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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Juris Doctor/Business Administration, J.D./M.B.A., (Full-Time One-Year)


The combined Fast Track J.D./Full-Time One-Year M.B.A. program is offered jointly by the SMU Dedman School of Law   and the SMU Cox School of Business . The programs are designed for highly motivated students interested in a career in law with a strong business focus. The combined degrees may be obtained in three academic years. The Cox School of Business and the Dedman School of Law have different academic calendars; therefore, students must refer to both calendars when scheduling courses for both schools in the same term. Students enrolled in the joint-program must complete all requirements, including all noncredit-bearing requirements, for both programs.

This combined degree program is aimed at the very motivated and able student who starts with a solid grounding in business concepts, and seeks advanced training in business and a professional legal education in a time-and-cost effective manner. We expect students in the Fast Track J.D./Full-Time One-Year M.B.A. program to pursue careers in the legal field, broadly understood.

The 107 credit hour, three-year program is comprised of 75 credit hours of Dedman Law classes and 48 credit hours of Cox Business classes, with 16 of these credit hours being satisfied by choosing any combination of the pre-approved business-related law school courses.

To be admitted to the J.D./M.B.A. program, law students must apply before beginning their law studies or during their first year of law school. Admission applications should be made to both schools, with the selection that they are for the combined J.D./M.B.A. program. Students who wish to pursue the joint program after starting their first year of law school for the J.D./M.B.A. must obtain permission from the Dedman School of Law’s assistant dean for student affairs and then should consult with the M.B.A. Admissions Office. Law School applications should be submitted using the LSAC Application Service. M.B.A. applications should be submitted through the Cox School of Business Admission’s website.


Fast Track J.D./Full-Time One-Year M.B.A. Class 2022: Entry Summer 2020, Graduate Summer 2022

Total Credit Hours: 107

(32 Business + 75 Law)

Year 1 - Fall and Spring Terms at Dedman Law

  • Dedman Law courses

Year 1 - Summer Term

Year 2 - Fall Term

Module A

Term Total: 16 Credit Hours


Year 2 - Spring Term

  • Cox Business Electives: two courses (4 credit hours)
  • Dedman Law courses (15 credit hours)

Term Total: 19 Credit Hours

Year 3 - Fall and Spring Terms

  • Dedman Law courses 

Term Total: 30 Credit Hours

Term Total: 28 Credit Hours

Credit Hours Summary by School

Year Dedman Law Cox Business
1 30 12
2 15 20
3 30 0
Total 75 32