In establishing a JD/MBA program, Pepperdine University School of Law recognized the growing need for additional training for lawyers and businesspersons alike to be competitive in today's global marketplace. The JD/MBA program offered at the School of Law and the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management provides the unique opportunity for students to gain the knowledge required to address the increasingly complex legal problems that will arise as American business expands further into the world market.
The JD/MBA program allows the student to compress a five-year program of study into four years. Studied separately, the School of Law Juris Doctor program is an 88-unit, six-term program and the School of Business and management MBA program is a 60-unit, four-term program. Together as a joint program, they comprise 130 units of study. This is accomplished by offering 82 units of law study and 50 units of business courses. The law program has 57 units of required courses and 23 units of core electives representing areas of business law. Students receive a degree from each program rather than one joint degree.
In most cases, the first year of the JD/MBA program at Pepperdine is completed exclusively in the full-time law program. However, students may begin with the first year of study at the business school. Classes for the program begin in the fall semester of each year.