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Profile Evaluation: URM 730/3.8, little work experience

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Joined: 30 Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.82
WE: Law (Other)
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1

Profile Evaluation: URM 730/3.8, little work experience [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 13:59
Hello All,

I am here to get some thoughts on 1) whether I should retake the GMAT and 2) what schools I will be competitive at with my current profile. About me:

2 years at community college: 3.9 GPA; transferred to UC Berkeley: 3.8 GPA (graduated with honors in two years)

In college I:
Founded and was president of an African American pre-law association
Tutored and mentored kids in low income neighborhoods, also delivered motivational speeches at high schools in these areas
Worked 20-30 hours a week all four years (no exaggeration) to successfully avoid undergrad loans

After college I went straight to Harvard Law School. Graduated in 3 years. Grades were not great but not terrible, and I took several business-related courses. I met a genius the first year of law school (computer scientist, not law student), who started a hedge fund, and I went to work as his chief compliance officer after I graduated (I graduated this past May).

GMAT: 730 (47 quant, 44 verbal) on my first try (still waiting to get my AWA score). I don't think I necessarily need to retake to get into a good school, but I'd like to get some serious scholarship money, and I think that a higher score could help with getting jobs after B school.

African American Male

I think that my biggest weakness by far is a severe lack of work experience (only been working since this past May). However, I did two prestigious legal internships during my summers as a law student. My list of hopefuls is:

Stanford
Berkeley
UCLA
Harvard
Wharton
Columbia
Yale

What do you all think? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thank you all for your time.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: URM 730/3.8, little work experience [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2012, 12:55
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Hi sluggerguy77,

Thanks for the posting. You have a very strong candidacy.

Regarding your GMAT score, I do not recommend taking the test again. You have a very strong score and your time will be best spent on other parts of your application.

For your work experience, certain programs such as Stanford and HBS are known to consider candidates with less experience, however the majority of MBA programs like to see at least 2 years of work experience.

What will be most important in your application is how you address why you are interested in business school at this time, particularly after having recently graduated from law school. This is something I recommend you discuss in your personal stories.

If you'd like, we provide free 30 minute phone consultations here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/

We also have school specific advice for the programs you listed here:

HBS: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... ss-school/
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Berkeley: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... -business/

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Joined: 30 Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.82
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Re: Profile Evaluation: URM 730/3.8, little work experience [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 21:22
Thanks Conrad, I appreciate your response!
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