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Recent law grad eyeing B-school [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 18:22
Hi everyone,

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.

Thanks!
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Re: Recent law grad eyeing B-school [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 06:55
On the surface, it does seem unusual. But there's also a JD/MBA trend emerging across the country. I even know of someone who took a break from Stanford Law, did a MBA at Columbia, then went back to Stanford. So, in that context, I think your situation seems more inefficient than anything else. Had you known MBA up front, you could have done a joint degree and saved some time, but life doesn't always work out that way.

I would advise to follow through on your idea. Be honest about the evolution of your goals, I think there's great potential stemming from your academic and professional history. A lot of schools are taking GRE for admission now, so might check into that. But I wouldn't worry too much about the GMAT given your GRE performance -- still study though ;)
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Re: Recent law grad eyeing B-school   [#permalink] 23 Sep 2011, 06:55
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