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JD/MBA Careers [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2010, 13:55
Does anyone have some insight on what careers a JD/MBA would be helpful for?
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Re: JD/MBA Careers [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 15:37
Fund compliance is the only one that comes to mind. Or perhaps an entrepreneurial pursuit where you need to understand the business side of things and be able to handle contracts, etc.

Beyond that, I have always seen this degree plan as redundant. Rather, if you want to be a lawyer, you don't need an MBA, large firms won't care about that part of your education. If you just want to have the knowledge that's one thing but an MBA brings nothing to the table from a biglaw perspective. Could the knowledge be helpful in corp litigation or something of that nature? Sure, but that's not justification for a large firm to hire you as an associate.

On the other hand, jobs that seek MBA's (IB, consulting, senior corporate positions etc) don't care about your law degree. Unless of course it's a startup or something that needs a jack of all trades but that goes back to the entrepreneur angle.

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Re: JD/MBA Careers [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 15:49
merkin,

Thanks for your input. Your response is interesting to me as I am currently an entrepreneur and have often thought it would be nice to be able to handle and interpret contracts, confidentiality agreements, employee agreements, etc. It seems like a lot of money and stress can be spent on the legal side of stuff. I am contemplating weather a 3-year JD/MBA is a possible solution.
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Re: JD/MBA Careers [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 15:58
apbaxter wrote:
merkin,

Thanks for your input. Your response is interesting to me as I am currently an entrepreneur and have often thought it would be nice to be able to handle and interpret contracts, confidentiality agreements, employee agreements, etc. It seems like a lot of money and stress can be spent on the legal side of stuff. I am contemplating weather a 3-year JD/MBA is a possible solution.


In that case it could certainly be useful. On the other hand, depending on where your strength lies, you might want to just do a JD and add business knowledge as you need it. 99% of the knowledge from an MBA program can be learned over the course of several afternoons at Barnes and Noble. It is the networking aspect on top of the education that gives an MBA its true value, IMO.
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Re: JD/MBA Careers [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 08:57
merkin wrote:
apbaxter wrote:
merkin,


In that case it could certainly be useful. On the other hand, depending on where your strength lies, you might want to just do a JD and add business knowledge as you need it. 99% of the knowledge from an MBA program can be learned over the course of several afternoons at Barnes and Noble. It is the networking aspect on top of the education that gives an MBA its true value, IMO.


Merkin,

I have considered that a JD is a little better "educational opportunity". However, I don't know if I could put myself through three uninterrupted years of classes with names like property law, contract law, etc. I fall asleep after two pages of pretty much any legal document. My dilemma is that I suspect the JD would be a better education, but the MBA sounds much more interesting to me.

thanks again for your input.
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