JD-MBA Program

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Set Yourself Apart in Business & Law

Our JD-MBA Program gives you the tools to become successful, whether you aspire to be a business leader with legal expertise, or want to pursue a law career with a solid foundation in management. In only three years – rather than the five it would take to complete both degrees separately – you’ll earn a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg. Our program enables you to follow the career path of your choice and provides you with a skill set that truly differentiates you from others.

Our Proven Success

Established Program

Our JD-MBA Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed for the analytical and deal-making student. It equips you for success, whether you aspire to a leadership role in business with legal expertise, or whether you’re primarily interested in a career in law but seek a solid foundation in management.

Unparalleled Alumni

JD-MBA graduates are highly sought after by law firms, corporations, government entities and nonprofit organizations. Alumni serve in leadership positions in many different fields, including private practice, elected office, the executive suite, venture capital, private equity and consulting.

Northwestern JD-MBA Association

  • Divya Narendra ’12, former creator of Facebook, CEO Founder SumZero
  • Christopher Throne ’06, Global VP, Digital Marketing, Electronic Arts
  • Mark Siconolfi ’04, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Drew Panahi ’02, Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Ben Huang ’00, Head of Global Marketing, Mediaroom Division, Ericsson 
  • Courtney Armstrong ’97, SVP business affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures 
  • Michael J. Sacks ’88, CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management 
  • Terrence Scully ’78, President, Target Financial and Retail Services

Program Highlights

  • Accelerate your study

    In the short span of three years — rather than the five it would take to complete both degrees separately — students earn a JD from Northwestern Law and an MBA from Kellogg. Students spend the first year at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Chicago campus, where they complete the standard first year law curriculum. The first summer and entire second year of study occur at the Kellogg. The second summer is devoted to an internship in law or business. During the final year, the Law School serves as home base, although students may opt to take additional electives at Kellogg.

  • Learn from experience

    The program offers a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, enabling you to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world, on-the-ground experiences. Students, for example, can provide legal and strategic consulting to small businesses through Northwestern’s Entrepreneurship Law Center.

  • Global Impact

    JD-MBA students have the opportunity to pursue global experiences at both schools and pursue courses with international immersion trips. They can also tackle challenges for international organizations through Global Lab or work at a venture fund or incubator through Venture Lab.

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Matt Rosenstock '14

After years in the Foreign Service, Matt wanted to expand his career options. He also wanted to differentiate himself and pinpoint his professional track.

The JD-MBA Program through Kellogg and Northwestern Law was right on all counts: It opened up doors in law and business. It provided access to a world-class network. And it offered degrees from two top schools—all in three years flat.

Integrate Business Leadership & Legal Expertise

Our JD-MBA Program helps you develop the academic grounding, analytical skills and practical insights you'll need to excel in business and law. By its dual nature, the JD-MBA Program epitomizes our pioneering spirit and distinctive collaborative culture.

Eligibility

If you’ve earned a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, you’re eligible to apply.

Prior study in business or law-related fields is not required. Most students enter our program with a wide variety of work experiences. Check out the Northwestern Law Profile and the Kellogg Profile for more information about class make-up.

You can apply with one integrated application through Kellogg Admissions and an eligible GMAT OR GRE score. You do not need to submit an LSAT score or a separate law school application. Admissions decisions are only for the joint degree program — candidates will not be admitted to only one program.

Academics

Program Structure and Curriculum

  • First Year

    Students spend the first year of the JD-MBA Program at the Law School’s Chicago Campus where they complete the standard first-year law curriculum.

  • Summer Term

    Students must take a minimum of 3.0 Kellogg credits during the summer, usually through the Evening Weekend Program at Kellogg’s downtown campus. They are also encouraged to take Law School coursework - and may enroll in an experiential opportunity.

  • Second Year

    Students register in the full-time program at Kellogg’s Evanston campus and will complete the minimum 16 Kellogg credit MBA requirements, including the core classes, by the end of this year. JD-MBA students have a fully immersive Kellogg experience in this year: experiential learning courses, club leadership, KWEST, social events, etc.

  • Summer Internship

    Students participate in a summer internship in law or business following their second year in the program. Students pursuing a law internship will go through recruiting with the Law School during their first year and through the summer term. Students pursuing a business internship will participate in the Kellogg recruiting activities in the winter quarter of their second year. Students have full access to both Northwestern Law and Kellogg Career Centers.

  • Third Year

    Students return full-time to the Law School and complete their remaining courses. Students may take a few Kellogg electives if there is space in their credit offerings for each quarter and provided they do not exceed the 20 Kellogg course limit. Most JD-MBA students take 1–4 Kellogg courses during their third year.

Course Waivers

If you have previously completed relevant coursework, we encourage you to consider waiving specific courses so you can focus on electives.
Available courses to waive:

Accounting for Decision Making
Finance I
Marketing Management

Business Analytics I
Business Analytics II

Microeconomic Analysis

Operations Management

Regardless of waivers or course load, you are required to complete 16 credits from Kellogg and 85 credit hours from Northwestern Law.

Majors & Pathways

As a JD-MBA student, you’ll participate in the same classes and coursework as your counterparts seeking only the MBA or law degree. Our strong MBA core curriculum creates a well-balanced academic foundation.

You may opt to choose from seven majors during your MBA studies: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Strategy and Managing Organizations. A major requires that a student complete the core course for the major and a minimum of four electives. If you choose not to elect a major, “General Management” will be noted on your transcript.

We believe that this approach gives our students the flexibility and guidance they need to carve out a unique intellectual experience that is relevant to their specific educational and career goals.

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to our students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries.

A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one.

Explore pathways for Data AnalyticsEntrepreneurshipGrowth and ScalingHealthcare at KelloggReal EstateSocial Impact and Venture Capital & Private Equity. Learn more >

Applies to Full-Time students who matriculate June 2015 or after.

Electives

We offer a flexible curriculum to fit your needs and future plans. Our catalog contains more than 100 MBA courses that constantly adapt to the changing business landscape.

JD-MBA students may pursue a business or legal position upon graduation from the JD-MBA Program. Students may utilize all services provided by the career centers at Kellogg and Northwestern Law. On average we find that half of our graduating students take roles in Law careers and the other half in business. Below is a list of recent JD-MBA graduate employers.

Recent JD-MBA Employers

7-Eleven, Inc.
Acumen / Cacao de Colombia
Amazon.com
Bain & Company Inc.
Bank of America
Citigroup, Inc.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Goldman Sachs
Google, Inc.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Liberty Mutual
McKinsey & Company Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sterling Partners

Student Perspectives

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Adina Lord

"I’ve always had an interest in law, but I wanted to bring a managerial perspective to a legal setting. That led me to Northwestern’s JD-MBA Program. This program attracts people who are leaders."
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Viren Tellis

“When I was interested in working for a particular start-up company last summer, I connected with a JD-MBA alumnus. He put me in contact with an attorney there, which in turn helped me land a legal position with that company for the summer."

Application Dates

Round 1

Sept 19, 2018

Round 2

Jan 9, 2019

Round 3

April 10, 2019