I recently graduated and acquired a bachelors degree. I was wondering what are your views between a JD/MBA program vs. the traditional 3-year JD. I don’t know whether I want to do legal work forever. If I do, would the JD/MBA put me in a disadvantage position compared to a 3-yr JD?
It would give you a competitive advantage, not disadvantage. Especially if you plan to focus on corporate law. It would also make it easier for you to transition out of the law down the road, should that be of interest to you. A JD/MBA shows that you have at least a rudimentary understanding of finance and accounting, something many lawyers don’t have. So, in case of a tie, go for the JD/MBA. But don’t sacrifice academic quality for degree quantity. In other words, it’s better to get a JD from a top 10 school than a JD/MBA from a top 30 school.
P.S. You say you don’t know whether you want to do legal work forever, yet you haven’t even applied to law school yet. Not a good sign. Why spend three years busting your ass to get a degree you’re not sure you even want? Don’t be afraid to take a year off and get some real-life experience. Get a paralegal job at a big firm, see if you like it. If you do, go to law school. If you don’t, do something else. You’ll save lots of money—and avoid lots of career frustration.
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