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I'm considering applying to both JD & mba programs at the same university. Can one apply to l-school and b-school e.g hls/hbs separately without doing a joint application?
For essays and personal statement the separate application is really useful as either school wouldn't check with the other. A joint application has essays that need to justify need for both degrees in each application.
1. apply to l-school and bschool separately (no joint app essay) and pick one if accepted 2. apply to l-school and bschool separately (no joint app essay) and convert to joint jd/mba if accepted 3. apply to l-school and bschool for joint jd/mba by writing consistent JD personal statement/MBA essays (justifying joint degree weakens b-school essays) 4. apply to l-school and bschool for joint jd/mba by writing JD-specific goals in JD personal statement and MBA-specific goals in bschool essays (no effort to make goals consistent)
#1 is feasible in that it's no different in applying to multiple B-schools. You'll pick one and tell the other you won't be attending. #2 probably won't work. Getting into each individually and trying to convert may raise the question as to why you didn't apply to the joint program, especially when some schools like Kellogg have a single application that is reviewed by both schools.
Don't have a comment on #3, but #4 goes back to the point that if you're filling out a joint application, it may be one application and you can't tailor it to one school or the other.
About #1, there is an option in the application to HBS that asks whether you ever applied to any Harvard school. So, even if you apply to HBS/HLS separately (no joint degree), the schools may know that the pending application to other school and discuss it with them.
If anyone has experience or knowledge in this area, can they please share