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Joint JD/MBA

4 years
4 years
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Program description

The Law School offers a joint program with the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, in which the student may obtain both the M.B.A. and the J.D. degree in four years instead of the five that would be required if each were undertaken separately.

Application and Admission Requirements

student who wishes to be admitted into the joint program must secure separate admission to both the Darden School of Business and the School of Law through the normal admissions process. In both cases, the student is held to the same standards as any other applicant, and candidacy for the joint program is not considered at this stage. Application to one school may be made either prior to entrance or while a first-year student at the other. No students are admitted to the joint program after completing the first year of either Law or Darden. Students who have been admitted to both schools and who wish to undertake the joint program should notify the registrar of each school and apply to the faculty advisors for permission to do so. Admission requires approval of both the Law and Darden faculty advisors.


The program takes four years to complete. It consists of the complete first-year program of each school, followed by two years of course work taken from the curricula of the two schools and, in appropriate cases, from other graduate offerings at the University. Students who have been admitted to the program may elect whether they want to start in the School of Law or the Darden School, and in any event must spend their first year in full-time residence in either the Darden School or the School of Law. The second year is spent in the other school, again in full-time residence and, in effect, as regular first-year students.
During the third and fourth years, students must complete the required/elective curricula of both schools. At the conclusion of the fourth year, students who have earned a minimum of 70 credits and six residency semesters in the School of Law and a minimum of 52.5 credits in the Darden School will be awarded both the M.B.A. and J.D. degrees.

Degree and diploma etc.

Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Tuition and Fees During the first two years of the program, students are treated for these purposes as regularly matriculated students at the school in which they are in residence. The student pays Law School tuition and fees while in residence at the School of Law, and Darden School tuition and fees while in residence at that school. During the third and fourth years, the students pay the higher of the tuitions of the two schools, plus the required fees, plus the special fees exacted by both schools.
University of Virginia: Darden School of Business
P.O. Box 6550
VA 22906-6550 Charlottesville

Named for Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr., former Virginia governor, congressman, and president of UVA, and one of the school's greatest advocates, The Darden School of Business was founded in 1954. Darden develops people who lead, create, and transform organizations. Darden...

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