UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte School of Law will soon offer a joint law-business degree. The new program will allow students to earn both a JD and a Master of Business Administration in eight semesters. Pursued separately, those degrees would take an extra two semesters beyond that. Denise Spriggs is the Charlotte School of Law's interim dean. She says many law students have requested the program because it gives them more flexibility in their careers. "People in business recognize the value of having someone with legal expertise on their staff," says Spriggs. "It's kind of getting a two-for-one. I'm getting a lawyer, someone who has that background, but who also has the business skills that I need." Students will have to apply separately to each school. The joint-degree program will launch in the fall of next year.