Sunday, August 05, 2007

TPLMY - MBA/LLB Joint Degree at University of Alberta

Strengthen your position in the field of law with a solid foundation in management and an understanding of the world of business. The MBA/LLB joint program was developed by two of the University of Alberta’s most prestigious faculties, the Alberta School of Business and the Faculty of Law, for individuals seeking a career defined by the tradition of law and the application of management practices.
Historically, the disciplines of business and law have been closely associated in both the public and private sector. In our global economy, businesses now deal with more complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. With the growth in the size of law firms, lawyers are faced with new administrative challenges of managing a professional service firm. Our MBA/LLB joint program delivers the skills to improve the effectiveness of managers, policy makers, and legal advisors by providing students with strong management skills and an in-depth specialization in law.

The Alberta School of Business in partnership with the Faculty of Law offers the joint MBA/LLB that can be completed full-time in four years, one year less than taking each degree separately. This unique program allows individuals with an undergraduate degree in any area, the opportunity to combine management courses with studies in law.

Partner – Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law is renowned across Canada for its continued commitment to high academic achievement and assisting individuals with building rewarding careers. Created in 1912, the Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada. The Faculty has grown into a dynamic and innovative institution.

For over eight decades, the Faculty of Law has helped launch the careers of many who have had a profound influence on their fellow citizens, our society and our country. Three graduates have gone on to the Supreme Court of Canada, one has been Premier and many others have been appointed to the judiciary and to Cabinet, and some have been named to the Order of Canada. Their outstanding careers and accomplishments in public and private life speak eloquently for the worth of the Faculty’s legal education and the value of the degrees.

Summer Internships
Students in the MBA/LLB program have the option to complete a four-month summer work internship as part of their MBA course requirements. Among the companies and government departments that students have worked for over the past years are Alberta Innovation and Science, Research Services Office, Alberta Energy Utility Board and Bennett Jones.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this intensive program are well prepared for demanding and worthwhile careers in both the legal and business professions particularly in areas where the two disciplines coincide. In the past, graduates have accepted positions in government service and politics, taxation, finance and accounting, labour-management relations, environmental control, urban development, general management, and corporate general counsel.

The Program
The program structure and the focus of studies during the four years vary depending on when a student is admitted into the joint program. Typically two years are spent in law, one year in the MBA program and a joint year combining courses from both areas. Students currently enrolled in the law program may apply to the MBA and joint program after completing their first or second year of studies. MBA students completing their first year may also apply for admission.

Courses in the MBA will cover the fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy and organizational behaviour. Students can select MBA electives to complement their studies in law.