Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Southwestern-Drucker FAQs





Q: What concurrent degrees are available to Southwestern students through this collaboration?

A: Students at Southwestern will be able to earn a J.D. and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a J.D. and a Professional M.B.A. (P.M.B.A.) or a J.D. and an Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.). The J.D./P.M.B.A. is option for law students with five years of work experience and one year of supervisory experience, while the J.D./E.M.B.A. is an option for students with extensive management or related business experience.

Q: What is the difference between the three management degree programs?

A: The Drucker School has three types of management programs that are tailored for students who have a certain number of years of work experience. Additionally, the class schedule for each program differs.

  • Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A. - full-time/day): Students have an average of three years of work experience.
  • Professional M.B.A. (P.M.B.A. - part-time/evening): Students have an average of five years of work experience, including at least one year of supervisory experience.
  • Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A. - part-time/evening): Students have at least five years of senior-level management experience.

Q: Why have Drucker and Southwestern created this partnership?

A: The combination of legal training and management skills is increasingly in demand, and we believe graduates of these concurrent degree programs will find enhanced career opportunities and be able to make a positive difference. The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, part of Claremont Graduate University, is one of the nation's premier management schools.

Q: What is the advantage of earning these degrees through this concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern students who pursue the J.D./M.B.A. degree can apply 16 units earned at Southwestern to the 60 units required for the M.B.A. They will complete the additional 44 units at Drucker and should be able to complete both degrees within 4 to 4 1/2 years. Law students will also be able to apply 16 of the units earned at Drucker toward the 87 units required for the J.D. degree, leaving 71 units to be completed at Southwestern.

Law students with at least five years of work experience and at least one year of supervisory experience may apply to the Professional M.B.A. ( P.M.B.A.) degree program. Law students who enroll into the P.M.B.A. program will be able to apply 10 units from their Southwestern courses toward the 52 units required for the P.M.B.A. degree, leaving 42 units to be completed at Drucker.

Law students with extensive management experience (a minimum of five years of senior-level management experience) who wish to earn the 48-unit Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) degree will be able to apply 10 units from their Southwestern courses, leaving 38 units to be completed at Drucker.

The table below outlines the number of units that are transferable and required for each degree program, as well as the approximate duration of study.

Unit Trans*
Required Units
Required Units (Drucker)
Duration (years)**


16 71 44 4-4.5 Full-time




varies Part-time

*Number of transferable units that can be applied to each degree
**Approximate duration for each program; P.M.B.A. or E.M.B.A. duration varies based on scheduling

Q: How long will it take students to earn the two degrees?

A: Most full-time students should be able to complete both degrees in four to four-and-a-half years. The length of the program will vary depending on the student's schedule. Part-time students, including those in Southwestern's Evening and PLEAS programs and in Drucker's P.M.B.A. and E.M.B.A. programs, generally takes longer to complete requirements for both degrees than full-time day students. Drucker students enrolled in the full-time M.B.A. program are required to take core courses during the day time and take up to 16 or more units of coursework per semester. Students in the P.M.B.A. and E.M.B.A. take their core and elective courses in the evening - a maximum of eight units per semester.

A special program has been tailored for SCALEĀ® students who are interested in earning a J.D./M.B.A. in three years. SCALE students interested in a J.D./M.B.A. may be able to complete the program in three years dependent on their curriculum track.

Q: How far apart are the campuses?

A: Depending on where a student lives, he or she could choose to commute from either campus. Drucker is about an hour from Southwestern by freeway or by train. The Drucker campus is walking distance from the Claremont Metrolink train station ( and the Southwestern campus is walking distance from the Vermont/Wilshire Metro Red Line stop ( Some Drucker courses are periodically offered at Southwestern.


Q: What is the course of study for the concurrent-degree program?

A: Students entering Southwestern or Drucker will spend the first year at Southwestern, taking the 1L coursework. During the second year in the program, students will generally attend Drucker full-time (16 or more units), taking the core M.B.A. coursework. The curriculum in the third and subsequent years will include the remaining required courses and electives for both degrees as necessary. As part of the M.B.A. coursework, students may use their elective options to pursue a concentration in finance, strategy, leadership, global management, marketing or nonprofit management, or simply take other electives as their interests dictate.

The Practice of Management and Strategy, Leadership and Global Management track may be completed in two semesters (Fall and Spring), but students will have to take a full-load of courses (over 16 units per semester). The Marketing and Finance track may be completed in three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall). Students in this track will need to return the following Fall to complete their required coursework.

Students in the P.M.B.A. or E.M.B.A. will have a variable schedule dependent on their professional goals. Students in the part-time programs will take a maximum of 8 units per semester.

Drucker students pursuing a J.D. at Southwestern may also choose a curricular concentration such as entertainment, international, business or public interest law at the law school.

Q: Can third and fourth-year students take courses at both schools concurrently?

A: Yes, depending on their course schedule.

Q: Will any courses be offered online?

A: At this point, no.

Q: Can concurrent-degree students participate in Southwestern's honors programs?

A: Yes, although students may have to defer participation in these cocurricular activities (Law Review, Law Journal and the Moot Court, Negotiation or Trial Advocacy honors programs) until the third and fourth years in the program, after taking Drucker's required courses.

Q: Is there an honors program at Drucker?

A: Yes. Students entering The Drucker School may be accepted as Drucker Fellows or as Doris Drucker Women in Leadership Fellows. For more information, visit Graduating students who are in the top 20% of their class are invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society that recognizes the most outstanding students of business at institutions accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Q: Will I be able to participate in externships/internships as part of these programs?

A: Yes, students may participate in Southwestern's Externship Program, most likely during their third and fourth years in the concurrent-degree program. Students will also be able to take advantage of the Drucker Career Center and Alumni Office, each of which has programs to help students find internships that will expose them to the real-world skills they will need when they leave school.

Q: Will I have access to both schools' career planning offices throughout my course of study?

A: Yes.

Q: May I complete the program at one school and then commence the other program sequentially?

A: Yes.

Q: What happens if I change my mind and just want to pursue one program or the other?

A: No problem. You can withdraw from the concurrent-degree program and complete the degree you want.

Q: Are students in all Southwestern and Drucker programs eligible for the concurrent-degree program?

A: Yes. Prospective as well as current students in Southwestern's Day, Evening, PLEAS and SCALE programs may apply along with current and prospective Drucker students and recent alumni (five years out or less).

Q: Can students who have already started law school or business school still apply to the concurrent-degree program?

A: Yes. Students may apply for admission to the concurrent-degree program at any point during law school or business school, but the length of time necessary to complete the two degrees may vary depending upon when the student applies. Students applying for admission to both Southwestern and Drucker will be allowed to enroll at Drucker only upon satisfactory completion of their first year at Southwestern.

Q: Can graduates of Southwestern Law School and The Drucker School apply to the concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern alumni within five years of graduation may apply to the M.B.A., P.M.B.A. or E.M.B.A. programs and, if accepted, can apply law school credits toward their business degree and their business school credits toward their J.D. Alumni must meet the same admissions requirements as other applicants.

We also encourage Southwestern alumni, particularly those currently employed, to explore Drucker's Professional M.B.A. (P.M.B.A.) or Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A) program. Both the P.M.B.A. and E.M.B.A. degrees require fewer units (52 and 48, respectively, as opposed to 60 for the M.B.A.). The P.M.B.A. is a structured cohort model program with courses offered in the evening and some weekends. Students who qualify for the P.M.B.A. require five years of professional and supervisory experience. The E.M.B.A. program offers a more flexible course schedule focused around weekend and evening classes. Students who qualify for the E.M.B.A. program have at least five years of senior management experience.

Drucker alumni within five years of graduation may also apply to the J.D. program and, if accepted, can apply Drucker credits toward their law degrees.

Q: What if I graduated more than five years ago?

A: Southwestern alumni who graduated more than five years ago may also apply to Drucker but, if accepted, they will not be able to apply Southwestern credits toward their Drucker degree. Moreover, Drucker will not give special consideration to alumni applicants more than five years post-J.D. Drucker alumni who graduated more than five years ago may also apply to Southwestern but, if accepted, they will not be able to apply Drucker credits toward their law degree. Moreover, Southwestern will not give special consideration to alumni applicants more than five years post-degree.

Q: Are there a limited number of spots available in the concurrent-degree program?

A: There is no formal limit, but both schools are looking for students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and a compelling interest in combining business and law.

Q: If I complete the program successfully will I receive one diploma or two?

A: You will receive two diplomas - the J.D. from Southwestern and the M.B.A., P.M.B.A. or E.M.B.A from Drucker.


Q: What are the admission requirements for the concurrent-degree program?

A: All applicants must complete the standard application for each school, and submit required test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation. At least one letter should explicitly address the candidate's fitness for the concurrent-degree program (see question below regarding letters of recommendation). Southwestern applicants must explaining their motivation for earning a business degree as well as the experiences and activities that qualify them for this program in the personal statement, and submit two additional essays (written and visual). Interviews are also part of the application process. Complete details can be found here.

Prior to submitting their application to Drucker, all Southwestern applicants (prospective and current law students as well as recent graduates) must schedule an interview with Ayumi Nakamoto, Director of Registration and Interdisciplinary Programs. Drucker applicants must schedule an interview with the Drucker Admissions Office ( or (909) 607-7811).

Q: Who should I ask to write the letter of recommendation and what should it say?

A: Business school and law school are each intense academic experiences requiring a high level of skill and commitment. To assess whether applicants have the ability to complete two demanding degrees, we want to hear from someone who knows you as a student, intern or employee. We urge current business and law students to ask one of their professors at Southwestern or Drucker to write on their behalf. New applicants to either school should submit a letter from a college professor or their current employer. Recommendation letters should address the applicant's academic abilities, interest in pursuing the concurrent degrees and other qualities or experiences that bear upon his or her qualifications for this program.

Q: Why do you require an interview?

A: In order to maximize the likelihood that students accepted into the program will successfully complete both degrees, interviews provide another opportunity to assess an applicant's ability and motivation to pursue this rigorous course of study. Therefore, applicants should schedule an interview with the law school's Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in addition to completing the other application requirements for the concurrent-degree program. Drucker students and alumni should contact the Director of Admissions at The Drucker School.

Q: What are the application deadlines for the concurrent-degree program?

A: Southwestern reviews applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is April 1, but later submissions will still be considered. Drucker has a "priority" due date of February 15, but accepts applications every month after that. Students who submit their applications by February 15 will receive priority consideration for financial aid.

Q: If I am a current Drucker student, do I have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?

A: Yes.

Q: When can I take the LSAT?

A: The LSAT is offered four times a year. The test is administered by the Law School Admission Council and more information can be found at Southwestern is an LSAT test site.

Q: If I am a current Southwestern student or recent graduate, do I have to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?

A: Yes, The Drucker School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GMAT for current Southwestern students applying for the M.B.A. or P.M.B.A. program 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 2013 term or later who score 155 and above on the LSAT. All M.B.A. or P.M.B.A. applicants who do not meet these requirements must take the GMAT. E.M.B.A. students are not required to take the GMAT.

Q: When can I take the GMAT?

A: The GMAT is offered frequently. Visit to register and locate a test site. The Drucker School also hosts a Kaplan GMAT Prep Course in the early summer. For more information about this on-campus course, please contact Southwestern's Associate Dean for Interdiscliplinary Studies.

Q: How much will the concurrent-degree program cost?

A: Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees based on the units they take at each school. These costs are charged by the schools respectively. Click here for more information.

Q: How will financial aid be handled?

A: A student's "home" school will disburse funds to the other institution during terms of concurrent enrollment. Southwestern will be the "home" school for anyone who starts the program there; Drucker will be the "home" school for current business students who are admitted to the concurrent-degree program. Click here for additional information on financial aid.

Q: If I still have questions, who should I contact?

A: At Southwestern, contact Ayumi Nakamoto, Director of Registration and Interdisciplinary Programs, at or (213) 738-6701. At The Drucker School, contact Brandon Tuck at or (909) 607-7811.