Combined Degree Programs
Western Law has two joint programs with the Ivey Business School at Western, one of the top-ranked business schools in the world. These programs are limited-enrolment programs designed for students who envision a career in areas in which business and law intersect.
The JD/MBA program allows students to complete both degrees in three academic years instead of the four years that would be required if the degrees were completed separately.
Applications to the JD/MBA should be submitted to both programs separately. The application to the JD is available at the Ontario Law School Application Service website. The application to the MBA is available on the Ivey Business School website.
The HBA/JD combined program allows students to complete both degrees in six academic years instead of the seven years that would be required if the degrees were completed separately, as follows.
|Years 1-2||First two years of undergraduate program|
|Year 3||HBA 1|
|Year 4||Law 1|
|Years 5-6||Law 2 & 3 and HBA 2|
For detailed information on applying to the joint HBA/JD program, please visit Applications – Combined Undergraduate Programs.
In addition to the HBA(Business)/JD, Western offers the following combined programs for Western undergraduate students.
- BESc (Engineering)/JD
- BSc (Computer Science)/JD
- BA (Kinesiology)/JD
- Honors BA MIT (Media, Information and Technoculture)/JD
- Honors Specialization BA (Political Science)/JD
**Please note that the Faculty of Law expects the 2018/19 academic year to be the final intake for our combined programs with Computer Science, Information and Media Studies, Kinesiology, and Political Science, such that only students beginning at Western University in the Fall of 2015 (or earlier) will be eligible to apply for those four combined programs.
Like the HBA/JD, students in these programs complete both degrees in six academic years instead of the seven years that would be required if the degrees were completed separately, as follows:
|Years 1-3||First three years of undergraduate program|
|Year 4||Law 1|
|Years 5-6||Law 2 & 3 and Year 4 of undergraduate degree|
Students apply to these programs directly to the Faculty of Law (in lieu of using the Ontario Law School Application Service) by May 1 after their third year of undergraduate study
For more details on the application process for these programs please visit Applications – Combined Undergraduate Programs.
In addition to the JD/MBA above, Western offers combined degrees in the following graduate programs. Program requirements may be found at the links below. For details on the application process for these programs visit Applications – Combined Graduate Programs.
Western Law offers two programs in conjunction with exchange partner institutions. The structure of each program may be found at the links below.
- Western/Université Laval Joint Degree
- JD/LLM (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) Combined Degree
Students who participate in the Western/Université Laval combined degree program are eligible to apply for the prestigious Richard J. Schmeelk Fellowship. The Fellowship provides $10,000 per term to students, with the aim of promoting intercultural awareness and interprovincial studies.
Western and l’Université Laval offer students the opportunity to obtain both the common law degree and civil law degree in four years of study at both institutions. Not only do students have the opportunity to develop their skills in the other official language and increase their knowledge of the other legal system, they also have access to membership in both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec.
Western’s international combined-degree program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen is available for students who participate in an exchange program to the University of Groningen during their third year of Law School. After graduating with a JD, Western students return to the University of Groningen for an additional term to take the remainder of their LLM courses, such that both degrees may be completed in 3 ½ years of studies. The courses in the LLM program are offered in English and students may choose from several LLM programs.
For information on the application process for these programs, please visit Applications – Programs with Exchange Partners.