The Joint Degree Program requires 126 semester hours of coursework, of which at least 72 semester hours must be completed at the College of Law. During the first two years of the program, students complete one academic year in each school. During the third and fourth years, two-thirds of a student's courses are taken at the College of Law.
Students may begin the program at either school. Candidates for the J.D./M.B.A. are required to apply and be admitted to both Willamette University's College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Admission criteria and scholarship eligibility differ between the two schools. Admission to one degree program does not guarantee admission to the other.