I'm 27 and a current corporate paralegal at a small law firm. 3.4 GPA from Ivy (starts with a B), haven't taken the GMAT yet. Have 3.5 years of work experience and could get good recommendations highlighting my project and office management experience (albeit as a paralegal). I had been planning on attending law school since graduating college, but after working in a law firm I'm realizing that I need something more, with both income and responsibility growth potential, and the paralegal track doesn't really provide this. Secondly, being an attorney doesn't appeal to me as much as being a consultant or manager (operations or HR are my interests); perhaps for a law firm, given my experience, but also perhaps for a smaller "green" business. Thirdly, recent data have shown that being an attorney simply doesn't provide satisfactory ROI unless you go to a top-14 law school, and even then, most hate the profession and burn out after 5-10 years. My GPA simply isn't good enough to let me get into a top-14.
So, all that in mind, my two questions are as follows:
(a) would getting an MBA (it would have to be through a part-time program as I don't want to accrue any more debt; I already have enough from undergrad) would prove beneficial to me as a current paralegal looking to change careers? I'm admittedly a non-traditional applicant; I don't work as a manager for a successful local company, like many getting MBA. I'm wondering if an MBA would in any way open doors for me.
(b) would I be competitive for a local part-time MBA program (University of WA or Seattle U)?
The bigger question is (a), but if the responses to (a) are favorable (i.e., yes, it would open doors), then I'd obviously be interested in answers to (b), particularly what I could do to enhance my candidature.
If the answer to (a) is that an MBA wouldn't prove worthwhile, then I'd be interested in what alternatives I might pursue at this point.