I'm new to these forums so I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this question. At any rate, I just graduated from a regional law school in May, but I've been very interested in the bond and commodity markets since the financial meltdown in 2008. I've read some finance books and studied up on SEC and CFTC regulations more or less for fun. I've actually applied for a job as a regulator at the CFTC as masochistic as that may seem. I can't imagine the work is any less repetitive or bureaucratic than life as an analyst at an IB - lower-paying of course
Brass tacks: It's true that the legal job market is dismal, but that's not the reason I'm considering getting an MBA. In addition to the JD I have an LLM in international business law from a European university - which is where I got turned onto international finance.
Currently I work in-house at a big manufacturing company doing regulatory compliance research. I used to be there full time, but now it's only a part-time gig. Prior to that I have experience managing engineers at a startup and was a self-employed consultant for four years before starting law school. My motive for law school was to become a toxic tort/products liability plaintiff attorney or criminal defense attorney, but for a number of reasons I've gravitated more towards the business and technical end of things.
My reservation about applying to business school is whether going straight from law school to B-school with (practically) no work experience in between is a red flag. Is it? I know the GMAT may be the elephant in the room, and I haven't taken it before - I got a 740V and 730M on the GRE a few years ago. I'm grateful for any tips, experience, or advice.