The J.D. and the M.B.A. are highly complementary programs. Whether graduates choose to practice transactional law, commercial litigation, or pursue business careers with legal training, they profit from a greater understanding of both disciplines. Because of the complexity and evolving character of the legal and regulatory environment of business, candidates with both J.D. and M.B.A. degrees are highly sought by employers. The career services offices of both the Fisher College of Business and the Moritz College of Law are available to J.D./M.B.A. candidates.

Course work breakdown

Joint-degree candidates must earn a total of 76 semester hours of course work at the Moritz College of Law and 45 semester hours of course work at the Fisher College of Business. Typically, J.D. students must complete 88 semester hours of law course work, and M.B.A. students must take 57 semester hours at Fisher. Because of the substantive overlap in the subject matter of the programs, each college accepts 12 semester hours of elective credit from the other. This enables joint-degree candidates to complete both degrees in four years; whereas, if earned independently, these degrees would require five years of study.

The first year of the J.D. program and the first year of the M.B.A. program are self-contained, meaning that students complete their first year of law school without taking business classes and their first year of business school without taking courses at the law school. Upon completion of the first year of each program, students may then take courses from both programs during their third and fourth years of study.

For further information about the M.B.A. program or to obtain an application, please contact:

The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
MBA Admissions Office
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210

(614) 292-8511


 “My goal is to work for a law firm in a corporate setting. When clients hire counsel, they expect their attorneys to understand the law. However, more and more, they want attorneys who understand their business needs, as well. Especially in today’s economy, it isn’t enough to simply know how to write a contract. You need to understand what business relationship underlies that contract. I hope that by pursuing a J.D./M.B.A. I will be able to understand a client’s business and legal needs. As the two areas become more intertwined, the ability to ‘speak both languages’ is a major asset.”

– Daniel Briscoe 2L, Louisville, KY, Centre College