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New post 08 Aug 2008, 00:33
I know there are various posts regarding JD/MBA programs but in the end I would like to just choose one of the degrees so I can focus on my interests. I would like to compare job prospects between MBA and JD graduates. I have a feeling that a post MBA job is more rewarding while post JD jobs are more secure due to demand. Also I have noticed that JD graduates usually obtain higher salaries. A simple answer to my questions would be to do what you love. But sometimes that answer is not enough. Does anybody have any stories about engineers who wanted to go to grad school, and ended up going to business or law school? I'd be curious to find out how both sides have done over the long run...

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I'm an attorney that is heading back to b-school (pending acceptance of course). I do enjoy the law and practicing, but I knew going into law school that I wasn't going to do the traditional law firm job. I wanted to work with companies (or start one) and if I did legal counsel, I saw more value in keeping the company OUT of court rather than waiting to crush everyone that dares bring a suit against us. I think my JD will give me a great base for making decisions in a job post-MBA and it also shows that I can handle the upper level courses.

You seem to dismiss the value of doing a job that you truly enjoy. I'm sure you know some attorneys. Ask them if they would mind shadowing you for a day or so in a deposition and go to court with them if they have hearings, etc. Really examin what it is they do and if you'd like it. 50 years years from now you're not going to be thinking about what you accomplished and hopefully it will be fond memories of work you enjoyed.

That said, I know far more people that went to law school and hated it afterwards than those that loved it. Though the ones that hated it are far more vocal about their opinions!
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Thanks that does help. My sister is actually graduating from law school and I've always considered going to law school as an alternate route. But I know patent law is not passion. =).

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