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Hello Everybody, 22 year old recent Humanities graduate here. My goal is to do an MBA, I have recently been approached with an option to apply to a very good law program here in Canada. It is ranked 4th in the country, it is relatively selective but I think I have a good shot at getting in. How do MBA programs view law school graduates? If I take this route it would likely only take me 2 years to complete the degree then I would like to work for another 3 years post BAR exam, possibly in a corporate law setting. Any opinions and advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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I have worked with lawyers who have been successful in getting admitted to MBA programs after practicing law for a few years. The key will be explaining why you will be seeking an MBA at that point in time and how the MBA will help you to attain your goals going forward.

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Emilio95 wrote:
Hello Everybody, 22 year old recent Humanities graduate here. My goal is to do an MBA, I have recently been approached with an option to apply to a very good law program here in Canada. It is ranked 4th in the country, it is relatively selective but I think I have a good shot at getting in. How do MBA programs view law school graduates? If I take this route it would likely only take me 2 years to complete the degree then I would like to work for another 3 years post BAR exam, possibly in a corporate law setting. Any opinions and advice will be appreciated. Thanks.


From what we have seen B-schools basically LOVE lawyers (obviously you have to be from good schools, good firms etc). It requires so much work and study to gain the law insight, and for obvious reasons, law is extremely valuable in business, and few managers will have this law background.

It will take a long time to get there, which is nice because it is also long enough to take time to think.

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I don't think having a law degree will negative effect on you, typically if positioned appropriately it can be a real boon to your candidacy.

I will say tho, you want to make sure you are pursuing a law degree for the right reasons, not just because you know you can get in. Unless you want to pursue a career in law or see some other knowledge opportunity from this degree then you want to consider if getting a law degree is the best path to your career goals
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I don't think having a law degree will negative effect on you, typically if positioned appropriately it can be a real boon to your candidacy.

I will say tho, you want to make sure you are pursuing a law degree for the right reasons, not just because you know you can get in. Unless you want to pursue a career in law or see some other knowledge opportunity from this degree then you want to consider if getting a law degree is the best path to your career goals


Thank you for the feedback. The way I have been looking at the law degree is as more of an opportunity to learn about the business world from a different angle (corporate law). I think that the rigorous academic work required to do well in the degree alongside all the debating and presentations etc. are going to be great for personal development. My undergraduate degree is typically one of the stepping stones some take into law school but for me I am a bit hesitant to actually becoming a career lawyer. I am much more drawn towards MC in general. I think that having a JD from a top Canadian school with 2-3 years corporate law experience and an MBA from hopefully a good school will put me in a strong position career wise for Management Consulting.
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I think it will as well, it is a bit of a roundabout path but a law degree is a flexible degree so you will have tons of career opportunities following your degree if you choose to go down that path
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