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MBA/JD [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2004, 11:58
Hi,
my question is related to an MBA/JD. Rather then do both degrees under the "joint degree" umbrella, I will be doing them individually but concurrently.
My question is, what is your impression of a graduate that holds both degrees? Job prospects? Is there a sufficient demand?

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Re: MBA/JD [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2004, 06:53
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My question is, what is your impression of a graduate that holds both degrees? Job prospects? Is there a sufficient demand?


I think that the job prospects for someone with both degrees are excellent. Some of the JD/MBAs I know at Kellogg have gone into "traditional" law firm-type jobs, and others have gone on to become corprate lawyers. Others still have gone into corporations but are doing more MBA-type jobs, like business development. Biz dev is something that MBAs always want to get into, and JD/MBAs are the best trained people for these jobs, since they understand business as well as contract details that come up in negotiations. Companies that are hiring for biz dev tend to *love* JD/MBAs.

And, if you're interested in entrepreneurship (now or down the road), a JD/MBA will come in really handy. That's another instance when you'll be constantly negotiating with people.

So, you should pretty much have your choice of careers! Whatever job that you go into, you'll probably end up using some of both degrees. It's just a matter of what type of work you want to do.

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MBA/JD [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2004, 21:29
The MBA/JD can be a complex beast in part because recruiters might be confused why someone would obtain both degrees (if we need a lawyer we can always call our law firm . . . ). The pursuit of both degrees provides tremendous personal edification but this would not automatically lead to greater career success.

One should not assume that the MBA/JD will provide unfettered access to two job markets since the combined degrees with make some employers nervous. The fact that you have so many options might make employers question whether you are really committed to any particular field. Thus, they might fear that you will leave the firm more readily than another candidate with a smaller skill set. You might also experience some difficulties obtaining internships with MBA recruiters depending on how you schedule the combined program.

For some positions, the combined degrees would probably provide a strong competitive advantage. For other positions, the competitive advantage is less apparent.

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