Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or better; must be matriculated in J.D. program at Albany Law School
- Application fee of $75
- All official college transcripts
- Personal statement in a one-page or less essay
- The GMAT, a requirement for M.B.A. admission,
will be waived in lieu of an adequate LSAT score for joint program candidates
Recommendations are not required for J.D./M.B.A. joint program students, however the
Clarkson University Admissions Committee reserves the right to request them if additional information is needed to make an admissions decision.
Combined program students must apply and be accepted at each school independently. Clarkson University applications are usually submitted by spring of the first year at Albany Law School. Second-year Albany Law School students may apply for the joint degree program.
Master of Business Administration
The joint J.D./M.B.A. with
Clarkson University combines a strong foundation in business theory with experience in practical business applications. The program draws extensively on the experience and potential of Capital Region businesses and reflects the needs of today's business community. The M.B.A. program culminates with a capstone course where students serve as consultants to companies and address real-world challenges by delivering a business plan with executable solutions. Students also complete a graduate internship which enhances their business experience. In combination with the Albany Law School Juris Doctor, the M.B.A. provides excellent preparation for those who plan on careers as in-house corporate counsel, with law firms that represent business clientele, or other career paths that require complementary knowledge of law and business.
The joint program allows students to "double count" courses—reducing the total time it takes to complete the two degrees—so both degrees are earned typically in four years. As a result, the cost of earning the two degrees is significantly less than the cost of earning the degrees separately. Clarkson University accepts up to four Albany Law School courses toward the M.B.A. degree. In addition, Albany Law School will transfer in one term's worth of free electives from the M.B.A. courses taken at
Clarkson University, which allows the student to eliminate the last term at Albany Law School. Courses taken as an undergraduate may also be considered for M.B.A. course waiver. In total,
Clarkson University can waive up to eight courses toward the M.B.A.; four taken at Albany Law School and up to four based on undergraduate course work.
Combined-program students typically complete the first year full-time at Albany Law School. The second year is spent as a full-time student at
Clarkson University. Some students complete the M.B.A. requirements in the second year. If necessary, students can complete the remaining courses by taking one evening M.B.A. course per term in the third and fourth years.
Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment
Capital Region Campus
80 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12308