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Argument: Some JD/MBAs are three years, instead of four or five

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Diana Middleton. "Creating a Shorter Path to a J.D./M.B.A." Wall Street Journal. May 20th, 2009: "a handful of schools are offering fast-tracked, condensed programs. At a time when students are wary of spending four years ensconced in books when they could be earning a living, some programs are slicing as much as a year off their requirements for the degree, including Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Starting this fall, the University of Pennsylvania will offer a J.D./M.B.A. in seven semesters squeezed into three years (as opposed to the usual eight semesters over four years), including one summer semester between the first two years. Wharton Graduate Division Vice Dean Anjani Jain expects the new curriculum to more than double the number of J.D./M.B.A. students to 25. 'A three-year hiatus from professional pursuits [is] more attractive to students than four,' Mr. Jain says."

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