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MBA-JD

MBA-JD

MBA-JD

MBA-JD

Two Powerful Degrees

No two professional degrees are more coveted than the JD and the MBA. The University of Ottawa’s joint MBA-JD Program creatively combines these two powerful disciplines into a single four-year curriculum.

The MBA-JD Program provides students with exposure to a unique community of business and legal leaders in both the public and private sectors. Through numerous externships available in the Faculty of Law and consulting projects offered by the Telfer School of Management, students can gain valuable work experience for academic credit during each of their four years of study. In addition to private sector placements, externships exist with the courts, federal tribunals, government agencies and departments, and non-governmental organizations. In recognition of the complementary skills required for success in both business and law, students can earn both their MBA and JD degrees in less than four years.

This innovative program is designed to educate a new generation of leaders—business executives who can manage independently the legal challenges of contemporary corporate life; lawyers who can address the business needs of their corporate clients; and entrepreneurs who will move seamlessly between business and law.

Telfer School of Management

The University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management is one of the most dynamic business schools in the country. Accreditated by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS - ranking it among the best business schools worldwide—the School of Management’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with an exceptional academic foundation in business management, along with unique opportunities for experiential learning through unparalleled access to business and political leaders.

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Canada’s laws are made in Ottawa. The Faculty of Law is a full-service national law school, one of Canada’s largest, and it regularly receives the most applications in Canada. The Faculty specializes in International Trade, Business and Human Rights Law, all of which are critical areas for 21st century enterprises. The Technology Law group enjoys an international reputation for leadership in intellectual property, internet governance and privacy law. Every student may elect to take a work placement in government, law, or business for academic credit leading to the JD degree.

Program Overview

An exclusive Program for Exceptional Students

The MBA-JD Program is reserved for ambitious students with a demonstrated record of success. Students in the joint program can be admitted jointly into the JD program at the Faculty of Law and the MBA program at the Telfer School of Management in their first year. Promotion to the second year in the MBA program is conditional to maintaining a satisfactory overall average in the first year of law and meeting all the requirements of the Telfer School of Management. Students can also apply to the joint program after their first year of law.

Typically, students will begin the joint degree by completing the regular first-year curriculum at the Law School. Upon meeting the academic requirements of the first year, students will complete a customized one year full time MBA program. During the third and fourth years of the program, students must take all remaining courses necessary to meet the JD degree requirements. Graduates of the joint program will receive both the JD degree from the Faculty of Law and the MBA degree from the Telfer School of Management.

Curriculum
Year 1 Complete JD First Year
Year 2

Complete full MBA program (consisting of 48 credits rather than 54 credits) over one academic year plus the summer.

43.5 credits consist of core courses and 4.5 credits of business-related electives.

Year 3 Complete JD Second Year with the additional requirement of successfully completing a minimum of 34 credits
Year 4 Complete 17 remaining credits in the JD program by December

All mandatory elements of the JD program must also be satisfied. Students registered in the French program must comply with the program’s requirement to take a minimum number of courses in French in the JD program. The French MBA component is available over a period of two years.

Generous Support for Ambitious Scholars

Admission

Admission Information

Admission to the MBA-JD program is limited and highly competitive. The joint program is intended for individuals who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge of the two major disciplines, administration and law, which are becoming increasingly valuable in modern business, in government, and in the modern practice of law. Candidates are admitted to the joint program according to the admission requirements of each faculty.

Students can apply to either the MBA-JD program through the Faculty of Law or to the MBA program through the Telfer School of Management for their first year. Typically, the MBA-JD Program students will begin the joint degree by completing the regular first-year curriculum at the Law School. Upon meeting the academic requirements of the first year, students who qualify will complete 48 of the 54 credits of the one year full time MBA program. During the third and fourth years of the MBA-JD Program, students must take all remaining courses necessary to meet the JD degree requirements. Graduates will receive both the JD degree from the Faculty of Law and the MBA degree from the Telfer School of Management once the requirements of both programs are completed.

The application to the joint program can be done in two ways:

First year of studies in the Law

  • Submit your online application to the joint program or the JD program for the first year of studies
  • Satisfy all admission criteria of the JD program
  • Submit all required documents to the Faculty of Law
  • During the first year of studies in law, submit your application for the MBA program for the second year of studies
  • Satisfy all the admission requirement for the MBA program
  • Submit all required documents to the Telfer School of Management

N.B. Students admitted into the Program without the MBA requirement of 3 years full-time work experience must remain in the top half class of their JD program in the first year to remain in the program.

First year of studies in the MBA

  • Submit your online application to the MBA program for the first year of studies
  • Satisfy all the admission requirement for the MBA program
  • Submit all required documents to the Telfer School of Management
  • During the first year of studies in the MBA program submit your application for the joint program.
  • Satisfy all admission criteria of the JD program

N.B. Candidates who choose to apply first to the MBA program must satisfy all the admission requirements of the regular MBA program including the 3 full years of relevant work experience and complete the full 54 credits. It is then more advantageous for students to start their studies in the Law Faculty.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

For the joint program:

  • a baccalaureate with a cumulative grade point average in the range of 80 per cent;
  • a personal statement demonstrating why the applicant is uniquely suited for this program;
  • two reference letters; at least one of which should come from an academic source;
  • satisfactory LSAT scores
  • proficiency in either English or French.

N.B. Candidates who choose to apply first to the MBA program must satisfy all the admission requirements of the regular MBA program including the 3 full years of relevant work experience and complete the full 54 credits. It is then more advantageous for students to start their studies in the Law Faculty.

For the MBA program:

  • a baccalaureate with a cumulative grade point average in the range of 70 per cent;
  • a minimum of three years full-time work experience. (Coop placements and work internships completed to meet the requirements of a postsecondary academic program or summer and part-time employment will be viewed favourably at the time of admission, but do not constitute a replacement for the full-time work experience requirement.) Students admitted into the Program without the MBA requirement of 3 years full-time work experience must remain in the top half of their JD program in the first year to remain in the program.
  • have obtained a minimum score of 50th percentile on the GMAT test (to be submitted before the deadline of April 1st)

Deadlines for application:

  • Deadline date to apply for the JD or joint program : November 1st
  • Deadline date to apply for the MBA program: April 1st

More information on the JD program

More information on the MBA program

Testimonials

“Although the joint program was hard work, it was fun work. From a career viewpoint, the joint degree played a major role in my securing an exceptional job offer. The skills I acquired from the MBA side continue to help me in my role as in-house counsel today. For those interested in eventually switching to a business role, the joint degree would be an excellent entrée. I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in working either as in-house counsel or as outside counsel with a better understanding of how business really works and how legal services should be provided.”

Carol Jackson, LL.B.-MBA 1985
Counsel
CIBC

Lorquet“The University of Ottawa LL.B. - MBA is a very challenging program. Offering much more than two diplomas, it offers law and business with the opportunity of understanding the rules of business and the business of law. The joint program has been a valuable complement to my law career, allowing me to better understand the business concerns of our clients. It’s more than just offering a solution to a legal problem, it is presenting a strategy that reflects business reality and the concerns of running a business.”

Sébastien Lorquet, LL.B.-MBA 2000
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Contact Information

MBA-JD Program

University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur St.
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
Canada

Tel.: (613) 562-5800, ext. 3288
Fax: (613) 562-5124
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MBA Program

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
Canada

Tel.: (613) 562-5884
Fax: (613) 562-5912
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