More education is never wasted....but sometimes the cost can be too high. I'm an attorney also, but have always wanted to go into business, so for me it's not a matter of changing what I want to do. I went to law school first because I knew I would need work experience to get into an MBA program and I could work while going to law school part-time, rather than work, then MBA+JD at the same time which would have added a few years onto the process. Plus, I was able to work in politics while going to school. Degrees from different schools appealed to me to get a broad perspective.
As for your situation, I would not give up that $180k a year job. It will not be easy with your work load + part-time school, but when you're done at Stern, you'll have your big firm experience + top MAB. If you went to one of the clients at that point, I don't see how anyone could look down on you as "he's a law guy that is trying to be one of us." You'd be poised to run the company someday.
Just my 2 cents.
J Allen Morris
**I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.
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