4 Year JD/MBA Class Planning and Advising

Four Year JD/MBA students follow the same 1L curriculum as their JD peers during their first year. They can select to be in residence at Booth or The Law School during their second and third years. Law students must complete nine quarters of residency at the Law School towards their JD degree***.

4 year sample plan
  Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Year 1 1L curriculum+ 1L curriculum+ 1L curriculum+ Possible Law Internship
Year 2 Law coursework+ Law coursework+ Law coursework+ Possible Law Internship
Year 3* Booth coursework‡ Booth coursework‡ Booth coursework‡ Possible Business-related Internship
Year 4 Booth coursework§* Law coursework+ Law coursework+** Graduate: Full-Time Position

*Students can choose to be in residence at Booth during the second or third year, and select what final quarter to be in residence at Booth. Students can take Booth courses in a quarter of Law coursework and vice versa.

**Students should be in residence at the Law School spring quarter of Y4 due to grading deadlines

***Students cannot enroll in less than 9 credits or more than 14 credits in any quarter counting towards Law residency, or when taking a course counting toward the JD.

Colors: +Law residence, ‡Booth residence, §Booth residence, counts towards Law residency requirement as student must take one LAWS course and count 9 credits towards the JD in this quarter.

What is the difference between the 3 Year JD/MBA and the 4 Year JD/MBA programs?

The 3 year program is very structured as students take the following: Y1- standard 1L curriculum, Y2 - Booth coursework + 5 Doctoroff courses, Y3 - complete remaining Law requirements. Students in the 3 year JD/MBA program cannot take Booth coursework in their third year. There is also a requirement of 2 Booth courses to be taken (total) during 1L and/or 2L summers in the 3 year program.

The 4 Year JD/MBA program does provide more flexibility and students have more opportunity to take Booth coursework. Students in both programs ultimately only count 12 non-LAWS credits towards their JD degrees.

In the 3 year program 35 core credits are required in place of 40 core credits in the 4 year program. 40 core credits is the standard for students pursuing the JDThe Law School Degree Audit shows a breakdown of the JD requirements.

Read more about the 3 Year JD/MBA. 

How many quarters of residency do I need for my JD degree?

Students need a total of nine quarters of residence for the JD degrees. 

Students will pay 8 quarters of Law School tuition, and will count one of their Booth tuition quarters towards the 9th quarter of Law residency. In this quarter, students must take at least one LAWS class, and count at least 9 credits toward the JD requirements.

This does not factor into your Booth residency or Booth tuition obligation. Please refer to the chart above for number of quarters of Booth residency in the JD/MBA.

How many non-LAWS credits can I count towards my JD degree?

​​​​​​Students can count a total of 12 credits of non-LAWS courses towards the JD degree. Doctoroff courses are LAWS classes and do not count towards the non-law cap.

Can I take less than 9 credits or more than 14 credits during a quarter that is counting towards my JD residency?

No. Students must remain between 9 and 14 credits during all quarters counting towards the JD degree, including non-law class credits. There are no exceptions for the 14 credit max cap requirement each quarter. Please visit the Student Handbook for more information.

Where can I find more information on the JD curriculum?

Please visit the Student Handbook and JD Advising webpage.

Where can I track my JD degree requirements?

Each student has access to their individualized Degree Progress Report 24/7.

What is the credit conversion between the Law School courses and Booth courses?


  • 50 units = 1 credit
  • 75 units = 2 credits
  • 100 units = 3 credits

How do I register for my Booth courses in my 2L year and beyond?

Booth will be in communication during the summer before you matriculate to Booth to discuss how to register for courses. You may also register and bid for Law classes through the Law registration processes

Am I required to earn both degrees in the same quarter?

Yes. In the dual programs students must meet the requirements for both programs in the same quarter.

Who should I contact...

If I am dual student or am interested in the program and I have questions about the JD degree?

Please contact Lana Ammari, Associate Director of Student Affairs at the Law School.

If I am a dual student or am interested in the program and have questions about the MBA degree?

Please contact Leah Kaltz, Associate Director, Academic Services at Booth.

At the Law School if I have questions about applying to the 4 Year JD/MBA? 

Please email admissions@law.uchicago.edu

From the Office of Career Services as a JD/MBA student? 

Please contact the Office of Career Services

From the Law School with questions regarding Financial Aid? 

Please contact Zach Weber, Director of Financial Aid.  

If have questions about student groups specific to the JD/MBA program? 

Learn more about the JD/MBA Association