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New post 17 Feb 2014, 17:34
Hi (and a big thanks in advance to all who chime in)!

For starters, here is my background:

3.55 GPA in Electrical Engineering at a Public Ivy
2 years at an engineering consulting firm designing all manner of projects for water treatment facilities
3.3 GPA at a top 100 law school, cum laude honors
Going on 3 years full time as an associate at an Am Law 100 law firm (also worked ~30 hrs/wk my third year of law school)

GMAT 730

More specifically, I am currently a patent attorney working both in patent prosecution and patent litigation, but I don't think that long term this is the work for me. One aspect that I do enjoy in my job is working with start-ups and being involved with business development. As such, I am considering getting an MBA so that I can work with start-ups in a different context, specifically Venture Capital.

To be brief, I've heard that having a law degree can often be detrimental, so I do have some concerns there. I also don't have a ton of extra-curriculars, but I work quite a bit (80 hours a week) so I think I can mitigate some of the damage there. Finally, I am currently 29 and wouldn't be applying until well after my 30th birthday (doh).

As for schools, I would prefer to go to a top 10 school, and in my dreams HBS/Stanford/Columbia...but I'd rather be realistic.

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New post 25 Feb 2014, 06:02
The issue of it being difficult for lawyers to get into law school depends on the situation – a common path is for lawyers on finance transactions to want to shift into the business/finance role. Your experience and your goals differ, and if you prepare a stellar application, I do not think being a lawyer would prove a detriment in your case.

Given your age, I suggest [url]targeting schools[/url] that are friendly to older applicants, including Columbia, Kellogg – and have you checked MIT? I think it could be a good fit for you, and your background would be more distinctive there. Haas (at UC Berkeley) would also be a possible good fit. HBS would make sense, though obviously a high reach. Stanford has trended younger, and it would be a very high reach, but your background might appeal, so you could give it a shot. Wharton might be a good target program too.

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