ahduth wrote:As far as the JD/MBA goes, people say it's a bad idea, because it shows a lack of commitment to the law. Firms look at you and say, why did you get this degree? That being said, if you're going into M&A or something along those lines, it could very possibly be an asset. Just make sure you have your story straight before you interview.
I'll admit that it definitely raises the question in my mind. What type of work experience do you have? If the whole profile paints you as a flight risk, the MBA may very well not be worth it.
Yea, i've heard this, and I guess it makes sense. But then why do some firms offer hiring bonuses for JD/MBAs? It can't JUST be for M&A. See, my reasoning for being interested is just because I was a social sciences major at a liberal arts college, i've had very little exposure to economics/business, and I want to broaden my knowledge/abilities. I'm not trying to go into academia, so can't an MBA only enhance my resume in the eyes of BigLaw and maybe eventually In house counsels?
I mean, I'd look at it funny. I guess it depends on the firm. When I think big law, I think people who are looking to become slaves to the firm, working 80 hours a week doing whatever god awful paperwork our clients have assigned to us. I don't see independent thought as being an asset in that scenario most of the time. Particularly, law firms aren't trying to help train you to become a GC. If you said anything about going in-house during my interview, I'd probably just show you the door right there.
I could be entirely wrong here, however, and the MBA might actually position you to avoid exactly those slave-driving types of firms. I think as long as your background is more JD than MBA (make law review, don't do an internship at a bank or anything) it's not going to kill you. I'd just make sure the extra time is worth it to you personally, because I'm not convinced it particularly helps you land a legal job out of school.