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My shot at top 5 MBA program..

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My shot at top 5 MBA program.. [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2011, 17:00
Education:

Undergrad: BS Economics, BA Political Science 3.0 GPA, top public
J.D. - studied Math and worked in Entrepreneurship Clinic throughout law school, top public, median class GPA

Work experience:

U.S. Navy Information Warfare Officer (4) years
Part-owner commercial real estate business/consultancy (5) years

GMAT:

710 (48/40)

Focus:

Finance & Strategy

Questions:

(1) Do I have a branding problem? I went to law school and after my 1L year and summer internship (at the Attorney General's Office) I knew I would not be a practicing lawyer. Instead of dropping out I decided to emphasize entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and real estate courses and focused on building my quantitative background. Then I spent four years in a leadership/technology driven field. How will ad-coms view this?

(2) If I don't have a shot at the top 5 programs, what other schools should I include in my range?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: My shot at top 5 MBA program.. [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2011, 19:50
To answer bluntly, yes, you'll have some problem with b-school admission simply because you already have a JD. The motive behind the JD isn't clear and won't be clear either when AdComs view your profile. You need to be able to convince the adcoms that you need an MBA and you need it now. For top 5, it's not very likely given your GPA and non-name-brand resume for work experience. It's not an automatic rejection but I just wouldn't bet my entire bank account on just the top 5 (and by that, I mean Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, and Sloan; any of the 5). It's really never a shoo-in for anyone anymore, so if it's either these schools or bust for you, just go ahead apply (what have you go to lose besides the application fee). If you're willing to compromise, also look at the other programs in the top 20 ranking, such as Berkeley, NYU, UMich, and UCLA. Your goal is a bit too broad but for finance, I'll assume you mean ibanking (or simply corporate finance) and strategy, you mean management consulting. Any of the top 20 b-schools can give you a realistic shot at making it into one of the top firms.
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