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Lawyer profile - please evaluate [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 09:36
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I am an Italian male.
Age: 27
GPA: N/A
BA in Law at the Bocconi University (Milan)
MSC in Law at the Bocconi University (Milan)
GMAT #1: 680 (45Q;38V) (verbal 2-3 lower than my normal result - I am considering retaking). I am still waiting for AWA results but I messed up the "Analysis of an Issue" part and I expect a low score ranging between 3.5 and 4.
TOEFL: 106/120. (it is expiring and I will need to retake. I believe I can get 107-108).

Work Experience

By the time I will be sending my applications (fall 2012), I will have accrued 3 years of full-time working experience in a leading international law firm focusing on M&A deals. Here is a brief list of my tasks:

- Assisting private equity players in relation to acquisitions/disposals of companies and businesses, also drafting a broad range of agreements;
- Analyzing, developing, structuring, negotiating, and implementing international business transactions and multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganizations;
- Advising leading Italian and international companies, many of which feature in the FTSE 100, on structured cross-border mergers and acquisitions (private and public);
- Negotiating joint venture agreements in the real estate segment involving leading Italian and foreign operators.

Extracurricular activities
I am member of a NGO providing free legal assistance to people in financial despair.

Career goals
Having assisted private equity players and I-banks in connection with many M&A deals, I would like to break into finance integrating my legal background with quantitative skills and a business-oriented perspective.

Given the above, I would like to assess my chances of being admitted to top MBA programs in America (let's say from #1 to 10), to second-tier american MBA programs (let's say from #11 to 25) and to the best European MBA programs.

In particular, should I retake the GMAT (considering the overall score of 680 and the expected low AWA score)? Does my legal profile constitutes a strenght (diversity?) or a weakness (quantitative skills?) when it comes to MBA admissions? Would make sense to spend 6-8 months abroad at the London office of our firm to increase my "international exposure"?

Thank you for your time and sorry for the long post,

Nick
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Re: Lawyer profile - please evaluate [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 10:48
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Hi LawNick,

You have a strong candidacy. Your GMAT score will be below the mean for top programs, although they will take into account your country of origin. As an example, a German girl will not be expected to have the same verbal score on the GMAT as someone who was raised in California.

If you do believe you can improve your score by 30-40+ points, you may want to consider taking the test again. Your GMAT score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will only focus on your highest score.

With your legal background, admissions teams will want to know why you are pursuing an additional degree, and your reasoning will need to be very clear. You can turn this into a positive, however it will depend on your personal essays and letters of recommendations.

You should move to the London office if that is an opportunity you are interested in; you should not move solely to appeal to an admissions team.

Hope this was of help.

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