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  Feb 18, 2018
 
 
    
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Partnership Program: Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration


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The Haworth College of Business of Western Michigan University(HCoB) and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (TMCLS) will cooperate in the delivery of a Master of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctor degree. Both schools will offer their existing JD and MBA degrees independently and will cooperate in a manner that will permit eligible students in one institution’s degree program to incorporate course work from the other institution’s program.

General Provisions

All degree requirements of TMCLS and HCoB are unaffected by the degree partnership program. Each institution admits students, conducts graduation audits, and exercises control over its respective academic programs independently. Admission to either the MBA degree or the JD degree does not guarantee admission to the other program.

HCoB students are eligible for course waiver or transfer for courses taken at the partner institution if the students are in good standing at their respective institution. TMCLS may transfer credit and HCoB may waive individual courses (of their respective programs) subject to the approved list of courses below with the written advisor approval for each student. Grades for waived courses are not computed as part of the GPA, but a reduction in total program hours will occur.

Academic Credit

Individuals who plan to participate in the degree partnership program may apply for admission to both programs simultaneously or while an active student member of either College. They are encouraged to do so in a manner, which permits timely completion of both programs and which, meets other requirements. Credit may be transferred or waived between the schools, specifically waived in the case of HCoB only if a student has matriculated in both schools. TMCLS can grant transfer credit from HCoB-WMU for purposes of the degree participation program only if a student begins and completes an eligible HCoB-WMU transfer course after matriculation at TMCLS.

Students who have matriculated in the degree participation program will sign a declaration of intent to participate and submit it to their academic advisors at both schools before registering for the first elective course in either program.

Students who have matriculated in the degree participation program may begin taking courses in the second program according to the following provisions: A TMCLS JD student may begin taking MBA courses at HCoB-WMU after satisfactorily completing 27 credit hours at TMCLS. An HCoB MBA student may begin taking JD courses after satisfactorily completing 9 credit hours in the MBA program at the Haworth College of Business of WMU.

Neither school can confer its degree upon students participating in the degree partnership program until six acceptable credits are transferred or waived by the other institution. In general, completion of the second degree should not extend beyond twelve months of conferral of the first degree, subject to the WMU Graduate College requirement of a six-year maximum time period for master degree completion.

 

TMCLS will accept:


Six semester hours of credit earned by a student in good standing at WMU in any combination of the following HCoB courses:

In addition


 

if LAW 6040 is required in the program of an MBA student, HCoB-WMU will accept three semester hours of credit earned by a student in good standing at TMCLS in any of the following TMCLS courses:

  • Civil Procedure II   Credits: 3 hours
  • Constitutional Law   Credits: 3 hours
  • Contracts   Credits: 3 hours
  • Contracts II   Credits: 3 hours

as a waiver for LAW 6040 at HCoB-WMU.

HCoB will accept:


Six semester hours of credit earned by a student in good standing at TMCLS in any combination of the following TMCLS courses:

  • Secured Transactions   Credits: 3 hours
  • Taxation   Credits: 3 hours
  • Bankruptcy   Credits: 3 hours
  • Business Planning   Credits: 3 hours
  • Federal Administrative Law   Credits: 3 hours
  • Sales   Credits: 3 hours
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution   Credits: 3 hours
  • Collective Bargaining   Credits: 3 hours
  • Comparative Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • Computer Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • Consumer Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • Deferred Compensation and Pension Planning   Credits: 2 hours
  • International Business Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • International Financial Regulation   Credits: 2 hours
  • International Human Rights Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • International Trade Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • Labor Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • NAFTA   Credits: 2 hours
  • Patent Law   Credits: 2 hours
  • Products Liability   Credits: 2 hours
  • Securities Regulation   Credits: 2 hours

Specifically, as part of the six credit hours of elective courses waived, HCoB will accept the successful completion, jointly, of (1) Business Organizations and (2) Professional Responsibility at TMCLS as equivalent to BUS 6160 at WMU.

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