2. Perspectives on JD/MBA

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Of those ambitious born into this world, some went to law school for a JD degree, some went to business school for MBA degree; then there is a rare breed that wants to do both – the JD/MBA’s.

To put things in perspective: a typical JD is a 3-year degree and a typical MBA is a 2-year degree, a JD/MBA is only 4 years; that is 1 year saved if you pursue the two degrees separately. Northwestern, my law school, further reduced the JD/MBA program to 3 years! The opportunity cost of that one extra year can be huge when your expected-postgraduate salary is ~$200k.

I entered law school as a regular JD student like most others at law school. I always thought that Northwestern’s JD/MBA is a bargain because you can get a MBA degree having to spend any extra time (though there is an extra $80k tuition for the JD/MBA). However my friend who originally only wanted to get a MBA degree sees JD/MBA as an extra year for a JD degree. I found his perspective interesting and thus decided to dedicate this comic piece to it.

1. Defenders of Justice

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One common question that law school students ask each other as icebreaker during the first weeks is “why did you come to law school?” While I can’t speak for other people, personally, I came to law school go be a JAG Officer – that is a lawyer in the military. Now, although I never deviated from my original goal, it would be a lie to say that the thought of earning $160k/year in a big-law firm have never crossed my mind; after all, most of law school students I know are taking out at least some debt.

Many first year law students initially wished to practice public interest law, however after a few month many would say, “I think I have to work in biglaw for a few years first because I have to pay off my debt…” While economic pressure might have distracted some passionate idealists, I hope that these idealist never lose their target.

At the end of the day, regardless of public perspection, I believe that lawyer is a revered profession. Knowledge is power, and greater power comes with great responsibility.