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Where Law & Business Meet: Exploring a JD/MBA Dual Degree at UB

Published February 10, 2023

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Lindsay Gladney is the Vice Dean for Admissions at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Are you considering a career in business or law? The University at Buffalo offers a unique opportunity to merge these two fields with the J.D./MBA dual-degree program. This program, provided by the School of Law and School of Management, is the oldest and largest of its kind at UB. It allows you to earn the Juris Doctor (JD) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees in just four years, rather than the typical five. In today's competitive job market, having a diverse skill set can give you a significant advantage. But why should you choose UB for this dual-degree program? Well, let’s examine how these programs can set your dream career in motion.

What are the benefits of the JD/MSW Dual Degree?

  • UB allows you to combine your legal knowledge with advanced leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, setting you apart as you launch and expand your career. 
  • An MBA provides skills that allow you to understand the broader business and management concepts needed to move into leadership roles.
  • Multiple degrees allow for diverse career options throughout your lifetime.
  • Completing a dual degree saves time and money as compared to completing each separately. 
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Matthew Taboni ’25, a current JD/MBA student had this to say about the program. 

The JD/MBA program offers me two exciting and different perspectives on how people and the world work around me. Through this dual degree program, I have been able to further explore the intersection between business and justice, setting me up for success as I move towards a career in social innovation and entrepreneurship after graduation. 

Why choose UB for your JD/MBA?

Earn degrees from not one, but two rigorous, accredited schools.

The School of Management is an AACSB-accredited business school, meaning they continue to meet rigorous standards of educational quality. Less than 6% of the world's business schools hold this accreditation. It is the most recognized form of specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn.

On the other hand, our law school is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA assures uniformity across legal education and compliance with the highest standards. By attending an ABA-Approved Law School, you are eligible to sit for the bar exam in any state. UB School of Law is also the only Law School in the SUNY system!

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Earn two degrees for less than the cost of one law degree elsewhere.

As part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, our in-state and out-of-state tuition rates are affordable even before scholarships. Speaking of, 79% of incoming law students in Fall 2022 received a merit-based scholarship! And, once you're enrolled you can apply to our abundant list of law school and external scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities aren't one-sided either! The School of Management awards scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships for outstanding, highly motivated students. All awards are merit-based and may be funded for full or partial tuition. Learn more about funding your MBA.

Study and live in New York City.

Are you interested in spending a semester studying in the big apple? The New York City Program in Finance and Law, a dual effort between the School of Law and the School of Management, provides students with a first-hand look at the high-stakes world of corporate finance. The program allows selected students to spend a semester in New York City with experts in this fascinating area of legal practice. 

We have a supportive environment to set you up for success as student and beyond.

Two offices just for you! Before you even set foot on campus, these two career-focused offices are ready to work with you.

The Career Resource Center (CRC) in the School of Management is committed to your success, working with you to develop your career strategy and hone the tools you’ll need for an effective job search, successful MBA recruiting, and a rewarding career. Students also have an MBA academic advisor that supports their goals from start to finish.

In the law school, students are set up with a 1:1 faculty advisor, and the Career Services Office (CSO) provides career counseling, interview assistance, job postings, mentoring, career panels and programs, and more. This allows for important networking opportunities and a chance to build yourself within the legal community, including more than 13,000 alumni.

Learn by doing.

The program offers a rich array of "action learning" opportunities, enabling you to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to the real world in real time. We give you the tools to immerse yourself in the environments of today's top organizations.

Career paths for JD/MBA graduates

A dual degree in J.D. (Juris Doctor) and MBA (Master of Business Administration) can open up a wide range of career opportunities for graduates. This unique combination of legal and business education equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed in various industries, including law, finance, consulting, and more. J.D./MBA graduates can work in both the legal and business sectors, or they can use their skills to bridge the two fields. Some popular career paths for J.D./MBA graduates include working in corporate law, investment banking, management consulting, and entrepreneurship. With the ability to understand both legal and business issues, J.D./MBA graduates are highly sought after by employers and can often command higher salaries than those with just one degree. Check out some of the companies and positions our graduates have ended up at:

  • Barclay Damon
  • Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Cannon, Heyman & Weiss
  • Ciminelli Real Estate
  • Citibank
  • Dormitory Authority of State of New York, Financial Analyst
  • Friedman and Ranzenhofer
  • Goldberg Segalla
  • Gross Shuman
  • Hodgson Russ
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Judicial Law Clerk, NYS Appellate Division, 3d Department
  • Kenney Shelton Liptak & Nowak
  • Koley Jessen PC
  • Lockheed Martin, Contract Negotiator
  • Moog
  • National Fuel Gas Co.
  • NYS Division of the Budget, Senior Budget Examiner
  • Ontra, Legal Pricing Manager
  • Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf & Cunningham
  • UltraCell Insulation, Executive Assistant

So why wait? Take the first step towards a successful career by exploring the JD/MBA program at the University at Buffalo. With a focus on helping you succeed, UB is the perfect place to start your journey toward a fulfilling career.

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