BTide - What school are you at? If you don't want to say the exact school, you could just give its tier. I'll be attending a fourth tier school (though it has a great reputation locally), and I'm considering the MBA/JD. My undergrad degree is in business. I just graduated this past spring so I have no WE, but I am interest in working in law, business, or the intersection of the two. Do you know how much the value of the MBA/JD depends on the tier of the school. I've heard that the value of the MBA is becoming "diluted" (there's an article in this years USNWR on it too) and that it's somewhat pointless to get an MBA unless it's a high/very high ranking program (Harvard, Wharton, etc.). My primary question is: Does this apply when one is pursuing an MBA/JD as well, and if so, to what degree? In other words, how much does an MBA increase the marketability of a T1 law school grad vs. a T4 law school grad? (I realize the cons to pursuing an JD/MBA, and that some will argue that it won't increase your marketability at all.)
Albeit my state only has 2 law schools anyways (at T2 and a T4).
Many people start at a big firm then move in house with a client. Some companies may want to hire newbie lawyers but most know that 5 or more years in with a law firm is perfect training plus good connections. I'd do some research to see what if any difference an MBA makes on getting your foot in the door compared to firm experience.
I hear a lot of people saying that law firms are scared of having someone with an MBA around. I was an IT contractor for a while, and the life of the contractor is basically anybody on any side can sever the ties if something better comes along. I would think that if I was to service business clients, they would be much more comfortable talking with someone who didn't just understand the legalities of business.Just like I hate voting for someone into a senate position who never made less than $2,000,000 a year. If they've never truly had to worry about living on a budget, how can I expect them to run the country on a budget? I think that this posting has strengthened my position to get a joint degree. If I don't like a law firm (or they don't like me) I want to have career options open. If you want to be successful, choose your job, and don't let the MARKET choose it for you.question is.....do you start on the MBA classes first, and then get into your law stuff? It seems like the MBA stuff is more principals and theories, and less memorization. plus, there's not a business equivalent to the Bar exam....
Law degree and business?