The University at Albany School of Business and Albany Law School today announced a cooperative J.D. and M.B.A. program, allowing students to simultaneously pursue and complete law and graduate-level business degrees. The program allows students to customize their business studies with law and business related course work and can be completed in four years, as opposed to the more traditional five-year commitment. "We've seen significant demand for this kind of program, which positions graduates well for careers in commercial and investment banking, government regulation, business policy analysis and management consulting," said Donald Siegel, dean of the University at Albany School of Business. "Companies are increasingly interested in hiring individuals with a robust knowledge of both business and legal issues.""Having complementary degrees can provide a significant advantage in today's competitive business environment," said Connie Mayer, acting president and dean of Albany Law School. "Students will be able to center their legal courses around their intensive business studies." Students can apply to the joint degree program upon application to Albany Law School, or after they have completed some of their legal studies. Once accepted, students take a one-year leave from the law school to complete 36 credits at the University at Albany School of Business, then combine their final business studies with ongoing law training. The J.D./M.B.A. program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2009 semester.