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  1. 1. about a JDMBAA word of advice
  2. 2. By the Amerasia Consulting Group,Boutique MBA Admissions ConsultingThinking about a JDMBAA word of adviceMBA Admissions Consultant |
  3. 3. This time of year, we start to hear people ask a lot aboutthe JD/MBA degree path. Its understandable, given thepopularity of both programs and the temptation to get twodegrees normally totaling five years of school in just threeor four years.That said this is a time we usually ask people to stop andthink things through. Why? Because you can shootyourself squarely in the foot if you rush off and apply as aJD/MBA applicant instead of one or the other.Lets work through this.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  4. 4. For starters, we are not speaking to the small group ofyou who has your heart set on this path.For someone who is dead set on a JD/MBA, it is worthany risks to go ahead and put your cards on the tablebecause you need to know exactly where you have thisspecific opportunity. So please, dont abandon yourdreams because of this post.However, if you are like most people considering thispath, you have a clear preference for one degree over theother. You also probably have a stronger profile in onearea or another.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  5. 5. Hopefully, those coincide. Because what we want you todo is think about the impact that tacking the other degreemight have on your chances.Its important to remember a couple of things about theworld behind the magic curtain:1.the admissions offices can and will talk to each otherwithin a university, and2.admissions offices are obsessed with their yield rates.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  6. 6. So if you are looking like a slam dunk candidate atChicago Law School with your 3.7 GPA from a public ivyand your 172 LSAT and your heart for public service, thelast thing you want to do is submit an application to Boothwith your four months of work experience.Suddenly, Chicago Law has to ask Booth if they plan toadmit you. When Booth says "no way, not enough workexperience," suddenly an admit letter turns into a ding atChicago Law.Why? Because you have made it clear you want aJD/MBA and the University of Chicago wont be providingyou with that option.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  7. 7. The same is also true, of course, for MBA candidates. Ifyou have a decent GPA and a good GMAT score withgreat work experience, you are looking good at, say,Ross.But if you take a whack at the LSAT and get a 160 andthen applying to Michigan as a JD/MBA, the law school isgoing to vote thumbs down and there goes youracceptance to Ross.The other reason to take a wait and see approach and tofocus on your strengths is that you can always try the"knock on the old oak door" approach.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  8. 8. Once you are accepted to a program, they are far morelikely to help you pursue a seat in the correspondingschool.You can even achieve this while you are on campus. Itobviously depends on the university and which degreeprogram you start in (it is far easier to go from Yale Lawto Yale SOM, for instance, or from Wharton to Penn Lawthan vice versa), but when you consider what a low-riskproposition it is and that you might be able to cut throughsome red tape, it is almost always the best way to play it.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  9. 9. If you need help sorting this all out, understanding thelandscape, making tough choices, or preparingapplications, look us up and well be happy to assist youon the journey.Good luck and remember that less is more when it comesto increasing your application odds.MBA Admissions Consultant |
  10. 10. If you are interested in the MBA Admissions Consulting services offered byAmerasia, please email to inquire about setting upa free consultation.