The Francis J. & William Polk Carey JD/MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School had its formal launch this past Monday at The Penn Club in New York City. The event celebrated the program’s official new name, The Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program and welcomed current students, alumni, faculty, the deans from Penn Law & Wharton, and Carey Foundation members.
It was an evening of celebration and commemoration of the Program’s namesakes and featured a video honoring the W.P. Carey Foundation and its generous and transformative gift to Penn’s JD/MBA Program.
Kicking off the evening’s remarks was Penn Law Dean and Bernard Segal Professor of Law, Dean Ted Ruger. He highlighted the uniqueness of the Carey JD/MBA Program with these remarks: “I want to emphasize that we are doing something here that no one else is doing. We are the only university where students can take classes at the Law School and the Business School in every semester after the first year. We have the only JD/MBA Program with a designated director who splits time between the schools. And it’s worth reiterating that our JD/MBAs will start and finish the program with their law school classmates, their business school classmates, and their four-year counterparts — giving them three powerful networks at their disposal after graduation. We look forward to unleashing on the world the next generation of entrepreneurs and CEOs and public policy experts.”
At the conclusion of the film, which was the first time it was shown in public, were remarks by Colleen France. “After seeing the film and hearing from our speakers, it is clear that there is something incredibly special about the Carey JD/MBA Program at Penn,” she said. “The Carey Foundation recognized an already top-flight JD/MBA Program and with their generous and transformative gift have enabled us as an institution to take our success even further. We cannot be more grateful.”
Penn’s Carey JD/MBA Program immerses students in an accelerated course of study, preparing them for careers in law, public governance, investment banking, private equity, entrepreneurship, hedge funds, and much more.
Students earn JD & MBA degrees in three years rather than the five years it would typically take to earn each degree separately — or the four years in the more traditional JD/MBA program that both Wharton and Penn Law continue to offer.
The Carey JD/MBA is completely integrated. Our students are not left to navigate five years’ worth of degrees in three. Rather, by the unique structure of the program and the unwavering support and resources by both Penn Law & Wharton, our students receive an integrated course of study intersecting law and business during the duration of their tenure as joint-degree students at Penn.
Penn is the place to study the intersection of law and business. The physical proximity of the two schools and the integrated JD/MBA curriculum, including its unique summer program and JD/MBA Capstone experience highlight this. Further, approximately 70 percent of faculty members at Penn Law hold degrees beyond the JD, and nearly half hold secondary appointments or affiliations with other Penn professional schools, departments, or centers. Wharton is the largest business school in the world, with more than 200 standing faculty in 11 departments, including finance, accounting, real estate, health care and more. Our JD/MBA retains all critical components of both the law and business programs and offers additional coursework taught specifically to the JD/MBA students.