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May 18, 2011
NC State University and Campbell Law School Partner on Law and Master of Business Administration Dual Degree Program

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, May 18, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and the Jenkins MBA program in the NC State Poole College of Management announced a partnership to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a dual Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, the JD/MBA degree will enable students to earn both degrees in four years of full-time study, with the option to take electives and specialization courses in both business and law. 


Dr. Dwaine Greene, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Campbell University - Melissa Essary, Dean, Campbell Law School, - Dr. Ira R. Weiss, Dean, NC State University Poole College of Management

“Businesses need to have lawyers on staff in order to accomplish their goals, so by having a dual JD/MBA degree, graduates will become even more marketable,” said Melissa A. Essary, dean and professor of law at Campbell Law. “Law is a gateway degree, opening up many doors and careers. If coupled with a great MBA degree, this gateway is widened considerably.”
“JD/MBA degree students will benefit from a cross section of disciplines, including the analytical culture of law and the problem solving culture of business graduates,” said Steve Allen, associate dean for graduate programs and research in the NC State Poole College of Management. “Students in the dual program will be well prepared for careers in business, finance, law, government, nonprofit organizations, teaching and research. Some students may even go on to governmental roles in North Carolina, helping identify and solve problems facing the state.”
For more information about the JD/MBA program, review the fact sheet.
About Campbell Law School: Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The School has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 23 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit 
About Jenkins Graduate School of Management: The Jenkins Graduate School of Management is part of the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to the Jenkins MBA program, the NC State Jenkins Graduate School offers graduate programs in accounting and economics. The Jenkins MBA program was established in 2002 to provide graduate management education with an emphasis on technology and innovation. Its real world approach to learning brings students, top educators and professionals together in a research and technology focused environment that supports the knowledge, skills and leadership development needed for today’s global marketplace. The Jenkins MBA program offers concentrations in biosciences management, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, financial management, innovation management, marketing management, services management and consulting, and supply chain management for both full- and part-time students. The program also offers several joint degree programs, which are: Master of Biomanufacturing, Master of Microbial Biotechnology, Master of Industrial Engineering, Master of Accounting, Master of Global Innovation Management, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Consistently rated among the top 75 MBA programs, the Jenkins MBA continues to receive national and international attention for its commitment to quality education and research. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Julie Lechner, 919.865.5978,

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