South Texas College of Law, UST Announce Joint JD/MBA

University of St. Thomas President Robert Ivany and South Texas College of Law/Houston President and Dean Donald J. Guter sign agreement for a joint JD/MBA degree.The leadership of South Texas College of Law/Houston and the University of St. Thomas signed an agreement on Thursday in UST’s Link-Lee Mansion establishing a joint academic program that will allow qualified students to earn both law and advanced business degrees on an accelerated schedule.

Designed for students interested in both business and the law, the joint program will allow students to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in as few as four years, rather than the typical five years.

Under the plan, a student would attend South Texas for the first two years, UST’s Cameron School of Business for the third year and South Texas for the fourth year. The MBA course requirements will be slightly reduced because some of the law school courses will apply toward the MBA.

“The worlds of law and business are interconnected,” said South Texas President and Dean Donald J. Guter. “This JD/MBA program will play an important role in preparing our students to better meet the needs of both disciplines. We are extremely pleased to embark on this important new venture with a great partner, the University of St. Thomas.”

Students must be admitted to both schools to participate in the program, which begins in the fall 2015 semester.

Dr. Robert Ivany, UST president, said the University of St. Thomas is proud to partner with South Texas College of Law.

“Together, we will offer a valuable academic program that future leaders in our community will find of immense benefit for themselves and for their organizations,” Ivany said. “I am confident that our students will be challenged and richly rewarded by this innovative degree program.”

The joint program is designed to train students to think more strategically and allow them to leverage the strengths of both fields. It will benefit a variety of students, including those seeking to establish more sophisticated business/law practices and individuals more interested in business careers. On a practical level, the program also provides students with the opportunity to stay in the same location to pursue both these degrees. 

Dr. Beena George, dean of the UST Cameron School of Business said globalization, innovations in technology and other environmental trends create new complex challenges for business that make an MBA valuable to attorneys.

“The JD/MBA program will help lawyers working in the business arena to be more effective in addressing such challenges,” George said. “The combination of legal and business expertise gained through the program will uniquely position them to meet the needs of businesses.”

South Texas College of Law/Houston, the city’s oldest law school established in 1923, is dedicated to educating and training practice-ready graduates. Located in downtown Houston, the College boasts a diverse student body and our alumni include top litigators, researchers and writers and others who hold leadership positions in business and industry in Houston and beyond. 

The University of St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houston’s only Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers. 

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