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Profile Evaluation (low GPA, 720 GMAT, attorney)

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Profile Evaluation (low GPA, 720 GMAT, attorney) [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 20:10
Hi there, could I get an evaluation on my background?

31 asian-american male
UG GPA: 2.86 (I'm pretty concerned about this), B.S. in managerial economics from UC Davis. Had an upward trend in GPA during my final two years of school due to me switching majors from bio-chem.
Law School GPA: 3.25 from a decent, but not great regional school (ranked around 50 nationally)
GMAT: 720 (49Q, 40V), 6.0AWA, 8.0 IR
Target Schools: USC F/T, UCLA P/T, NYU P/T. Applying R1 or R2 to all schools.

I worked in finance for a year after college and decided to go to law school. After graduating law school, I worked as in house counsel for 1 year at an online media company. Since then and for the past 3 years, I've been working as a regulatory compliance lawyer, assisting banks, lenders, and finance companies with issues in commercial and consumer lending. I'm planning on going to business school to begin a career in consulting, but would like to continue working in my current field, just on the business side rather than the legal side.

1. What do you think my chances are for getting into each of the schools I listed? Ideally, I'd like to attend USC F/T or UCLA P/T. However, if USC F/T is a stretch, I'd rather apply to the P/T program as a safety.

2. Will my experience as an attorney be a positive factor in admissions? I've heard mixed opinions on how adcoms view lawyers (eg: some are skeptical as to why they're going back to school, others feel they bring diversity to the classroom, etc.)

3. Nothing I can do about my UG GPA. Will my law school GPA help to counterbalance my lower UG GPA?

4. Anything you recommend that I do to help my chances? Any other schools you suggest I apply to?

Thanks in advance for your advice! It's much appreciated.
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Re: Profile Evaluation (low GPA, 720 GMAT, attorney) [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 09:27
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Hi there,

Thanks for your post. In response to your questions...

1) I would think admission to the programs you have listed is possible, not easy, but not out of the question, IF you can put together a very compelling application (i.e. especially ESSAYS since that is where you have the most room/opportunity to answer key q's), and show what about YOU is unique, what you'd bring to a b-school class, WHY you want/need the MBA especially after law school, how you foresee your future career, etc. Your undergrad GPA is not ideal certainly, but you can't do too much about it at this point, and your GMAT is more recent as well as the ok-law-school grades, so those tend to count more, and the GMAT in particular shows you can handle the academic nature of the program.

2) You are correct in that there are 2 primary ways to assess lawyer applicants-- 1) potential to bring diversity, and 2) do they need another degree? So both issues will be raised when your application is evaluated. ;) It can be a plus in that the pool of lawyer applicants is smaller, so you need to show why YOU are the ideal candidate over any with similar backgrounds. And aim to show or touch on how the skills you've gained through your past experiences that you'll carry over to b-school and your future career, so that your 'story' so to speak all makes sense.

3) See #1

4) Generally just focus on those essays-- you can do so much for the admissions decision within them!! In terms of schools, the part time vs full time is a big question and fairly personal... normally people pursue part time programs while still working in their current career, so you'll have to determine what makes the most sense for you. Very generally, part time programs also work well for people who have a clear career plan and means to get their after they graduate (though that doesn't HAVE to be the case); full time is more total-immersion, a 24 hour experience, with usually more networking, closer relationships developed with your classmates, and potentially more opportunity to 'try things' such as internships, different projects with companies, more electives, etc. Just some things to think about.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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Re: Profile Evaluation (low GPA, 720 GMAT, attorney) [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2013, 11:00
mbaMissionJenK wrote:
Hi there,

Thanks for your post. In response to your questions...

1) I would think admission to the programs you have listed is possible, not easy, but not out of the question, IF you can put together a very compelling application (i.e. especially ESSAYS since that is where you have the most room/opportunity to answer key q's), and show what about YOU is unique, what you'd bring to a b-school class, WHY you want/need the MBA especially after law school, how you foresee your future career, etc. Your undergrad GPA is not ideal certainly, but you can't do too much about it at this point, and your GMAT is more recent as well as the ok-law-school grades, so those tend to count more, and the GMAT in particular shows you can handle the academic nature of the program.

2) You are correct in that there are 2 primary ways to assess lawyer applicants-- 1) potential to bring diversity, and 2) do they need another degree? So both issues will be raised when your application is evaluated. ;) It can be a plus in that the pool of lawyer applicants is smaller, so you need to show why YOU are the ideal candidate over any with similar backgrounds. And aim to show or touch on how the skills you've gained through your past experiences that you'll carry over to b-school and your future career, so that your 'story' so to speak all makes sense.

3) See #1

4) Generally just focus on those essays-- you can do so much for the admissions decision within them!! In terms of schools, the part time vs full time is a big question and fairly personal... normally people pursue part time programs while still working in their current career, so you'll have to determine what makes the most sense for you. Very generally, part time programs also work well for people who have a clear career plan and means to get their after they graduate (though that doesn't HAVE to be the case); full time is more total-immersion, a 24 hour experience, with usually more networking, closer relationships developed with your classmates, and potentially more opportunity to 'try things' such as internships, different projects with companies, more electives, etc. Just some things to think about.

Good luck and keep us posted!


Will do - Thanks for the great advice, Jen!
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Re: Profile Evaluation (low GPA, 720 GMAT, attorney) [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 20:01
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You are welcome, keep us posted, good luck!
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