JD/MBAGraduate School of Business

The University of Maine School of Law and the MaineMBA offer a joint degree program combining the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration degrees.

The joint M.B.A. and J.D. degree program gives students the unique skills to serve as leaders in complex legal and business environments. This accelerated program explores the relationship between legal and business enterprises, and bridges advanced knowledge in financial, accounting, managerial, and economic practices with legal applications. For information on University of Maine School of Law admissions, visit mainelaw.maine.edu

MaineMBA / JD Curriculum

The complete MaineMBA curriculum consists of 30 credits.

Joint students in the MaineMBA and J.D. program must complete seven (7) MBA Core Courses (21 credits):

  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations (BUA 601)
  • Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy (BUA 605)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (BUA 609)
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations (BUA 626)
  • Managerial Marketing (BUA 645)
  • Management Policy (BUA 649)
  • Financial Management (BUA 651)

Three (3) University of Maine School of Law courses (9 credits) will fulfill MaineMBA requirements:

  • Business Associations (LAW601)
  • Advanced Business Associations (LAW668)
  • LAW Elective

Three (3) MaineMBA courses will be fulfill University of Maine School of Law requirements.

The complete University of Maine School of Law J.D. curriculum consists of 90 credits. After the student has completed their first year of Law coursework, nine (9) credits of MBA coursework with a grade of B or better will be shared between the two degrees.  Any MaineMBA course EXCEPT Managerial Marketing may be chosen for transfer.

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Admission Requirements

Separate admissions applications are required for each program, however, admissions is streamlined for joint applicants. In addition to submitting an application to the University of Maine School of Law, MaineMBA applicants should submit:

  • Completed online application
  • Contact information for three professional recommendations (can be the same for Maine Law and the MaineMBA programs)
  • Transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • Your current resume
  • Your LSAC admission essay
  • LSAT scores 
  • $65 application fee 

International students will also submit:

International applicants should also review the Office of International Programs page for more information on Visas, financial statements, and other requirements, or to contact an international student advisor.

Minimum Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.5 preferred.  
  • All prerequisites for the MBA with a grade of B- or better.
  • LSAT score minimum of 152
  • For International applicants, a TOEFL minimum of 80 or 6.5 IELTS. 

All applications are reviewed holistically – exceptional career or leadership experience may offset weak scores in some applicants. 


Additional Information

MBA Prerequisite Courses

To ensure that all MaineMBA students have a foundation of business core concepts, prior coursework in the following areas is required:

  • accounting (financial and managerial)
  • economics (macro and micro)
  • statistics
  • finance
  • marketing 
  • management

Prospective joint degree students are encouraged to apply prior to completing prerequisites. Provisionally admitted students may take online prerequisites concurrently with their MBA courses:

  • Intro to Managerial and Financial Accounting (BUA 400)
  • Micro and Macroeconomics (ECO 410)
  • Finance Tutorial (not for credit)
  • Management Tutorial (not for credit)
  • Marketing Tutorial (not for credit)

Professional Recommendations

Professional recommendations may be shared between The University of Maine School of Law and the MaineMBA. Your recommender may use the same letter for both programs, however, they must submit the letter separately with each application.

Application Essay Prompt

The essay may be shared between the University of Maine School of Law and the MaineMBA. Submit your LSAC essay with your MaineMBA application.

Application Fees

Separate application fees are required by LSAC and the Maine Business School.

The Maine Business School waives its application fee for:

  • Graduates of University of Maine System Schools
  • Veterans of the US Armed Forces
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Participants in select programs (eg. IRT/McNair) 

Need-based application fee waivers are not available. 

 

Joint JD/MBA Curriculum Options

Option One:

Year One: Law School, Portland
Fall Semester
  • 15 credit hours Foundation law courses including Contracts
Spring Semester
  • 15 credit hours Foundation law courses including Contracts II

Year Two: MaineMBA – Portland, Orono, or Online

Fall Semester

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy   
  • Financial Management 
  • Managerial Marketing  

Spring Semester 

  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations  
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations
  • Management Policy 
  • Law Elective
  • Law Elective 

Year Three: Law School, Portland

Fall Semester

  • 15 credit Law courses

Spring Semester

  • 15 credit Law courses
Year Four: Law School, Portland

Fall Semester

  • 15 credit hours
Total Law Credits = 81 Credit Hours (27 courses)
Total MBA Credits: 21 Credit Hours (7 courses)
Total Joint degree: 102 Credit Hours (34 courses)

Option Two:

Year One: Law School, Portland
Fall Semester
  • 15 credit hours Foundation law courses including Contracts I

Spring Semester

  • 15 credit hours Foundation law courses including Contracts II
Year Two: Law School, Portland

Fall Semester

  • 15 credit Law courses

Spring Semester

  • 15 credit Law courses   

Year Three: Law School, Portland

Fall Semester

  • 15 credit Law courses

Spring Semester

  • 6 credit Law courses 
  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations  
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations  

Year Four: MaineMBA – Portland, Orono, or Online

Fall Semester

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy   
  • Financial Management 
  • Managerial Marketing  

Spring Semester 

  • Management Policy 
Total Law Credits = 81 Credit Hours (27 courses)
Total MBA Credits: 21 Credit Hours (7 courses)
Total Joint degree: 102 Credit Hours (34 courses)