noobishned wrote:How easy is it to get into the B-school after you have already been admitted to the law school? Also, what is a competitive LSAT score for admission to the B-school?
I've no idea how easy the process is or if they even look at grades. I can't really see why they would look at your LSAT when they could look at your entire 1L grades, but who knows - maybe that's what they do.
I'd say this though, if you want an MBA, apply to the business school directly. If you want to be a lawyer sit the LSAT.
You're not going to use your MBA as an associate, at least not in the first few years. If you get an in-house position later where the MBA might be useful, they should be paying for it for you then.
Think about it at interview time. If you go looking for MBA job they'll think you really want to be a lawyer, why else would you have spent all that extra time at school? Go looking for a legal associate position and they'll think you went into law school, quickly realized you don't want to be a lawyer and decided to diversify. They'll be scared they're going to pay off your loans over three or four years and then you're going to run to Microsoft or Amazon with your MBA as soon as you get fed up with doc review and 5am crisis calls from partners.
I disagree with this advice. I have no interest in getting an MBA, but I know a couple students doing the joint JD/MBA, and it makes sense if you want to work in finance. For example, Goldman Sachs recruits at the law school, and JD/MBAs will definitely have an edge over just JDs. Investment banks recruit separately at Darden, and they like to hire people with law degrees because investment banks have lots of legal issues. And if you want to work in a firm, a JD/MBA is going to be a good thing, not a bad thing. One of the senior associates I worked with a lot over the summer was a JD/MBA who was hired straight into the firm out of law school to do litigation. He gets to pick his assignments because partners who don't have a business background are eager to get him on their team.
So, if you want to do it, don't avoid it because you think it will make your job prospects worse. It won't. On the admissions side, it is harder to get into the law school then the business school, so the standard wisdom is that if you can get into the law school, you can get into the business school.
If you don't want to do the full JD/MBA thing, it is still possible to take classes at the business school as a UVa Law student.