Negative impact of second MA degree?

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Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby Mercat » Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:30 pm

Hello TLS,

I've been admitted to SLS and am on deferral to finish a MA degree. I've recently been admitted to a second 1-year MA, which is fully funded. Given that it's fully funded and I'm interested in the subject, I figure, why not? SLS has told me I can defer for a second year to finish it.

My concern, though, it that after the second MA I will be entering law school at 27 with two degrees in humanities subjects. Will law firms think that I have too frivolous of a resume to hire me as a litigator? Or would I be too old?

Thank you,

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby Wild Card » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:11 pm

I had two master's degrees in the humanities going into OCI. Employers didn't care.

My problem was overreacting, reacting defensively, to the question, "Why law?" When your time comes, remember to answer questions directly and succinctly. "Why law" doesn't require you to tell your life's story or to weave a coherent narrative.

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby lsatlover123 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:33 am

I wouldn’t worry about it.

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby northwood » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:52 am

Definatleey not too old to start school at 27, and like others said no one cares that much about two MA degrees. Do the second one if you like and then focus on SLS

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby mmac » Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:38 pm

Keep in mind that your interviewers won't know that you deferred a year.

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby Mercat » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:54 am

Thank you for the responses! So I'm getting that it might be *slightly* questionable in the eyes of firm recruiters, but that it's not really worth stressing over?

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Re: Negative impact of second MA degree?

Postby mmac » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:38 pm

I don't think it's even questionable for recruiters--probably makes you more interesting.



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