JD/MBA Student Association


Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University created Canada’s first JD(LLB)/MBA in 1972. Graduates from this challenging program follow career paths where business and law overlap. Students typically specialize in a business/law combination such as:

  • corporate/commercial law or administration;
  • business management;
  • corporate tax;
  • economic regulation;
  • finance;
  • international business;
  • labour law/labour relations;
  • public administration;
  • environmental law; and
  • real property development.

The JD/MBA Students’ Association works with the Osgoode and Schulich administrations to facilitate access to resources for joint program students. At both schools, these include financial aid, career services, and a wide array of student organizations. The Association also works with the Hennik Centre to facilitate even more career-oriented experiences, Alumni mentorship, and special events.

In all of its endeavours, the Association aims to represent and advance JD/MBA students’ interests as they relate to education, career development, and networking. In addition, the JD/MBA Students’ Association plans several activities each year for its members, including:

  • law firm and corporate tours;
  • an annual business & law conference with industry and legal practitioners;
  • lunch and learn sessions;
  • a business career panel; and
  • social events.

You can visit the Association’s website at theJDMBA.ca.


Every JD/MBA student is automatically enrolled in the Association. Membership is exclusive to current students and Alumni. As a member, you will automatically learn about current JD/MBA and partnership events.

You will also have access to a valuable network of current students and Alumni. This network will help you succeed and grow professionally and throughout your studies.

For questions, and to confirm enrollment, email the VP Communications at info@thejdmba.ca.

Annual Business & Law Conference

The Conference is the Association’s capstone event, exploring emerging issues at the intersection of business and law.  The Conference changes focus year to year, touching on current events and future impacts.

Open to professionals, as well as students from both Osgoode, Schulich, and other universities, this full-day Conference features an array or exciting activities.

From industry leading keynote speakers to every day experiences of legal and other professionals, the Conference provides opportunities to learn and build networks between students and their peers.

Past Conferences

In 2017, 20th Annual Conference entitled “Starting & Scaling Up: Driving Growth Through Entrepreneurship & Innovation” held at Thomson Reuters – explored the unique ways that professionals working in and between business and law can rally innovation and growth in Canada. Exciting panel discussions ensued by Venture Capitalists, Senior Government Officials, Legal Experts, and Successful Entrepreneurs.

In 2016, the 19th Annual Conference entitled I Spy” explored Opportunities and Challenges Surrounding Privacy and Big Data in Law, Business and Government. 

In 2015, the 18th Annual Conference entitled “Higher Ground: How Technology and Innovation are Driving Change in Business, Law, and Media” brought together prominent industry leaders, legal practitioners, entrepreneurs, and academics, to look at disruptive influences shaping business, law, media, and high-tech landscapes.


Stay updated at Conference.TheJDMBA.ca

*Note: CPD accreditation by LSUC is available for legal professionals.

Lunch with Series

Twice per year, the Association arranges a “Lunch With” series. This is as an informal luncheon facilitating an intimate discussion among JD/MBA students and a leading professional about his/her career and experiences.

These events typically have limited seats, generally 15-25. They are meant to provide a more intimate roundtable discussion where speakers  feel comfortable reflecting on past and future experiences. Likewise, we give students the opportunity to ask difficult but fair questions, especially about the “soft” elements of their future careers.

From bestselling authors and entrepreneurs, to investment bankers and managing partners, you can expect an action-packed lunch. Our “Lunch With” series invitations are sent to the JD/MBA student body first. If additional seats are available, the Association extends invitations to all JD and MBA students.