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JD/MBA in Business Administration - Cooley Law School Agreement

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Many attorneys want to supplement their legal skills with knowledge gained through graduate study. Cooley’s partnership programs with EMU provide the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in the disciplines of Business Administration, Educational Leadership , Health Administration  and Human Resources and Organizational Development .

Cooley JD Degree Requirements:

Cooley Students must complete a total of 90 credit hours and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Of the 90 hours, 63 are required courses and a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained. The required courses are designed to prepare students to successfully  pass the bar and enter practice in any jurisdiction in the United States. The remaining class work consists of 27 hours of electives, allowing students to focus their electives in their chosen area of practice. For more information visit cooley.edu.

Note: Courses taken at Eastern Michigan University must be taken in person (not online) in order to be eligible for transfer to Cooley Law School.

Contact Information:

Office of Graduate & Extended Programs

Lansing - PO Box 13038 (517) 371-5140

Auburn Hills - 2630 Featherstone Road (248) 751-7800

Courses Approved for Transfer from Cooley to Eastern:

Must earn a grade of 3.0 or better

Eastern MBA Degree Requirements:

The MBA program is innovative, applied, and global with an emphasis on corporate ethics. The program requires 54 credit hours: 18 hours of foundations courses: 18 hours of Core/Cross Functional courses; and 18 hours of electives (6 hours restricted electives and 12 hours of general electives). Students can take courses online, and at the Ypsilanti and Livonia campuses.

*Students with an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB accredited institution may waive the foundation courses (non-AACSB courses require waiver request and faculty evaluation).

For additional information, click on this link: Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

Contact Information:

Graduate Programs Office

306 Owen
(734) 487-4444

Courses Approved for Transfer from Eastern to Cooley:

Must earn a grade of 3.0 or better


  • All J.D. requirements should be fulfilled within six years of completing the first law course.  Similarly, Eastern policies require that all master’s-level requirement must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first Eastern graduate course. Exceptions to these six-year limits may sometimes be granted by both institutions for extenuating, documented reasons.
  • Students whose first course work as a degree partnership student is at Cooley Law School will follow a regimented course of study at Cooley for the first 27 credits. After 27 credits, Cooley students may begin taking electives courses, including MBA classes at Eastern. Students whose first course work is at Eastern may begin taking Cooley Law School courses after completing at least 18 MBA credits.
  • Students pay tuition and fees for Cooley Law School courses at the established Cooley Rates and pay tuition and fees for Eastern Michigan University courses at the school’s rates. In general, students may receive financial aid at one or the other institution in a given semester. Financial aid will be coordinated by Cooley Law School and Eastern to determine the maximum award that most benefits each partnership student within Federal regulations.
  • Students are always advised to avoid combined course loads at both institutions that might jeopardize their good academic standing. At Cooley Law School, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing. At Eastern Michigan University, a student must maintain a 3.0 or higher.
  • According to American Bar Association regulations, no JD credit may be granted for those classes taken at Eastern Michigan University before the student enrolls and attends Cooley Law School.
  • No transfer of credit may take place without fully completed declaration of intent to participate in the student’s official files at Cooley and Eastern Michigan University.

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