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Degree Requirements

All three-year JD/MBA students must fulfill all the requirements of each respective school, outlined below:


University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

  • First-year Law School curriculum
  • Professional Responsibility course
  • At least 70 hours of supervised legal work in a pro-bono setting through the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center
  • Senior research and writing requirement
  • 86 total credit hours, of which 64 credit hours are Law courses (course, seminar, or clinical coursework) and 6 credit hours are experiential learning (simulation/skills courses, clinics, or externships)
    • Note: 71 Law credit hours are required for the New York Bar, 64 of which must be in-class credits (course, seminar, or clinical coursework)
    • Note: Students in the four-year JD/MBA program may only count 12 credit hours (Law equivalent) of Wharton coursework toward the JD


 Wharton School

  • Wharton Pre-Term
  • Core courses (certain courses may be waived by experience or exam and are replaced with electives)
  • Major
  • Minimum of 15 course units (CU’s); maximum of 16.5 CU’s; approximately 5 CU’s required for a major


JD/MBA Capstone

All JD/MBA students, in both the three-year and four-year models of the program, must complete the JD/MBA capstone course in their final year of the program. In a series of experiential, hands-on boot camps, students track a company through the following transactions:

  • Start-up structuring / initial capital raise
  • Exit / mergers & acquisitions
  • Restructuring

Faculty and guest industry leaders advise students on various aspects of the simulated transactions, including strategy development, transaction document drafting, client / board advising, and negotiating.

The JD/MBA capstone course counts toward the Law School’s six-credit experiential learning requirement.

The course is led by Sarah Pierce.