Get a JD/MBA DIRT Cheap.... but is it worth it??

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icydash
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Re: Get a JD/MBA DIRT Cheap.... but is it worth it??

Postby icydash » Thu May 27, 2010 6:42 pm

andyman wrote:
icydash wrote:
andyman wrote:OP - If it won't cost you much, and you are in no rush to graduate, then get it - it can only help. Not to mention if you interview for a job, your employer would almost certainly be more impressed with a JD/MBA than a JD alone, even if its slightly. In other words, you would have greater credentials than somebody with only a JD from an equally prestigious school (assuming there's no great discrepancy in your grades).

I strongly encourage it if it won't cost a lot and if you are in no rush to graduate. Don't listen to the clowns on this board telling you not to do it because "its not worth it" (they are probably jealous that you can obtain one for so little and they can't)

This is poor advice, and reflects a lack of actual hiring knowledge in the legal market.

First of all, if you're applying for a job (and you've got a JD), then 99% it's a legal job. They couldn't care less about your MBA, especially from an unranked school. Everyone knows that the important stuff you learn in an MBA program, you also learn in law school. The only reason to do an MBA is to go to a top school and make amazing connections; that's it. Everything else important you need to know about running a business can be learned in law school and with Google. Any smart employer knows this. Maybe, assuming you and another candidate come from the exact same law school, with the exact same grades, and the exact same work experience, the MBA may give you the edge. But it's the equivalent of a decent soft in the law school admissions process -- maybe worth 5% of your "hiring application"....definitely not worth the money and a year of your life. If it was a Harvard MBA, this would be a different story....but given this particular school, definitely not worth it.

Second of all, this particular JD/MBA gives you no mobility. Outside of your market, both will be worthless. At least get one degree that's portable (MBA) if you're dead set on this particular law school.


You are not taking into consideration that OP may want to seek a legal job in the business world. In such cases, a JD/MBA would have greater weight than a JD alone even with OP's UG degrees in Finance and Management.

Again, it's still a -legal- job. Yes, maybe if him and another candidate had the exact same law school, same GPA, same journals, same work experience, and same other softs, then an MBA may matter. But the fact of the matter is it's still a legal job, and if he's put up against anyone with a better GPA, school, set of journals or work experience, his MBA means next to nothing.

The chances of the above scenario happening are really, really, really small...and don't warrant a full year of school and tuition, when he could go work an extra year, make money, and it'd be stronger on his resume than an MBA.

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Re: Get a JD/MBA DIRT Cheap.... but is it worth it??

Postby Pastels » Sat May 29, 2010 3:39 pm

the school offers completion of both in 3 years, same as getting only the JD.

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Re: Get a JD/MBA DIRT Cheap.... but is it worth it??

Postby icydash » Sat May 29, 2010 4:28 pm

Pastels wrote:the school offers completion of both in 3 years, same as getting only the JD.

At this point it sounds like it's something you really want to do. It sounds like you're gunna do it either way.

I guess good luck ! =)




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