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Participants must apply separately to CWSL and SDSU. Students are to first apply to CWSL and begin the J.D. program before applying to SDSU College of Business. Application to SDSU is to be made before the end of the first year at CWSL, to begin coursework at SDSU after either two or three trimesters at CWSL. The two schools may share transcripts and other information to facilitate admissions.


Applicants must take the LSAT or GRE, register for the LSDAS, complete an application (including a personal statement and letters of recommendation), and pay a fee. For the Fall entering class, the priority application deadline is April 1. For more information, see the CWSL website:


Applicants must complete an online application through CSU Apply and Interfolio and pay a fee. For more information, see the SDSU website: SDSU application deadline on CalApply is March 1 and on Interfolio is April 1.  Although GMAT or GRE is not required for admission, we recommend that students with a GPA of below 3.2 submit a GMAT or GRE score.


California Western will accept 12 units from San Diego State University and in turn, San Diego State University will accept 9 units of law courses from California Western. For instance, if you earn 78 units at California Western and 27 credits at San Diego State, you will have earned enough credits to graduate from both programs.

  • You must complete the requirements for admission and graduation at both institutions in order to earn a JD and MBA.
  • Degrees are awarded concurrently
  • Separate applications and fees must be submitted to California Western and San Diego State University

Detailed information on the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program