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As business and law become increasingly interconnected, the Moore School of Business and the School of Law at the University of South Carolina offer a cross-disciplinary opportunity to pursue a joint JD/IMBA program, while saving time by enrolling in both programs concurrently. JD/IMBA students complete their first two years of law school before starting IMBA coursework in year three. Then in year four classes are taken concurrently, completing the JD/IMBA in four years (five years for Japanese, Arabic and Chinese language tracks).

With two great networks to connect with for career opportunities and the ability to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market, the JD/IMBA is a logical choice for those wanting to start a career in international law and business.

"An International MBA from the Moore School will provide the added education and tools necessary to be an outstanding corporate lawyer. While my juris doctorate degree will teach me to focus on the details, the International MBA will teach me to look at the big picture."

-Jonathan Ruede
Portuguese Track
JD/IMBA, 2015

JD/IMBA Joint Degree Timeline*
  • Year 1: Law School (August-May) and summer clerkship(s) (May-August).
  • Year 2: Law School (August-May) and summer clerkship or internship (May-late June) Students must be ready to start the IMBA cohort by late June.
  • Year 3: Start IMBA core at the Moore School (July-December). In-country language Immersion (January-April). International internship (late April-August).
  • Year 4: Take classes at the Moore School and the Law School (August-May).  
    *Typical timeline for two-year IMBA language tracks
Admissions Overview for JD/IMBA 
  • Applicants should first be admitted into the JD program at the law school before applying to the IMBA program. It is recommended that individuals apply to the IMBA by the early fall of their second year of law school. Separate applications are required for each program.
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE score is required for admissions consideration into the IMBA program.
  • Applicants to the joint degree program with strong undergraduate and law school GPAs, competitive GMAT or GRE scores, and clerkship/internship experience can be considered for admission into the IMBA in lieu of the two-years of post bachelors work experience requirement.
  • Learn more about Admissions Requirements and Tuition and Fees.