Admissions and Applying FAQ
What are the admission requirements to the Program?
All applicants must complete the standard application for each school, and submit required test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. At least one letter should explicitly address the candidate’s fitness for the program (see question below regarding letters of recommendation). Southwestern applicants must also submit an additional essay explaining their motivation for earning a business degree as well as the experiences and activities that qualify them for this program. Interviews are also part of the application process, and applicants will be jointly evaluated by Drucker and Southwestern admissions officers.
Whom should I ask to write the letter of recommendation and what should it say?
Business school and law school are each intense academic experiences requiring a high level of skill and commitment. To assess whether applicants have the ability to complete two demanding degrees, we want to hear from someone who knows you as a student, intern or employee. We urge current business and law students to ask one of their professors at Southwestern or Drucker to write on their behalf. New applicants to either school should submit a letter from a college professor or their current employer. Recommendation letters should address the applicant’s academic abilities, interest in pursuing the degrees and other qualities or experiences that bear upon his or her qualifications for this program.
Why do you require an interview?
Since we want to maximize the likelihood that students accepted into the program will successfully complete both degrees, interviews provide another opportunity to assess an applicant’s ability and motivation to pursue the rigorous course of study.
What are the application deadlines for the Program?
Southwestern reviews applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is April 1, but later submissions will still be considered. Drucker has a “priority” due date of February 1, but accepts applications every month after that. Students who submit their applications by February 1 will receive priority consideration for financial aid.
When can I take the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered four times a year. The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council and more information can be found at www.lsac.org. Southwestern is an LSAT test site.
If I am a current Drucker student, do I have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?
If I am already a Southwestern student, do I have to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?
The Drucker School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GMAT for current Southwestern students applying for the MBA and MAM programs who are in the top half of their class. The Drucker School will waive the GMAT for students entering Southwestern in all subsequent terms who score 155 and above on the LSAT. All MBA and MAM applicants who do not meet these requirements will be required to take the GMAT. EMBA students are not required to take the GMAT.
When can I take the GMAT?
The GMAT is offered frequently. Visit www.mba.com/mba to register and locate a test site.
How much will the Program cost?
Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees based on the units they take at each school. These fees are charged by the schools respectively. Talk to an admissions counselor for details.
How will financial aid be handled?
A student’s “home” school will disburse funds to the other institution during terms of concurrent enrollment. Southwestern will be the “home” school for anyone who starts the program here first; Drucker will be the “home” school for current business students who are admitted to the Program.
What degrees are available to Drucker students through this collaboration?
Students will be able to earn a JD and Master of Business Administration (MBA), a JD and Master of Arts in Management (MAM), or a JD and an Executive MBA* (EMBA).
* JD/EMBA may be an option for students with extensive management experience.
Why have Drucker and Southwestern created this partnership?
The combination of legal training and management skills is increasingly in demand, and we believe graduates of these degree programs will find enhanced career opportunities and be able to make a positive difference.
With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service, and innovative programs, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. Founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. It is the only law school to offer four J.D. courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including traditional full- and part-time programs as well as a unique two-year alternative curriculum.
Southwestern’s 10,000 alumni include prominent public officials – from members of Congress to mayors, and over 200 judges – as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.
What is the advantage of earning these degrees through this Program?
Students who pursue the JD/MBA degree can apply 16 units earned at Southwestern to the 60 units required for the MBA. They will complete the additional 44 units at Drucker and should be able to complete both degrees within 4 to 4 1/2 years. Law students who wish to earn the JD/MAM degree can apply 6 semester units completed at Southwestern towards the 32-unit Master of Arts in Management degree. The remaining 26 units will be completed at Drucker. Law students with extensive management experience who wish to earn the 48-unit Executive MBA degree will be able to apply 10 units from their Southwestern courses, leaving 38 units to complete at Drucker.
How long will it take students to earn the two degrees?
Most full-time students should be able to complete both degrees in 4 to 4½ years.The length of the program will vary depending on the student’s schedule. Part-time students, including those in Southwestern’s Evening and PLEAS programs and in Drucker’s part-time MBA and EMBA programs, will generally take longer to complete requirements for both degrees than full-time day students. SCALE® students, because of the particularly intense nature of their program, will likely have to complete the two degrees sequentially.
What is the course of study for the Program?
If you are an entering Southwestern or Drucker student, you will spend your first year at Southwestern Law School, taking the 1L coursework. During your second year in the program, you will take the required first-year Drucker courses. The curriculum in your third and subsequent years will include the remaining required courses and electives for both degrees. As part of the MBA coursework, students may use their elective slots to pursue a concentration in Finance, Strategy, Leadership or Marketing or simply take other electives as their interests dictate.
How far apart are the campuses?
Depending on where a student lives, he or she can choose to commute from either campus. The Drucker campus is about an hour from Southwestern by freeway and by train. The Drucker campus is walking distance from the Metrolink train station (www.metrolinktrains.com) and the Southwestern campus is walking distance from a Metro Red Line stop (www.mta.net). There are also plans to offer some Drucker courses at Southwestern.
Can third and fourth-year students take courses at both schools at the same time?
Yes, depending on their course schedule.
Will any courses be offered online?
At this point, no.
Can students participate in Southwestern’s honors programs?
Yes, although you will likely have to defer participation in Law Review, Law Journal, Moot Court and the Trial Advocacy Honors Program until the third and fourth years in the program, after you’ve taken Drucker’s required courses.
Will I be able to participate in externships/internships as part of these programs?
Yes, students may participate in Southwestern externships, most likely during their third and fourth years in the degree Program. Students will also be able to take advantage of the Drucker Career Center, Mentoring Program and Alumni Office, each of which has programs in place to help students find internships that will expose them to the real-world skills that they will need when they leave school.
Will I have access to both schools’ career planning offices throughout my course of study?
May I complete the program at one school and then commence the other program sequentially?
What happens if I change my mind and just want to pursue one program or the other?
No problem. You can withdraw from the Program and complete the degree you want.
Are students in all Southwestern programs eligible for the Program?
Yes. Applicants as well as current students in the Day, Evening, PLEAS and SCALE programs may apply along with current Drucker students and recent alumni (five years out or less).
Can students who have already started at Drucker still apply to the Program?
Yes. Students may apply for admission to the Program, but the length of time necessary to complete the two degrees may vary depending on the point at which the student applies. Any Drucker student interested in the JD/MBA program should first meet with MBA Program staff to receive a letter of introduction to Southwestern’s JD/MBA Director.
Can Drucker School graduates apply to the Program?
Alumni within five years of graduation may apply to the JD program and, if accepted, can apply Drucker School credits toward their business degree. Alumni must meet the same admissions requirements as other applicants.
What if I graduated more than five years ago?
Drucker alumni who graduated more than five years ago may also apply to Southwestern but, if accepted, they will not be able to apply Drucker credits toward their Southwestern degree. Moreover, Drucker will not give special consideration to alumni applicants more than five years post-masters.
Are there a limited number of spots available in the program?
There is no formal limit, but both schools are looking for students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and a compelling interest in combining business and law.
If I complete the program successfully will I receive one diploma or two?
You will receive two diplomas – the JD from Southwestern and the MBA, MAM or EMBA from Drucker.