The Law School and Yale's
School of Management (SOM) unveiled a pilot three-year joint degree program
last spring for students interested in an integrated law and business
curriculum. At the end of the three year Accelerate Integrated JD-MBA
program (AI JD-MBA), students earn both a JD and an MBA. Yale is the
third university in the country to offer a three-year JD-MBA and the first do
so without requiring summer classes. The summer before the first year of
the program and subsequent summers during the program are open, so students can
pursue internships and other employment opportunities.
"The program will prepare students for the increasingly complex
intersection of business and law," said former Dean Harold Koh.
"Students will master analytical and quantitative skills that will
be of value for a business law-related practice but also more broadly for
careers as entrepreneurs and managers in business and non-profit
The new program supplements our existing four-year JD-MBA program, one of the
most popular joint degree programs at YLS. As the name implies, the
four-year JD-MBA allows students to complete both degrees in four years with no
summer coursework. One of the highlights of this program (and most of our
other joint degree programs) is the curricular and scheduling flexibility
afforded to participants. Students in the four-year program are mostly
free to choose which semesters they spend at which school, as long as total of
five terms are spent at YLS and three are spent at SOM. Additionally, the
four-year JD-MBA is not limited to SOM. Students have the ability to
pursue their MBA at a different university.
In order to compress the rigorous JD-MBA curriculum into three years,
participants lose some flexibility when compared to the four-year
program. Students must begin the program at YLS, where they spend their
first year. In the second year, students spend both semesters at SOM, but
take one class in the spring at YLS. The third year is spent at YLS.
When compared to the four-year program, students lose ability to take one
term's worth of electives at YLS; two when compared to non-joint degree
Students pay regular JD tuition in their first year, a special tuition to SOM
in their second year, and a special tuition to YLS in their third year.
Need-based loans taken during the semesters in which students paid tuition to
SOM are eligible for SOM's
Loan Forgiveness Support. Need-based loans taken during the semesters
in which students paid tuition to the YLS are eligible for COAP.
Applicants interested in the AI JD-MBA must apply to both
YLS and SOM. The applications can either
be submitted simultaneously or YLS students can apply to the program during
their first year of law school. Detailed
application instructions for simultaneous
applicants and YLS 1Ls
can be found on our website.
More information about the three-year AI JD-MBA and four-year JD-MBA programs,
as well as our other joint degrees, can be found on our joint degree page. The AI JD-MBA Program has its own site
hosted by the Yale Law School
Center for the Study of Corporate Law.
In addition to an overview of the program and application instructions,
you can view videos
of professors and alumni talking about the AI JD-MBA and the benefits of pursuing
degrees in law and business.
New Haven can be a wonderful place to spend
the summer. The campus quiets down, but
that doesn't mean that the activities stop.
In fact, one of New Haven's
most famous events, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas takes place in
June. The Festival's main stage on the
New Haven Green features days of free performances that turn out the local
community. Performances are also held at
theaters throughout New Haven and the concerts
come right up to our doorstep here at the Law School,
with the courtyard providing an intimate venue for a night of music. (Check
out the pictures below!)
The International Festival of Arts
and Ideas just celebrated its fourteenth year, and has become renowned as one
of the world's most significant arts festivals. The Festival is a global event in New Haven. Each summer, the Festival showcases hundreds
of international artists and speakers from over 75 countries in a broad array
of genres. The Festival brings U.S. premieres to New Haven, operas to the Green,
internationally recognized names and dynamic, emerging, local artists to a new
audience. And to top it all, much of the
Festival programming is free.
The 2009 Festival, themed Global
Identities/Local Heroes, featured performances by artists such as Jason Moran,
the Barabbas Theater Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group. (Check out the NYT review of the Mark Morris
Dance Group performance here: www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/arts/dance/27dido.html?pagewanted=all).
Mavis Staples and They Might be
Giants could be seen in free performances on the New Haven Green, along with
performances by local and international artists. The courtyard concert series brought alto
saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Tania Libertad, whose
singing blends the Afro-Peruvian tradition with many other styles, and the
international lyrical sound of Rupa & The April Fishes here to the Law School.
The Festival also
brings ideas to New Haven. From conversations about the Hidden Assault
on our Civil Rights and Confronting the Global Economic Crisis, to Food:
Pleasure, Policy and Public Health, this year's Festival brought together an
inspirational group of people from around the world to think about the
challenges facing us on a local and global level. Attendees also had the opportunity to
converse about the arts with novelist Frank McCourt, choreographer Mark Morris,
and soul singer Mavis Staples, among many others.
Food enthusiasts were able to tour
the kitchens of local restaurants and enjoy specialty dinners from the
chefs. I didn't sign up early enough,
but the Flavors from Iberia
to Latin America tour, featuring Ibiza, Soul
de Cuba and Geronimo sounded fantastic!
If you want to attend one of the dinners next year - be sure to sign up
To learn more about the Festival or
if you plan to be in the New Haven area next summer, keep a watch on the
Festival's website (www.artidea.org) for
the plans for June, 2010. Once the
schedule is announced, tickets for the more popular events go quickly - so sign
up if you see something you like. Or you
can always stop by the New Haven Green to catch one of the many free performances
taking place throughout the Festival.