The John Marshall Law School, Saint Xavier University Pair to Offer Joint Law Degree, MBA

CHICAGO, Jan. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The John Marshall Law School and Saint Xavier University (SXU) have established a joint academic program in law and business that will enable students to earn advanced degrees in a shorter period of time, in fields that will give graduates the advantages of versatility and in-depth knowledge in a continually evolving job market.

The collaboration between Saint Xavier's Graham School of Management and The John Marshall Law School creates a JD/MBA dual-degree program in which students enrolled at these institutions may simultaneously pursue a Juris Doctor degree at John Marshall and a Master of Business Administration at Saint Xavier University.

"Our new dual-degree program with SXU gives law students the opportunity to acquire business skills that will help advance their careers and give them an even greater edge in the job market," John Marshall Dean John E. Corkery said.

"We are very excited that our students will have the opportunity to apply to this new dual-degree program," said SXU Dean Asghar Sabbaghi at the Graham School of Management. "We do whatever we can to prepare our students to meet the demands of 21st Century jobs, and the development of this new dual-degree program is a prime example."

Under the JD/MBA dual-degree program, accepted students may apply up to 12 John Marshall credits to the MBA program, and up to nine credits of Graham coursework to their law degree, allowing them to earn two degrees in substantially less time than it normally would take. To apply for the dual-degree program, students must apply and be accepted to both John Marshall and SXU. Students who are new to both John Marshall and SXU may begin the JD degree on a full-time or part-time basis at John Marshall. Students currently enrolled in the MBA program at Saint Xavier can apply to John Marshall as a part-time JD student. All classes for this dual-degree program will be held at John Marshall Law School.

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About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program fifth, its Trial Advocacy Program 16th and its Intellectual Property Law Program 17th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

About Saint Xavier University

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy College in the United States and is Chicago's oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 4,300 students at its campuses in Gilbert, Ariz., Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers: 43 undergraduate programs; 25 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier's excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

About Graham School of Management

Graham School of Management (GSM) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. This designation places the School among the top 5 percent of business programs in the world. The School has been named as one of the (top 15) most innovative small college business departments in the U.S. in recent ranking by Business Research Guide. GSM is one of the signatories of the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME is supported by the United Nations, AACSB International (the business school accrediting association), and many other groups.

CONTACT: Christine Kraly 312-427-2737 x 171Source: The John Marshall Law School-Chicago