I am currently considering going to law school with a full ride at a second tier, state law school that has very strong employment/name recognition on a regional level. I have a great academic interest in the law, but honestly have been turned off by all of the negative sentiment about the life-work balance of being a "real" lawyer (i.e., working at a firm). I also have a strong business/entrepreneurial streak, which is why I am considering a JD/MBA (or even JD/MPA). The MBA at the school I am considering is a top-50 program (again, with great regional name recognition).
I would consider just getting the MBA, but the way I see it, I've already missed the admissions cycle for next year. The earliest I could get my MBA only would be fall 2016. I could get the JD/MBA by fall 2017. The work experience I would have from now until the MBA really doesn't help me much professionally (just financially). Also, I'm hoping to use the time in school to help figure out what I really want to do (or even start a company).
Obviously, I'm concerned about going back to school for 4 years after working professionally and having a solid source of income (graudating at 30 years old).
FYI, here is a list of some of my main interests, in no particular order (I know, they are all over the place):
- Foreign relations/international issues
- Politics and government
Real estate development
I've read a lot about how skeptical people are about the JD/MBA combination. Also, I've heard plenty say "don't go to law school unless you want to be a lawyer." I'm wondering if anyone out there thinks the dynamic is changed for me given the fact that I have a full ride for the law side of the education, and would probably pay something like $20k for the business education.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks!