University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

UNH School of Law Announces Dual JD/MBA Program with UNH’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics

The University of New Hampshire School of Law, in conjunction with the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at UNH, will be offering a dual JD/MBA program starting this fall. It will be the first of several dual degree programs that will be available to students as a result of the 2010 affiliation agreement through which Franklin Pierce Law Center became the UNH School of Law.

“We are thrilled to announce the new JD/MBA program,” said John Broderick, dean of UNH School of Law. “The practice of law is an increasingly complex discipline that requires lawyers to have multiple areas of expertise to serve their clients most effectively. The best business lawyers understand their clients’ business needs and business environment just as thoroughly as they understand the law.”

The integration of these two degrees will enable students to graduate with a fuller understanding of how legal and business issues are increasingly related in a complex global economy. For most students, the dual degree will involve completing their first year of law school and then spending the following year at the Whittemore School in an intensive MBA program. The UNH full-time fast-track MBA offers limited class size and real-life business challenges geared toward providing students with the professional skills and technical knowledge they need in order to succeed in today’s innovation-based global economy.

“This new dual degree program is one of the most significant benefits to date of our affiliation with UNH School of Law,” said University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston. “It is also a key area where our shared strengths in innovation and entrepreneurialism come together.”

Daniel Innis, Dean of the Whittemore School, explained, “The JD/MBA is a perfect marriage of the Whittemore School’s strength in training future entrepreneurs with the law school’s strength in intellectual property and innovation law.”

The new dual degree program gives students the opportunity to earn both their JD and their MBA in less time, and at a lower cost, than if both degrees were pursued separately.

“The best law schools will be those that are able to provide their students with the most valuable information in the most cost-effective manner,” added Broderick. “In our knowledge-based world, the need for knowledge will not slow. But the cost for getting that knowledge does need to slow.”

Students will be eligible to receive their MBA at the completion of their second year, before returning to UNH Law for three more semesters of legal education. The total time projected to complete both the JD and MBA degrees is 3.5 years.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law, affiliated with the University of New Hampshire, is a global leader in innovative legal education. Its internationally renowned intellectual property programs, now housed in the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, boasts one of the largest full-time faculties in the field, a broad range of curricular offerings, and the only academic intellectual property library in the nation. Through its Social Justice Institute, wide range of clinics, externships and unique Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, UNH School of Law is a pioneer in practice-based education. Learn more at law.unh.edu.