Indiana University's Maurer/SKK GSB Fellows
(Picture left to right) Michael Osborn, Samuel Russell, Whitley Pannell, Michelle Johnston
Sungkyunkwan University Graduate School of Business has established a strategic partnership with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Maurer School of Law. This innovative partnership is basically an exchange program that allows students from both universities to study abroad to receive global experiences and dual degrees. The partnership also involves exchanging professors to both schools to teach business courses throughout the academic year.
This year, Indiana University Maurer School of law sent four students to Seoul to study at SKK GSB. These four students include Michelle Johnston, Whitley Pannell, Michael Osborn, and Samuel Russell. So far, they have completed their first year of law school and will now study at SKK GSB for a year to earn their MBAs. Upon completion of the program, these students will return to Indiana University to complete their last two years of law school. They will graduate with two degrees, a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration, in just four years.
This dual degree can be very valuable to the law students because they will gain knowledge in both business and law, which are two sectors that tend to cross paths often in practice. Also, having a second degree and a global experience will give these students an extra edge to help them stand out to employers in such a competitive legal market. Osborne shared, "I think no matter where I end up in the legal market, being business literate and understanding the decision-making process of business leaders will be invaluable in helping me better serve my clients. Getting an MBA in such a globally diverse setting just adds another layer to that."
Johnston also found that obtaining her MBA from SKK GSB will benefit her in her future career as a lawyer. She explained, “One of the reasons I chose this program was because there's so many uses for global business and leadership skills. I want to use what I learn at SKK to make me a better lawyer, and currently, I'm hoping that will manifest in a career that combines business and law, such as prosecuting white collar crime or designing business regulatory policy.”
SKK GSB is truly preparing Maurer’s students for success in today’s ever-evolving business world. Their experience in law school coupled with the global business experience they’re receiving here will help them become strong candidates for the workforce.
Whitley Pannell, PR Committee, Full-Time MBA Class of 2021