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Some of the advice on here is crap, so don't listen to it. My wife only got a Master's in accounting and she is eligible to sit for the CPA; in fact, she is preparing for it right now. There's also a strong demand for attorneys who have accounting backgrounds. She works for one of the Big Four accounting firms, and she has often told me that the attorneys there don't advance as quickly because they don't understand rudimentary accounting issues. At the same time, attorneys have many skills that the average accountant doesn't have, so if you combine the two, I think you'll definitely have the potential to be in high demand; and after working a few years, you'll have a lot of opportunities for advancement.[/quotei'm not talking out my ass, i'm a cpa (well, i was - i let my license lapse) and i worked at big 4 firm for over 4 years. in most states, a master's in accountancy is needed to sit for the exam because most undergrad programs are only for 120-130 hours. the requirement in most places now is 150 hours, so to be able to sit for the exam you have to take a year of courses in accounting, a master's in accountancy. it's not an mba; nearly all of the classes are accounting classes. also, in most states, to actually get the cpa license, you have to spend 2 years in public accounting, or 5 years working under a cpa. so op could take the req. courses, take and pass the exam, but still not be considered a licensed cpa. i went to law school to get off that train, so i'm a bit biased when i hear people wanting to be a cpa. i don't encourage anyone to study accounting personally. but the jd/cpa skill set isn't really the same imo. it's more letters after your name, like i said it would be good for tax law or estate planning. but like someone said, i wouldn't get the jd first and then get the cpa because the cpa would be more time intensive if you didn't already have the acctg requirements. YMMV.
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