MBA courses. Thereafter, students will take a combination of law and business courses. 

Students in the joint degree program can apply no more than 4 non-classroom hours to the 81 hours needed to fulfill the law hours in the joint degree program.

Students in the joint degree program shall maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average after their first 28 hours of law study and thereafter. Students who do not achieve this GPA would be dealt with in the usual academic standing procedures, modified only for the 2.5 GPA requirements. If a student ultimately fails to meet the GPA requirement but is otherwise in good standing in the College of Law, that student could continue in the regular JD program and be required to meet all of its GPA and other requirements. That student could also remain in the regular MBA program provided that the student otherwise met the MBA requirements; the decision of whether the student remained in the MBA program would be made in the Haile/US Bank College of Business. Because the business courses will be offered at night only, students in the evening division will most likely not be eligible to participate in the JD/MBA program.

Course Descriptions

Additional descriptions of MBA courses may be found in this catalog; JD course descriptions may be found in the College of Law catalog.

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