This well-established certificate of specialization, which is a series of courses that any J.D. student can complete during their second- and third-year studies, is highly valued by legal employers. In recent years, about 25% of graduating students have completed this certificate program.
The Vanderbilt J.D./M.S.F. certifies advanced training and expertise that is highly valued by law firms and their business clients, but rare among graduating law students entering careers in corporate and business law. Corporate law practice requires not only a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which businesses operate, but also mastery of increasingly complex financial transactions and instruments prevalent in 21st century business and finance, and the J.D./M.S.F. provides immediate advantages in the legal employment market.
By combining study in management with study in law, a student can earn both the J.D. and M.B.A. in a total of four years (eight semesters), instead of the five years normally required to complete the two degrees. Students enroll for their first year of study in the dual-degree program on a full-time basis in either the Law School or the Owen School. Students should begin their dual-degree studies in the Law School and then attend the Owen School in their second year.
“Knowing I could get a J.D. with heavy business and innovation components made me more excited about attending law school.”
In 2019, James H. Cheek III, J.D. '67, generously established the Cheek Business Law Scholarship and the Cheek Summer Stipends to provide financial support for deserving students participating in the Law & Business Program. Each year, the law school selects at least one Cheek Business Law Scholar to receive supplemental scholarship funds for their second and third years of study completing the Certificate in Law & Business. Cheek Summer Stipends support experiential opportunities in certain government agencies, courts, or other settings that enhance preparation for a career in business law.
Email the Law & Business Program coordinator.