Charlotte School of Law, UNC Charlotte Announce Dual JD/MBA Program

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Dual degree program will allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte and a Juris Doctor degree from CharlotteLaw in eight semesters.

Charlotte School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have signed an agreement establishing a dual JD/MBA program that will prepare students for careers in law and management and provide them with the skill sets to meet the challenges of a modern corporate environment. The new program will launch in fall 2012.

The dual degree will allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte and a Juris Doctor degree from CharlotteLaw in eight semesters. Pursued independently, a student would need 10 semesters to complete both degrees.

“The practice of law has become more entwined with the business world, and tomorrow’s leaders will require a deep understanding of both environments,” said Dennis Stone, president of Charlotte School of Law. “This dual-degree program provides an opportunity for our students to broaden their perspectives through access to one of the leading MBA programs in the country. It has also been one of the most-requested programs from our students.”

Full-time students have the option of spending their first year at either Charlotte School of Law or UNC Charlotte. Following that, they will spend their entire second or third year at the other institution before splitting their time at both schools to complete the program. Each school will grant nine credits for courses taken at the other school.

The skill set that comes with an MBA can enhance those skills essential to a legal career, such as preparing an individual for positions within corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and senior-level strategic development positions. It also increases a graduate’s options, prospects and marketability in an economic downturn by providing opportunities for JD/MBA professionals to move in several different fields.

“We are very proud of the MBA program here at UNC Charlotte and we believe that through its recent awarding of full accreditation by the American Bar Association, the Charlotte School of Law is an ideal partner,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “For the first time ever, UNC Charlotte students will have the opportunity to achieve law degrees while matriculating at the University.”

Students participating in the dual JD/MBA program must apply separately to both schools and can begin the program at either institution. In addition, students must complete prerequisites for each institution, including taking both the Graduate Management Admission Test and Law School Admission Test prior to the application process.

For more information on admission requirements, visit http://www.charlottelaw.edu or http://www.mba.uncc.edu.

About Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, offers a student-centered education that includes a rigorous academic program and the practice-based, hands-on learning necessary to equip graduates with the leadership, management and interpersonal skills needed for career success. As the only law school in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte School of Law offers full-time and part-time day programs as well as an evening part-time program for working professionals. On the Web at http://www.charlottelaw.edu.

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Spring 2011 enrollment exceeded 25,300 students, including approximately 5,000 graduate students. Find UNC Charlotte on the Web, Twitter, Facebook and follow the UNC CLT News blog at unccltnews.blogspot.com.

About the Belk College of Business
Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte offers outstanding business education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The Belk College is committed to building strong partnerships in the Greater Charlotte region and beyond as a vital part of its mission as North Carolina’s urban business school. belkcollege.uncc.edu or http://www.facebook.com/BelkCollegeOfBusiness.

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