Joint Degrees - J.D./M.B.A in Sports Business

The joint J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business is offered through Marquette University's Law School and the Graduate School of Management. The program enables students to earn both degrees in less time than if each degree were pursued separately (typically a total of four years). By also earning the National Sports Law Institute's Sports Law Certificate, Marquette students have the opportunity to combine their knowledge of sports law with a graduate business education that will provide them with a unique package of educational credentials that promises to be attractive to sports industry employers. Graduates will acquire knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical legal and business issues likely to be encountered by sport organizations in the 21st century. The hallmark of the joint degree program is the readily transferable legal and business knowledge and skills learned in both programs, which can be applied to a wide range of employment opportunities outside the sports industry.

Students interested in participating in the J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business joint degree program must separately apply to and be accepted into the J.D. and M.B.A. programs.

Students generally enroll at Marquette University Law School and complete the required first year law curriculum before beginning to take classes in the M.B.A. program, or any sports law courses that are available for second or third year law students. Typically, students enrolled in the joint J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business program will take between 4 and 5 years to complete the requirements to receive both degrees. However, students have up to 6 years to complete the M.B.A. degree, and up to 4 years to complete the J.D. requirements.

Marquette University Law School's Juris Doctorate Program

A specific course of pre-law study is not required for admission to the Law School. However, there are certain educational objectives that students should keep in mind when planning their college or university program. Prospective students are encouraged to read through the tips on preparation for law school on the Office of Admission's website.

All applicants to the Law School must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university before enrolling in the Law School. All applicants are also required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and to subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Extensive details on applying to Marquette University Law School can be found on the Office of Admissions website. In addition, in order to receive the J.D. degree students must comply with Marquette University Law School's degree requirements.

For further information on admission to Marquette University Law School call (414) 288-6767 or send an email.

Marquette University Law School's Sports Law Program

Students who are accepted for admittance to Marquette University Law School do not need to separately apply to be part of the Sports Law Program. All Marquette University Law School students are eligible to participate in the Sports Law Program by enrolling in sports law courses, meeting the standards for membership on the Marquette Sports Law Review, being selected to participate in the National Sports Law Institute's internship program, or participating in the other parts of the Sports Law Program.

Students graduating from Marquette University Law School are then eligible to earn a Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports Law Institute. The Institute will present the Certificate each student who has satisfied all Certificate requirements in the semester of their graduation.

For further information about the Sports Law Program, call (414) 288-5815 or send an email.

Marquette University, Graduate School of Management, Master of Business Administration

Students interested in the joint J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business program must apply separately to the Graduate School of Management for admission to the M.B.A. program. 

In general, the Graduate School of Management's graduate programs enroll students on a "rolling basis". This means that applications are reviewed as they are completed and students can enter most of the programs every term (i.e., Fall, Spring or Summer).  Law applicants to the MBA program must apply to the on-campus MBA program and they may submit LSAT results as a substitute exam for the GMAT/GRE. Details on the M.B.A. program can be found on the Graduate School of Management's website. MBA application information and information on tuition costs is also available. 

For more information on the the M.B.A. program contact Dr. Jeanne Simmons, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs at (414) 288-7145 or by email.

Unique Features of the J.D./M.B.A. Program

Students have the opportunity to earn a J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School, an M.B.A. degree in Sports Business from Marquette University's Graduate School of Management, and a Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports Law Institute, which is affiliated with the Law School.

All Sports Law courses count towards the requirements for the J.D. degree and also may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Sports Law Certificate.

Joint JD/MBA students wanting to earn the specialization in Sport Business must complete 12 credits of Sports Law courses.  Ten credit hours of Sports Law courses may be counted as 9 credits of open electives and one credit of skills course credit for the M.B.A. component of the joint degree program.  The ten credit hours must include Amateur Sports Law (3 credit hours), Professional Sports Law (3 credit hours), one 2 credit hour Sports Law Workshop (e.g., Legal and Business Issues in Baseball, Legal and Business Issues in Collegiate Athletics, Legal Issues in Youth, High School, and Recreational Sports, Representing Professional Athletes and Coaches,  Sports Industry Governance, Sports Sponsorship and Marketing Legal and Business Issues, Sports Venues), and one 2 credit hour Topics in Advanced Legal Research - Sports Law course. Only a maximum of 9 credits can be double counted for the MBA program.  Joint degree program students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all classes taken to fulfill the requirements for the M.B.A. in Sport Business degree, including the sports law classes used as open electives. In addition, students must earn a grade of at least a C in all sports law classes counted as open electives for the M.B.A. in Sport Business degree.

All students participating in the J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business joint degree program must take a 3 credit hour course that satisfies the Information Technology and eBusiness requirement for the M.B.A. degree. Students may take the Internet Law or comparable course currently offered by the Law School to fulfill this requirement. Doing so will enable a total of 12 credit hours of Law School courses to be counted towards the requirements for the M.B.A. in Sports Business component of the joint degree.