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10/17/12: Schools team to offer combined MBA, law degrees

Release Date: 10/17/2012


OCTOBER 17, 2012 -- Students who want to receive two major advanced degrees at one time can take advantage of a new dual-degree program that will be offered for the first time next year by the Charleston School of Law and the College of Charleston School of Business.

The new program will allow participating students to receive a law degree as well as a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in three and a half years -- half a year less than if students pursued the degrees separately.

“Not only is this a way for students to save money and time, but this dual-degree program will help students interested in law and business develop professional synergies that might not be apparent if they were training separately,” said Charleston School of Law Dean Andy Abrams.

Alan T. Shao, dean of the College of Charleston School of Business said the combined degree was a smart way for students to get ready for careers that combine law and business.

“We are eager to accept high performing law students into our MBA program and help them differentiate their credentials before they enter the job market,” says Alan T. Shao, Dean of the School of Business.  “This is an exciting partnership with the Charleston School of Law and we look forward to working with the administration and their talented candidates.”

Through the new dual-degree program, full-time students will spend their first two years in law school.  Their third year will be at the College of Charleston School of Business, as well as a Maymester at the law school.  In addition, students will study abroad with the entire MBA class before returning back to the Charleston School of Law to fulfill requirements of a law degree.  To participate, students must apply separately to both schools and coordinate matriculation through the program.

The one-year global MBA program currently offered by the College of Charleston School of Business is accredited by AACSB International and is recognized for how it pairs high-achieving students with industry mentors to develop professional skills and career opportunities.  Students enrolled in the program have diverse education backgrounds including history, communications, business, political science, biology, engineering and other disciplines.  The global MBA program is built around a core of innovative thinking, aggressive learning and real-world experience. 

The Charleston School of Law, a fully-accredited law school with the American Bar Association, offers an engaging, rich legal environment for students who want to learn how to practice law as a profession. It provides students with hands-on learning environment filled with opportunities for demanding externships that help students become ready to practice upon graduation.

For more on the new program, contact Penny McKeever at mckeeverp@cofc.edu or 843.953.8112.