College of Law

Joint Degree in Law + Business

Earn your law and business graduate degrees in an accelerated period of study. With a business background and summer courses, you may be able to graduate with both degrees in as little as three years. This joint degree program is designed to prepare law students to work in a wide range of careers in the legal and business fields. Because the modern business world is shaped by law and regulation, the knowledge obtained within this joint degree program helps uniquely position you for success.


Admissions

The program is jointly administered by the College of Law and John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation. You must apply and be admitted separately to each college. Academic advising is provided by each college in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies. The decision to admit or not to admit is based solely on each college’s selection criteria. Neff College of Business and Innovation will accept your GRE or LSAT score.


Tuition & Scholarships

If you enroll in both colleges in any semester, the highest tuition rate will apply to all credit hours taken. We encourage you to explore how a joint degree may impact your financial aid or scholarships. College of Law scholarship funds cannot be used to cover coursework outside of the law school.


Integrated Curriculum

Juris Doctor

The College of Law requires the successful completion of 89 credit hours to earn your J.D. degree. You may apply up to 12 credit hours completed in the Neff College of Business and Innovation toward this requirement. For an M.B.A. course to qualify for credit toward your J.D. degree, you must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better. Under American Bar Association guidelines, Neff College of Business and Innovation courses must be taken after enrollment in the College of Law to be eligible for credit toward your J.D. degree.

Master of Business Administration

You may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved, upper-level courses in the College of Law toward requirements for your M.B.A. degree. For a law course to qualify for credit toward your M.B.A. degree, you must earn a C (2.0) or better. Review credit requirements from the current UToledo graduate catalog for the M.B.A. program within the Neff College of Business and Innovation.


Awarding of Degrees

You will not receive a J.D. or M.B.A. degree until you complete all the work required for both degrees. If you withdraw from the joint degree program and remain in either the College of Law or the Neff College of Business and Innovation, you shall only receive credit for work in the other college as the Dean authorizes under the rules of that college. Degrees must be awarded within time limits established by the participating colleges.


Testimonials

Jared Fawley '13
Senior Vice President - Testing Manager
Bank of America
Charlotte, N.C.

"The critical thinking skills and substantive education I received from law courses, when fused with the business analytical skills acquired from M.B.A. courses, have been the driving forces behind my success in the non-traditional legal career I have pursued."

Joelynn Laux '14
Contract Specialist
Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, Ohio

"The J.D./M.B.A. program has opened up countless doors for me including helping me secure my current position. It allows me to participate in the exciting business world while still utilizing my law degree."

Anant Tamirisa '14
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
AGC Studios
Los Angeles, Calif.

"Participating in the J.D./M.B.A. program prepared me for a challenging and competitive career as an entertainment lawyer. ... UToledo provided me with a diverse skillset to successfully face complex situations and add value to my organization."


Contacts

Eric Chaffee
College of Law
Professor of Law and J.D./M.B.A. Program Advisor
419.530.2948
Eric.Chaffee@utoledo.edu

Rebecca Zietlow
College of Law
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
419.530.4107
Rebecca.Zietlow@utoledo.edu

Student Services
John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation
419.530.2087
COBIgradprograms@utoledo.edu


NOTE: The College of Law recommends that you remain apprised of academic requirements for each degree you pursue. While we make every effort to maintain timely information relating to joint degree programs, because other colleges manage their curricula and requirements, it is possible that information on this site could be out of date. For additional information, please review the other college's website.

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Last Updated: 1/1/22