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Is it better to go to law school or get an MBA?

Asked South Brunswick Township, New Jersey

I am a junior in high school. I am looking to apply to colleges next summer and just wanted to get a heads up to see what I was aiming for. #college #business #university #major #business-development #law-school #attorney #lawyers

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Andrea’s Answer

Updated Hudson, New York

I did both.

After I finished my undergraduate degree (majored in finance and minor in economics), I started working. -I earned my MBA at night and worked during the day. -I also earned a JD through an evening program. For law school, a night program is not part time! It's intense, and is only one year longer than a day program.

If you're considering an MBA, take a few business courses in college. I know everyone chooses a different path, and law school graduates come to law school from a variety of backgrounds.

Each person is different and you need to consider what you want to be when you grow up. Your undergraduate degree needs to be well rounded and support your future course work at the same time. Both a law degree and an MBA require commitment.

If you are interested in the law, but don't want to go to law school, you can still get a non-lawyer job. There are many companies that have paralegal type positions. And even if you get a law degree, don't be afraid to consider these types of jobs!

Final word of advice: you get out of it what you put into it.

Thank you for your advice!

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Hi Haamid!

Here are some helpful sites that have some good inside information:

It all really depends upon what you what to do in your career.

https://hbr.org/2016/02/how-having-an-mba-vs-a-law-degree-shapes-your-network http://poetsandquants.com/2016/04/25/businessschoolvslawschoolvideo/ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/jd-vs-mba-smackdown-judged-guy-whos-done-both-brooks-de-vita

Talk to as many people in each area as you can to get a good inside view of what they are doing.

Best of luck! Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!

Thank you for your advice!
You are welcome! Best of luck! I would like to follow your progress.

Matthew L.’s Answer

Updated Detroit, Michigan

Great question. It really depends on what you like to do. Above all, find what you like in life and do that. You should never pursue any career or position just for the money or the prestige because in the end, you still have to go to work every day and do that job. That said, I loved the law so I went to law school but, unfortunately, practicing law is not like it's portrayed on TV or like what you study in law school. If you like business, you should focus on an MBA. It's more flexible and can be easier to get a job in the business world. If you like law, focus on getting a JD. I have both degrees and I use both of them every day in my work as a consultant. I "speak" law and business pretty fluently which helps me understand my clients and their problems much better (both businesses and law firms).

Many schools also offer a joint JD/MBA degree. It's more difficult and more expensive than just getting a JD or an MBA degree by itself, but it's also cheaper than getting a JD and then going back later for an MBA (or vice versa). If you are serious about a career in business with a top company or consulting firm, don't settle for an on-line MBA. It's not the same and does not provide you with the same opportunities or connections.

Above all, get the best possible grades you can in high school and do lots of extra curricular activities (sports, theater, newspaper, yearbook, band, whatever). Use your great great high school resume and grades to get into the best college you can. Get the best grades you can in college and look for leadership, volunteer and internship opportunities everywhere. Then take that great college GPA and resume and get into the best grad school you can. By getting top grades and getting into top schools you maximize your opportunities when you finally get out. With a JD from a top school, you can get a job at the best law firms. If you get an MBA from a top school you can go to work for whatever top company or consulting firm you want. Bad grades and mediocre schools limit your opportunities.

A huge part of getting top grades from a top school is the connections you will make while in school. Don't forget that your classmates also have top grades and will be working for top companies and law firms. You can leverage those connections for the rest of your life. This will lead to clients for you, jobs for you, and all kinds of other help you can't imagine. So be a good networker. Create relationships and maintain them.

But above all, find what you love and pursue that. Face the fact that finding a career you love may not involve an MBA or a JD, but with those degrees you can achieve whatever you want in life.

Keith’s Answer

Updated California, California

Get a Law degree, it gives you a solid profession and something can never take away from you and it gives you more credibility in your career.