J.D. and Master of Business Administration
The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a program that enables interested students to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees in three to four years of academic work. The ability to complete both degrees in three years makes our program different from the majority of other JD/MBA programs around the country.
The program is designed principally for the student who wishes to acquire broad business knowledge to complement legal training. A student without a business background may complete both degrees with 112 hours of law and business courses (a net savings of 24 hours from the total hours necessary if the degree programs were pursued separately). This savings is made possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit toward the M.B.A. degree and vice versa. These transfers are of credit hours, not grades. Therefore, graduate coursework will not be computed in the student's Law School GPA and class ranking.
Interested students must declare their intent to pursue the dual degree no later than their fourth semester in Law School, but note that the Rawls College of Business only allows dual-degree MBA students to being the MBA portion of the program during a summer semester. Students declaring their intent in their fourth semester of law school would have to wait until the following summer to begin MBA classes, which may not be desirable. The first year of study consists entirely of law courses. During the second and third years, the remaining required law courses are to be completed together with selected law electives and an appropriate number of graduate business core courses.
The MBA program will accept the LSAT in lieu of their GMAT requirement. JD/MBA applicants need only email firstname.lastname@example.org to request their LSAC CAS report (which contains the LSAT score, transcripts, and letters of recommendation) be sent to the Graduate School on your behalf.
Students may enroll in the Graduate School at Texas Tech University, complete all leveling coursework, and earn up to 12 credit hours toward the M.B.A. in the academic year prior to matriculation to the Law School. Students who have earned more than 12 credit hours (excluding leveling coursework) prior to matriculation to the Law School are ineligible for the J.D. Dual Degree program.