Applications for admission to the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program, which enables students to simultaneously pursue a juris doctor at Columbia Law School and a master’s of business administration at Columbia Business School, must be filed separately at each school.
Ultimately, each school’s admissions decisions are based solely on that school’s selection criteria and, accordingly, are determined independently. However, limited consultation between the schools during the admissions process may occur.
The deadline to apply to each of the Law School and the Business School for the Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. class entering in August 2015 is February 15, 2015. Candidates for the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program must select the option within the respective applications indicating their intent to apply. For candidates applying simultaneously, applications will not be evaluated by each school’s admissions committee until both applications have been completed.
The Law School generally renders decisions no later than April 30 of each admissions cycle. Should you apply to the Law School under the Early Decision Plan, a decision will be rendered in the time-frame allotted to applicants under the Plan; however, a corresponding timely application must also be completed and submitted to the Business School in order for a decision to be rendered by the Law School within the Plan period.
The Business School generally renders decisions within six to eight weeks following the completion of an application. Should you apply to the Business School under the Early Decision Plan, a decision will be rendered in the time-frame allotted to applicants under the Plan; however, a corresponding timely application must also be completed and submitted to the Law School in order for a decision to be rendered by the Business School within the stated period. Please note that, except for applications under its binding Early Decision Plan, the Law School will not render a decision earlier than February 15, 2015.
Please note that these deadlines are subject to change for future admissions cycles. While it is preferred that candidates apply simultaneously to both schools, first-year law students may apply to the program. Deferrals of matriculation are not permitted for students admitted to the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program.
Candidates offered admission to the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program must submit the required deposits to each school by the respective deadlines. The Law School deposit deadline is May 1; the Business School deposit deadline varies with the date of admission. Failure to submit a required deposit to either school will result in loss of matriculant status for that school and withdrawal from the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program. Students who withdraw from the Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program may transfer to the four-year J.D./M.B.A. program upon written notice to both the Business School and the Law School. However, students who withdraw from the Law School at any point after admission to the Three-Year Program are required to reapply for admission to Columbia Business School if they wish to complete the M.B.A. degree.
Learn more about the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program
For specific questions regarding the academic guidelines of the program, candidates may contact Yadira Ramos-Herbert , Director of Academic Counseling and Student Outreach at the Law School, and Vidhi Desai, Assistant Director of Student Affairs at the Business School. Questions regarding tuition and financial aid should be directed to Charles DeRubeis, Director of Financial Aid at the Law School, and Marilena Botoulas, Director of Financial Aid at the Business School.
Q&A Information Sessions
In the fall of 2014, the offices of admissions for the J.D. program and the M.B.A. program will host two joint sessions during which officers from both schools will take applicants’ questions about the Columbia Three-Year J.D./M.B.A. Program.
Joint Q&A Session Schedule
The Information Session schedule for fall 2014 will be posted in early September.
Prior to attending the joint session, you are strongly encouraged to attend an M.B.A. Information Session. A schedule of M.B.A. Information Sessions can be found on the Business School website. For more information regarding J.D. Information Sessions, visit the Law School website.
For general questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the Law School Office of Admissions or the Business School Office of Admissions.