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Wondering if I should bother applying to HEC, LBS etc. for MiM?

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Hi! I'm very new to this forum and have been going through user posts, and kind of just basically getting myself acquainted with it for the past few hours.

So, I want to apply for MiM at B-schools such as HEC, LBS and their like (I haven't done my research yet, lol) because I kind of want to switch professions (if I may say so), and plan on skipping the whole sitting for placements. However, most of the profiles of people looking to apply to MiM programmes that I've come across on this forum seem to be very different from mine. I mean, most of them seem to have done their undergrad in either engineering or something economics/management/commerce/b-school related. So yeah, I just wanted to realistically know my chances of getting into a good MiM programme if I do apply (especially with my profile).

Background: I'm in my penultimate semester (of a 5 year integrated B.A., LL.B Honours course) at a top National Law University in India (and by that, I mean a law school which has consistently been ranked as either #1 or #2 in the country for undergrad law), and will be graduating in May, 2018.

Academics/Courses: The courses which I've taken that come close to anything business/management related are all mandatory ones such as Company Law, Contract Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Law and Economics, Capital Markets, and Corporate Governance. But, each course only touches upon the basics because they're obviously all very vast subjects that need in-depth studying.

Grades: I don't exactly have stellar grades. My overall percentage (until last semester) might be averaging to around 67-68% (or a CGPA of 5.5/8)- that is, if I convert it from CGPA to percentage and by not taking a weighted average of the same. In terms of class rank, I'd probably be smack in the middle of my graduating class - it does get quite tough when you're competing with the cream of the crop.

Internships: Once again, nothing very impressive here. I have about 4-5 internships, including an internship with a very prominent state bank, another with a national level statutory organisation, one with a local law firm, one with an NGO, and another under a senior advocate at the Supreme Court (all of these are short 1-1.5 month internships). And of course, they're all very law related.

Co-curriculars: I've never really been into mooting or debating, so no co-curricular activities there. I have gotten 2 papers published, one in a student journal, and another in a national level law review. I've attended two conferences - one pertaining to international law where I got to interact with the sitting ICJ judges, and another relating to digital law. Oh, and I'd gotten selected to participate in the University exchange programme last semester (which was amazing, by the way!).

Extra-curriculars: I've volunteered and taught school children in a European country (I don't want to give away too much information here). I'd also gotten selected as a representative from my country to participate in this one youth conference held at a SAARC country regarding policy-making and UN SDGs. Additionally, I have (almost) consistently been volunteering with NGOs and State organisations - particularly in the environment/sustainable development related area.

TOEFL: 118 iBT (I'd taken it in Jan '17 because my exchange Uni forced me to. But, I guess I will have to take it again. I don't know if I should take IELTS instead?)

GMAT: 710 (I'd taken with a week of prep. Although I've entirely lost touch with Maths, I've got a pretty decent background in it primarily because I was a Math/Science student prepping for all them Engineering exams before I joined law school).

I've taken too many extra credits this semester and it's been so hectic and stressful for me. I just don't know whether it's worth it to invest my time and money in prepping for GMAT to improve my scores if even a really good GMAT score will not be able to offset my undergrad percentage/CGPA (to get into a good MiM programme, that is). So, yeeeeeeeah. Suggestions?

Thanks for reading! ^_^

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Re: Wondering if I should bother applying to HEC, LBS etc. for MiM? [#permalink]

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Hi! I'm very new to this forum and have been going through user posts, and kind of just basically getting myself acquainted with it for the past few hours.

So, I want to apply for MiM at B-schools such as HEC, LBS and their like (I haven't done my research yet, lol) because I kind of want to switch professions (if I may say so), and plan on skipping the whole sitting for placements. However, most of the profiles of people looking to apply to MiM programmes that I've come across on this forum seem to be very different from mine. I mean, most of them seem to have done their undergrad in either engineering or something economics/management/commerce/b-school related. So yeah, I just wanted to realistically know my chances of getting into a good MiM programme if I do apply (especially with my profile).

Background: I'm in my penultimate semester (of a 5 year integrated B.A., LL.B Honours course) at a top National Law University in India (and by that, I mean a law school which has consistently been ranked as either #1 or #2 in the country for undergrad law), and will be graduating in May, 2018.

Academics/Courses: The courses which I've taken that come closest to anything business/management related are all mandatory ones such as Company Law, Contract Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Law and Economics, Capital Markets, and Corporate Governance. But, each course only touches upon the basics because they're obviously all very vast subjects that need in-depth studying.

Grades: I don't exactly have stellar grades. My overall percentage (until last semester) might be averaging to around 67-68% (or a CGPA of 5.5/8)- that is, if I convert it from CGPA to percentage and by not taking a weighted average of the same. In terms of class rank, I'd probably be smack in the middle of my graduating class - it does get quite tough when you're competing with the cream of the crop.

Internships: Once again, nothing very impressive here. I have about 4-5 internships, including an internship with a very prominent state bank, another with a national level statutory organisation, one with a local law firm, one with an NGO, and another under a senior advocate at the Supreme Court (all of these are short 1-1.5 month internships). And of course, they're all very law related.

Co-curriculars: I've never really been into mooting or debating, so no co-curricular activities there. I have gotten 2 papers published, one in a student journal, and another in a national level law review. I've attended two conferences - one pertaining to international law where I got to interact with the sitting ICJ judges, and another relating to digital law. Oh, and I'd gotten selected to participate in the University exchange programme last semester (which was amazing, by the way!).

Extra-curriculars: I've volunteered and taught school children in a European country (I don't want to give away too much information here). I'd also gotten selected as a representative from my country to participate in this one youth conference held at a SAARC country regarding policy-making and UN SDGs. Additionally, I have (almost) consistently been volunteering with NGOs and State organisations - particularly in the environment/sustainable development related area.

TOEFL: 118 iBT (I'd taken it in Jan '17 because my exchange Uni forced me to. But, I guess I will have to take it again. I don't know if I should take IELTS instead?)

GMAT: 710 (I'd taken with a week of prep. Although I've entirely lost touch with Maths, I've got a pretty decent background in it primarily because I was a Math/Science student prepping for all them Engineering exams before I joined law school).

I've taken too many extra credits this semester and it's been so hectic and stressful for me. I just don't know whether it's worth it to invest my time and money in prepping for GMAT to improve my scores if even a really good GMAT score will not be able to offset my undergrad percentage/CGPA (to get into a good MiM programme, that is). So, yeeeeeeeah. Suggestions?

Thanks for reading! ^_^


A background in law definitely gives you diversity. Your GMAT score is quite decent, and you should have a shot at both HEC and LBS. The LBS program is quite basic, though, so you may not get too much out of it in terms of further business learning, given the courses you have already taken. The part you will need to work on here is what your post-MiM goals are. Other than that, you should have a decent chance with strong applications at these schools.
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GyanOne wrote:
A background in law definitely gives you diversity. Your GMAT score is quite decent, and you should have a shot at both HEC and LBS. The LBS program is quite basic, though, so you may not get too much out of it in terms of further business learning, given the courses you have already taken. The part you will need to work on here is what your post-MiM goals are. Other than that, you should have a decent chance with strong applications at these schools.


Thanks for replying! Do you think I should retake GMAT after studying/prepping a little so I can get a higher score and possibly improve my chances of getting into one of these MiM programmes? Also, is it alright if I apply after graduating (that is, applying in Sep '18 for the 2019 intake) or would it have any negative implications on my application (as it could be considered to be a gap year)? If it does not, then what would you suggest I do in the meantime to strengthen my application?

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