The William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV Lee Business School offer a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) degree program that allows students admitted to both programs to pursue the two degrees concurrently.

Visit the UNLV Lee Business School website for more information.

Credit Requirements
Pursued individually, the JD requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the MBA requires the completion of 42 credit hours. The dual JD/MBA requires the completion of 80 law credit hours and 30 business credit hours, as 12 credit hours of law courses are accepted toward the MBA and nine credit hours of business courses are accepted toward the JD.

Application & Matriculation

Dual degree students receive the JD degree and the transfer of MBA credits only when both degree programs are completed. A dual degree student who does not finish the MBA degree will be able to count just six credits of MBA or other graduate course work toward the J.D. degree.

Applicants to the JD/MBA program must apply for, and gain admission to, both the Boyd School of Law JD program and to the Lee Business School MBA program, respectively.

Applicants must include a statement in each application indicating the desire to pursue the dual JD/MBA degree.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should secure admission to each program at the same time. However, petitions for admission to the dual JD/MBA program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Under American Bar Association standards, the Boyd School of Law cannot award credit for any coursework taken prior to matriculation into the JD program. JD/MBA candidates therefore normally must enroll at the Boyd School of Law and complete one year of study before taking any MBA courses to be applied to the JD degree.


MBA Core Required Courses:21 credits
Accounting for Managers3
Leadership, Teams, and Individuals3
Financial Decision Making3
Market Opportunity Analysis3
Applied Economic Analysis3
Data Modeling and Analysis3
Strategic Management3
MBA Free Electives:9
JD Required Courses:43 credits*
Civil Procedure/Alternative Dispute Resolution I4
First Year Elective3
Constitutional Law I3
Constitutional Law II3
Criminal Law3
Lawyering Process I3
Lawyering Process II3
Professional Responsibility3
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course3
Directed Electives at Law School:18 credits
Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar3
Advanced Issues in Tax3
Banking Law3
Bankruptcy Law2-3
Business Organizations3
Commercial Law (Core Concepts of Secured Transactions and Payment Systems)3
Conflicts of Laws3
Economics and the Law3
Employment Law3
Employment Discrimination Law3
Federal Income Tax3
Federal Taxation1-5
Gaming Law3
Gaming Policy Law Seminar1-3
Health Care Organization and Finance3
Insurance Law3
Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets3
International Business Transactions3
Labor Law3
Legal Drafting: Transactional Drafting3
Legal Drafting: Advanced Drafting and Research in Business Contexts3
Payment Systems3
Real Estate Finance3
Sales and Leases3
Secured Transactions3
Taxation of Business Entities3
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
Wills, Trusts, and Estates3
* Students in the JD/MBA program must successfully complete at least 18 credits of directed electives course work. For questions about which courses count, or whether new courses can satisfy the directed electives requirement, contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
Free Electives at Law School:19 credits
Students in the JD/MBA program must complete 19 other credits of "free" electives at the law school. These free electives may come from the list of directed electives or from any other elective offered at the law school.