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Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 21:43
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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 04:53
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Being an attorney (especially in corporate) can be a GREAT basis for business school...But you should go for goals that don;t abandon those law skills entirely, because it is one your strongest selling points! In my experience people with good law experience do very well.

As for your years of experience, this would put you at about 24/26 months when you enter?? Which is often a good year below the average. It might be a slight disadvantage, but if it's better for you to apply now, you could reasonably do so.

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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 07:20
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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 08:22
^You're definitely going to have trouble getting into a top 20 BSchool with only 14months of experience. Some of the top schools (i.e. Kellogg) go as far as nearly requiring at least 24 months of work experience. Even the schools you mentioned (Fuqua/Darden/Ross) are going to admit very few students with less than 2 years of WE.

Can you wait and apply next year, or maybe the year after that? Your law degree isn't going to be what holds you back, instead it's going to be your lack of WE.
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Your skills will be valuable in b-school. M&A is useful for business development, and bankruptcy is useful for managing distressed companies. The less than 2 year work experience can be an issue; however, it's not a deal breaker. There's a FY student here at Fuqua from HLS who has less than average work experience. I think it all depends on the quality of your experience.

If you just want to brush up on business skills, you can check out some of the non-MBA masters program. Fuqua offers a MMS program (1 year). There's a UCLA law grad doing that this year. You will stand out in these pre-MBA programs that will allow you to land a promising offer. After you get some solid experience, you can also go back for an MBA.
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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 20:10
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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2011, 07:25
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Your skills will be valuable in b-school. M&A is useful for business development, and bankruptcy is useful for managing distressed companies.


I was thinking the same thing as asimov. If I'm not mistaken, I think nink's profile shows he's in restructuring and distressed M&A out of Yale. Seems like a perfect career goal for your MBA applications.
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Re: Corporate Lawyer - MBA Employment Prospects [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2011, 18:18
If I were you, I would work for another year or two.
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