DA/Public Defender = "lawyer"
Judge - first be a practicing "lawyer" (generally)
"working at the state bar" - Seriously? doing what? Thats worth $150K in school debt?
"working at a law school" - as a prfessor? Generally practice as "lawyers" first. Cleaning toilets - OK our T3 degrees might get us that.
"litigate a K case" = "lawyer"
So again - where are these non-lawyer careers for JDs that you cannot get without one? Why is bombing the bar no big deal?
Yes a non-legal profession is better served by an MBA. An MBA will be much more useful in business and a law degree will be useful for a legal career. A M.D. or R.N. will be useful in the medical field.
Here is a list of jobs unobtainable without a J.D.
District Attorney or Public Defender offices tend to prefer a J.D. over an MBA as an MBA would completely useless to either of those departments. So those are two jobs where a J.D. would be better than an MBA.
I am also pretty you can't become a Judge without a J.D.
If you wanted to work for the State Bar again they would prefer a J.D.
working at a law school again J.D. preferred.
If you want to litigate a contract case again J.D. will be a lot more helpful than an MBA.
J.A.G. tends to prefer J.D.'s over MBA's
I could continue writing a long list where a J.D. combined with passing the bar would be better than an MBA. Yes an MBA is cheaper, but it does not certify you to do anything. At least a J.D. combined with passing the bar gives you the option to litigate an MBA does not certify you to do anything.