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Student Life

Outside the classroom, Penn Law and Wharton each have numerous opportunities for students to engage in formal and informal activities:

  • JD/MBA students can actively participate in over 200 activities and clubs at Penn Law and Wharton, covering the gamut from social and sports clubs to more academic and scholarly activities.  Examples of the latter at the Law School include the Journal of Business Law, and the Penn Program on Regulation.   At Wharton, such activities include clubs such as the Penn JD/MBA Student Association, the Restructuring Club, and the Consulting Club, just to name a few.
  • Cohorts are an essential element to both programs. Joint degree students are placed in small cohorts and learning teams alongside their Penn Law and Wharton classmates, as well as in a JD/MBA cohort, where they can share experiences and ideas with their fellow JD/MBA classmates. 
  • Monthly lunches with JD/MBA alumni are held throughout the academic year make connecting with alumni easy.

Both Wharton and Penn Law encourage JD/MBA students to actively participate in events hosted by the Institute of Law and Economics, a Joint Research Center of the Law School,Wharton, and the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.


Kendra Sandidge Kendra Sandidge
JD/MBA ’16
Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2015–2016)

Thoughts on the JD/MBA program

“Penn Law is a place of tremendous opportunities. The 3 year JD/MBA program offers one-of-a-kind integration, providing you with the analytical toolkit to understand legal issues within the framework of the business world. I feel especially prepared to start my career as a corporate lawyer, having a deep understanding of my clients and their goals. The structure of the program - studying exclusively at Penn Law for year 1 and beginning Wharton coursework in year 2 - ensures that you develop a strong connection with your classmates in both schools. What more could you want?”