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Hi CDevin:
Thanks for reaching out to me. It's impressive that you were able to pass the bar in both New York and California. I know the exams for those two respective states are considered to be the toughest. I like the Michigan undergraduate degree in engineering. I used to live in Ann Arbor -- what a great town.

The primary concern you need to have regards your need for an MBA. What I mean is that you do not want to be viewed as an "escape hatch" candidate. You do not want the admissions committee to think that you possibly view your own work experience as a mistake, and are thus looking to business school as an alternative.

Based on the above, you need to make sure you articulate very clear short and long-term goals. Your goals need to build off of your current path. You seem to have a very good grasp on this. The next step is to make sure that your articulated goals represent how well you have thought about what an MBA will add to your current law degree and work experiences.

Your basic justification for "why MBA?" is that you are "silo-ed." You hit on this in your assessment of your on background. it is perfectly acceptable to say that you have done very well in your law career and to the point where you are now progressing into more strategic business and finance considerations. You do not want to be viewed as the "legal guy." You want to be able to make strategic decisions, but at this point in your career, you also see how law and business are intimately intertwined. If you can slap an MBA on top of your business and law experience, you will be able to help an entrepreneurial organization grow, or perhaps, help manage systemic risk within a large organization. What I think a key theme will be is your forward-looking ability to recognize a business environment that is rife with risk. At a high-level, and in your short-term goals, you look to build the systems that provide the advisory services that will help growing businesses ( this could be a fortune 500 by the way) achieve results in an uncertain business and regulatory environment.

I worked for several lawyers who have made the jump back into business school. I know I can help you with this, but I do have a few questions about your school choice.
    Why are you considering INSEAD?
    have you quantified the difference between the skills your American law degree provides and the legal systems that exist in the EU? that is, will your US law school skills be applicable in Europe? Keep in mind that there is a strong correlation between where you school and where you end up geographically.
    What other schools have made your short list in the US? In Europe?

Based on what I see here you do have the beginnings of a compelling candidacy. I invite you to sign up for a free consultation with me to discuss your candidacy and how I could help you.
If you are interested, please let me know by e-mailing me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

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