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					                                              SOUTHWESTERN ESTABLISHES NEW DUAL-DEGREE
                                                PROGRAMS IN LAW AND MANAGEMENT WITH
                                                     PRESTIGIOUS DRUCKER SCHOOL
                                                   J . D . / M . B . A . – J . D. / M . A . M . – J . D. / E . M . B . A .

                                  F R E Q U E N T LY A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S
Q: What dual degrees are available to Southwestern                        Executive M.B.A. degree will be able to apply 10 units from
students through this collaboration?                                      their Southwestern courses, leaving 38 units to complete at
A: Students at Southwestern will be able to earn a J.D. and               Drucker.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a J.D. and Master
of Arts in Management (M.A.M.), or a J.D. and an Executive                Q: How long will it take students to earn the two degrees?
M.B.A.* (E.M.B.A.).                                                       A: Most full-time students should be able to complete both
                                                                          degrees in 4 to 4 ½ years. The length of the program will vary
Q: Why have Drucker and Southwestern created this                         depending on the student’s schedule. Part-time students,
partnership?                                                              including those in Southwestern’s Evening and PLEAS
A: The combination of legal training and management                       programs and in Drucker’s part-time M.B.A. and E.M.B.A.
skills is increasingly in demand, and we believe graduates of             programs, will generally take longer to complete requirements
these concurrent degree programs will find enhanced career                for both degrees than full-time day students. SCALE® students,
opportunities and be able to make a positive difference. And              because of the particularly intense nature of their program,
the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of                 will likely have to complete the two degrees sequentially.
Management, part of Claremont Graduate University, is one of
the nation’s premier management schools.                                  Q: What is the course of study for the dual-degree
Named for management guru Peter H. Drucker and                            A: If you are an entering Southwestern or Drucker student,
international retailing giant Masatoshi Ito, the Drucker School           you will spend your first year at Southwestern Law School,
views management as an art as well as a science. Drucker’s                taking the 1L coursework. During your second year in the
curriculum integrates perspectives from a wide variety of                 program, you will take the required first-year Drucker courses.
disciplines including the social and behavioral sciences,                 The curriculum in your third and subsequent years will include
philosophy, the humanities, history, technology, religion and             the remaining required courses and electives for both degrees.
mathematics. The school aims to train effective managers                  As part of the M.B.A. coursework, students may use their
and ethical leaders who make a difference in the lives and                elective slots to pursue a concentration in Finance, Strategy,
institutions they touch by infusing them with high values,                Leadership or Marketing or simply take other electives as their
defining common purpose, and bringing dignity to human                    interests dictate.
interaction. Like the other Claremont University graduate
programs, Drucker is small, with 400 students and 14 core                 Q: How far apart are the campuses?
faculty, allowing for a personalized and practical, yet reflective        A: Depending on where a student lives, he or she could
learning experience. See                                 choose to commute from either campus. Drucker is about an
                                                                          hour from Southwestern by freeway or by train. The Drucker
Q: What is the advantage of earning these degrees                         campus is walking distance from the Metrolink train station
through this dual-degree program?                                         ( and the Southwestern campus
A: Southwestern students who pursue the J.D./M.B.A. degree                is walking distance from a Metro Red Line stop (www.mta.
can apply 16 units earned at Southwestern to the 60 units                 net). There are also plans to offer some Drucker courses at
required for the M.B.A. They will complete the additional                 Southwestern.
44 units at Drucker and should be able to complete both
degrees within 4 to 4 ½ years. Law students who wish to                   Q: Can third and fourth-year students take courses at both
earn the J.D./M.A.M. degree can apply 6 semester units                    schools concurrently?
completed at Southwestern towards the 32-unit Master of                   A: Yes, depending on their course schedule.
Arts in Management degree. The remaining 26 units will
be completed at Drucker. Law students with extensive                      Q: Will any courses be offered online?
management experience who wish to earn the 48-unit                        A: At this point, no.
* J.D./E.M.B.A. may be an option for students with extensive management                             - continued -
or related business experience.
              Southwestern Law School Admissions  T: 213.738.6717  E: 
                   The Drucker School Admissions  T: 800.944.4312  E: 
Q: Can dual-degree students participate in                                other applicants. We also encourage Southwestern alumni,
Southwestern’s honors programs?                                           particularly those currently employed, to explore Drucker’s
A: Yes, although you will likely have to defer participation in           E.M.B.A. Program. The E.M.B.A. degree requires fewer units
Law Review, Law Journal, Moot Court and the Trial Advocacy                (48, as opposed to 60 for the M.B.A.), and offers a more
Honors Program until the third and fourth years in the                    flexible course schedule focused around weekend and
program, after you’ve taken Drucker’s required courses.                   evening classes.

Q: Is there an honors program at Drucker?                                 Q: What if I graduated more than five years ago?
A: Yes. Students entering The Drucker School may be                       A: Southwestern alumni who graduated more than five
accepted as Drucker Centennial Fellows and the Doris                      years ago may also apply to Drucker but, if accepted, they
Drucker Women in Leadership Fellows. These Fellows                        will not be able to apply Southwestern credits toward their
Programs offer students the opportunity to work with the                  Drucker degree. Moreover, Drucker will not give special
school’s administration in strategic planning, and various                consideration to alumni applicants more than five years
research and writing projects, as well as interactions with               post-J.D.
the Dean and other executives.
                                                                          Q: Are there a limited number of spots available in the
Q: Will I be able to participate in externships/internships               dual-degree program?
as part of these programs?                                                A: There is no formal limit, but both schools are looking for
A: Yes, students may participate in Southwestern                          students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and a
externships, most likely during their third and fourth years in           compelling interest in combining business and law.
the dual-degree program. Students will also be able to take
advantage of the Drucker Career Center, Mentoring Program                 Q: If I complete the program successfully will I receive
and Alumni Office, each of which has programs in place to                 one diploma or two?
help students find internships that will expose them to the               A: You will receive two diplomas – the J.D. from
real-world skills that they will need when they leave school.             Southwestern and the M.B.A., M.A.M. or E.M.B.A from
Q: Will I have access to both schools’ career planning
offices throughout my course of study?                                    Q: What are the admission requirements for the dual-
A: Yes.                                                                   degree program?
                                                                          A: All applicants must complete the standard application
Q: May I complete the program at one school and then                      for each school, and submit required test scores, transcripts,
commence the other program sequentially?                                  and letters of recommendation. At least one letter should
A: Yes.                                                                   explicitly address the candidate’s fitness for the dual-degree
                                                                          program (see question below regarding letters of
Q: What happens if I change my mind and just want to                      recommendation). Southwestern applicants must also
pursue one program or the other?                                          submit an additional essay explaining their motivation for
A: No problem. You can withdraw from the dual-degree                      earning a business degree as well as the experiences and
program and complete the degree you want.                                 activities that qualify them for this program. Interviews are
                                                                          also part of the application process, and applicants will be
Q: Are students in all Southwestern programs eligible                     jointly evaluated by Drucker and Southwestern Admissions
for the dual-degree program?                                              Officers.
A: Yes. Applicants as well as current students in the Day,
Evening, PLEAS and SCALE programs may apply along with                    Q: Who should I ask to write the letter of
Drucker students and recent alumni (five years out or less).              recommendation and what should it say?
                                                                          A: Business school and law school are each intense
Q: Can students who have already started law school                       academic experiences requiring a high level of skill and
still apply to the dual-degree program?                                   commitment. To assess whether applicants have the ability
A: Yes. Students may apply for admission to the dual-degree               to complete two demanding degrees, we want to hear from
program at any point during law school, but the length                    someone who knows you as a student, intern or employee.
of time necessary to complete the two degrees may vary                    We urge current business and law students to ask one of
depending on the point at which the student applies.                      their professors at Southwestern or Drucker to write on
                                                                          their behalf. New applicants to either school should submit
Q: Can Southwestern Law School graduates apply to the                     a letter from a college professor or their current employer.
dual-degree program?                                                      Recommendation letters should address the applicant’s
A: Alumni within five years of graduation may apply to                    academic abilities, interest in pursuing the dual degrees
the M.B.A., M.A.M. or E.M.B.A. programs and, if accepted,                 and other qualities or experiences that bear upon his or her
can apply law school credits toward their business degree.                qualifications for this program.
Alumni must meet the same admissions requirements as

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Q: Why do you require an interview?                              Q: When can I take the GMAT?
A: Since we want to maximize the likelihood that students        A: The GMAT is offered frequently. Visit
accepted into the program will successfully complete both        mba to register and locate a test site. The Drucker School
degrees, interviews provide another opportunity to assess        also hosts a Kaplan GMAT Prep Course in the early summer.
an applicant’s ability and motivation to pursue the rigorous     For more information about this on-campus course, please
course of study.                                                 contact Danielle Coffin at 909.607.5117 or danielle.coffin@
Q: What are the application deadlines for the dual-
degree program?                                                  Q: How much will the dual-degree program cost?
A: Southwestern reviews applications on a rolling basis.         A: Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees
The application deadline is April 1, but later submissions       based on the units they take at each school. These costs are
will still be considered. Drucker has a “priority” due date of   charged by the schools respectively.
February 15, but accepts applications every month after
that. Students who submit their applications by February 15      Q: How will financial aid be handled?
will receive priority consideration for financial aid.           A: A student’s “home” school will disburse funds to the
                                                                 other institution during terms of concurrent enrollment.
Q: If I am a current Drucker student, do I have to take the      Southwestern will be the “home” school for anyone who
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?                                starts the program here first; Drucker will be the “home”
A: Yes.                                                          school for current business students who are admitted to
                                                                 the dual-degree program.
Q: When can I take the LSAT?
A: The LSAT is offered four times a year. The test is            Q: If I still have questions, who should I contact?
administered by the Law School Admission Council                 A: At Southwestern, contact Molly Selvin at mselvin@
and more information can be found at      or 213.738.6624; at The Drucker School, contact
Southwestern is an LSAT test site.                               Christina Wassenaar at or
 Q: If I am a current Southwestern student or recent
graduate, do I have to take the Graduate Management
Admission Test (GMAT)?
A: The Drucker School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the
GMAT for current Southwestern students applying for the
M.B.A. and M.A.M. programs who are in the top half of
their class. The Drucker School will also waive the GMAT for
alumni within five years of graduation who were ranked
in the top half of their class and for students entering
Southwestern in the Fall 2009 term or later who score 155
and above on the LSAT. All M.B.A. and M.A.M. applicants who
do not meet these requirements will be required to take the
GMAT. E.M.B.A. students are not required to take the GMAT.

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