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Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009

IU Maurer School of Law, Sungkyunkwan University launch J.D./M.B.A. program

June 5, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea -- Leaders from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Sungkyunkwan University's Graduate School of Business announced today (June 5) the creation of a joint J.D./M.B.A. program believed to be the first of its kind between an American law school and an international M.B.A. program.

The joint degree program will link two world-class graduate programs and provide students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies with an international component.

"The IU Maurer School of Law has long recognized the benefits of the various joint degrees we offer, including our current J.D./M.B.A.," said Dean Lauren Robel. "By expanding our joint degree opportunities through our alliance with SKKU's Graduate School of Business, we are preparing our students for careers in business and law in a variety of settings around the world."

Candidates in the program earn both degrees in four years and can pursue opportunities in business and law while studying in both the United States and Asia. Students will be awarded separate degrees from each institution and will be qualified to sit for the bar exam in all 50 states.

The SKKU Graduate School of Business was founded and is led by Dean Robert C. Klemkosky, the Fred T. Greene Professor Emeritus of Finance at the IU Kelley School of Business. Klemkosky said the partnership between SKKU and the IU Maurer School of Law will enable students to pursue a unique multidisciplinary international education.

"I am very familiar with the quality of the Indiana Law faculty and the programs offered to its students," Klemkosky said. "I look forward to our unique relationship with Indiana Law and the rich opportunities it will afford our joint degree students, both inside and outside of the classroom."

Robert Klemkosky

Robert Klemkosky

A typical student in the program would spend the first, third, and fourth years at the IU Maurer School of Law, with the second academic year spent at SKKU and at a Korean-based internship during the summer.

Mark Need, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at the Maurer School, spoke to the value of having complementary degrees from two highly regarded institutions.

"As a J.D./M.B.A. and former practicing attorney, I know the benefits recognized by our J.D./M.B.A. students," Need said. "As a member of the Indiana Law faculty, it has been my pleasure to spend time with the diverse and distinguished faculty at SKKU's Graduate School of Business, and I am very excited about this unique opportunity for our students."

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law ranks seventh among public law schools and 23rd among all law schools nationwide. With recent investments by alumni and private foundations, the school has attracted some of the top legal minds in the country, ensuring its place as a leader in legal education and the study of the global legal profession.