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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2014, 08:54
Hi (and a big thanks in advance to all who chime in)!

For starters, here is my background:

3.55 GPA in Electrical Engineering at a Public Ivy
2 years at an engineering consulting firm designing all manner of projects for water treatment facilities
3.3 GPA at a top 100 law school, cum laude honors
Going on 3 years full time as an associate at an Am Law 100 law firm (also worked ~30 hrs/wk my third year of law school)

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More specifically, I am currently a patent attorney working both in patent prosecution and patent litigation, but I don't think that long term this is the work for me. One aspect that I do enjoy in my job is working with start-ups and being involved with business development. As such, I am considering getting an MBA so that I can work with start-ups in a different context, specifically Venture Capital.

To be brief, I've heard that having a law degree can often be detrimental, so I do have some concerns there. I also don't have a ton of extra-curriculars, but I work quite a bit (80 hours a week) so I think I can mitigate some of the damage there. Finally, I am currently 29 and wouldn't be applying until well after my 30th birthday (doh).

As for schools, I would prefer to go to a top 10 school, and in my dreams HBS/Stanford/Columbia...but I'd rather be realistic.

Thoughts?
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2014, 19:07
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No reason why you shouldn't try for your dream schools, but I would also throw in a couple of other schools who don't get quite as many applications. The three schools you are targeting on your dream list turn down thousands of qualified applicants each year simply because they don't have enough seats for all the folks who apply. Law school is not detrimental at all especially in the area you worked. IP is a very valuable background for business and would bring a valuable perspective to the table for classroom discussions. You should be careful touting PE as your short term goal, since PE firms do not really recruit freshly minted MBAs. Perhaps doing some consulting or banking first would be a better story. Having said that, there are more and more PE folks returning to b-school, so they have likely helped classmates gain access to jobs over the past few years and who knows, maybe even be instrumental in getting PE firms to recruit directly. Let us know if you need help as you pull your application together. One very critical thing for you to do is to weave a story which makes sense and leads to your targeted job so the adcoms will know you will be easily employable. i don't think you'll have a problem doing this at all.
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