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Deferring at which law school for JD/MBA?

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Hi everyone,

I am deciding which law school to defer at in hopes of later applying for a 3-year JD/MBA program. I decided I wanted a JD/MBA after I got into law schools this year. I already had decided to defer for 1-2 years and work in the start-up industry. I am deciding right now between deferring at Northwestern and Columbia. I received more scholarship money at Northwestern and haven't heard back about financial aid from Columbia. One concern I have is whether I will be accepted to the MBA half after 1-2 years of work experience. From what I understand, I am only allowed to apply to the JD/MBA program after I begin my first year of law school. Since Kellogg is higher ranking than Columbia’s business school, I’m not sure if I should defer at Columbia to be safe since it's the higher-ranked law school and I'm guessing the business school is easier to get into? Also the higher financial aid package at Northwestern Law is a huge deal since without any financial aid, even a 3-year JD/MBA program is too expensive for me. How should I approach this decision?

I also don't know that much about how to compare the two JD/MBA programs except that Northwestern's MBA program is stronger and Columbia's JD program is stronger. But I have read that Kellogg's JD/MBA program is more integrated. Any experiences with these two programs?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
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I don't know much about JD/MBA programs, but I figured I'd pass along something worth considering regarding Kellogg and CBS. While Kellogg is higher ranked (this is debatable), it traditionally has a higher acceptance rate than CBS (~20% vs. ~16%). So, if you're set on a JD/MBA and financial aid is important to you, I'd suggest going to NU.

More importantly, do you want to become a lawyer? If not, it may not make sense to get the JD at all.
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