romothesavior wrote:The Rover wrote:Why is everyone so sure that b-school ranking doesn't matter? I won't claim to be an expert but Indiana's b-school has a good reputation in the Midwest FWIW.
Let's turn the tables around on you: why would B-school rankings matter at all to a non-JD/MBA?
And even for someone getting a JD/MBA, it wouldn't make much difference here. A JD/MBA really only makes sense for a limited number of people, or for people at certain elite B-schools. Indiana may have a solid business school, but it isn't on par with the types of business schools that could potentially make a difference (Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Chicago, etc.) I go to a school with a B-school ranked similarly to IU, and it hasn't helped me or my classmates one bit. It is a non-factor in law hiring.
Look at that chart I posted above and see how Indiana places into firms relative to their T30 peers. The non-effect of their B-school should be obvious.
Kelley is a significantly better b-school than Olin. IU's b-school is historically very strong, whereas the law school has historically been so-so.
The JD/MBA's at IU do get a little boost to their marketability because the MBA is stronger then the JD. I'm not surprised this is not true at WUSTL, where the JD is far stronger than the MBA.
But I have to agree... why not just go to Pepperdine and ditch the MBA? The value of the MBA diminishes quickly outside of the top 10-15 schools - much quicker than the value of the JD even.