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Hi, posting here for the first time.

Was wondering if its possible to impress top B-school (H/S/W) admissions as a corporate lawyer (Will be 3 years at a top quality M&A/capital markets law firm) from India with a law degree from the best Indian law school? Have completed CFA, experience with law review and leadership roles in law school. GPA is 5.4/7 (Close to 78% for an arts degree). I haven't taken the GMAT yet, but assuming I get a 720+ score. I'm happy with the exposure in my current role and looking to transition to IB/consulting post-MBA. Thanks!
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Hi 1point5billioninches,

thanks for your post. Of course it is possible to impress top b-schools as a corporate lawyer. A background in law is as good as any other background.

But what needs to impress the admissions committee is your entire profile: i.e. academics, your work progression, achievements, extra-curriculars, etc... And your application: i.e. your resume, essays, LoRs...

As for GMAT, as an Indian candidate, try to be at least 20-30 points above the school's average.

I hope this helps.

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Hi 1point5billioninches,

You can definitely apply to business school with a background as a lawyer, but as is true of any candidate, you will need to explain why you are seeking an MBA at this point in your career and how it will help you attain your career goals. Your legal background can help to differentiate you and will enable you to bring a unique perspective to the class, but your application/story will need to be clear. Hope that helps!

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1point5billioninches wrote:
Hi, posting here for the first time.

Was wondering if its possible to impress top B-school (H/S/W) admissions as a corporate lawyer (Will be 3 years at a top quality M&A/capital markets law firm) from India with a law degree from the best Indian law school? Have completed CFA, experience with law review and leadership roles in law school. GPA is 5.4/7 (Close to 78% for an arts degree). I haven't taken the GMAT yet, but assuming I get a 720+ score. I'm happy with the exposure in my current role and looking to transition to IB/consulting post-MBA. Thanks!


Hi 1point5billioninches,

Of course, you will be able to impress the top B-schools with your differentiated profile :) However, your essays will need to focus on your leadership abilities, varied skill-set, and, most importantly, why you feel the need for an MBA! :)

Considering you represent the Indian applicant pool, we strongly recommend that you aim for a score upwards or around a 740, especially since you are looking at the M7 :)

Hope this helps!

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1point5billioninches wrote:
Hi, posting here for the first time.

Was wondering if its possible to impress top B-school (H/S/W) admissions as a corporate lawyer (Will be 3 years at a top quality M&A/capital markets law firm) from India with a law degree from the best Indian law school? Have completed CFA, experience with law review and leadership roles in law school. GPA is 5.4/7 (Close to 78% for an arts degree). I haven't taken the GMAT yet, but assuming I get a 720+ score. I'm happy with the exposure in my current role and looking to transition to IB/consulting post-MBA. Thanks!


1point5billioninches,
1) Understand that the schools look more at the process (think career growth process) than what stream you took. Demonstrating a fast growth in any field, howsoever diverse, is way better than being in the best role, but no growth/ vision/ ambitions.
2) Within the above, you need to establish a clear goal & WHY & HOW an MBA will help you reach there faster.
3) Within the above, you should be able to demonstrate any transition you are looking at, is well understood, and an interest in it well demonstrated through real life examples
4) Your overall impact as well as a well-rounded personality will win you the day.
5) For H/S/W, the presence of a subtly expressed dream to change the world, will endear you much more.

As for your GMAT scores, and other points you already have good advice.
Hope this helps.
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