Corporate Lawyer to MBA

Hi all,

I'm a corporate (BigLaw) lawyer practicing in the field of M&A and start-ups. I work at one of the top three tech law firms in the country and I'm based in the Bay Area. I'm considering applying to MBA programs next year and, in particular, I'm interested in Stanford GSB (though also Booth, HBS and Wharton).

Too much, too fast, too soon

With freshman year winding down, looking back there were so many things I SHOULD have done but didn't. This post isn't a cry for sympathy, but perhaps some can relate with the abundance of Type-A personalities in finance.

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Just how expensive is NYC today?

I get it: living in the Big Apple is costly. But is it really that costly, or are people just over-exaggerating it?

Sure an apartment can cost $2000+ and income taxes can take up 25%+ of your base salary + bonus, but many of you on this forum are making $120k+ straight out of college, some even $150k+, and this number only increases after each year (If you actually stay longer than a year...or even 7 months). Not to mention you all rarely have to pay for dinner.

So considering how much money you're all are making, is it still that expensive to live in the Big Apple?

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Former Deloitte and Booz Allen, happy to answer questions

Hey everyone,

I'm pretty new to the site; found it while researching some questions related to B-School admissions and really enjoyed some of the content. Anyhow, I saw plenty of users looking for more info on management consulting and thought I'd make myself available. I spent two years in Deloitte's S&O practice in DC working with Federal clients (mostly in the health care space). I then did some time at Booz Allen Hamilton, where I largely supported DoD clients but dabbled in some commercial work as well.

I'm happy to answer any questions: breaking into consulting, federal vs. commercial work, living in DC area, exit opps, whatever.

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The author views everything through the lens of power, which results in a distinctly uncomfortable degree of honesty about why humans do what they do. He labels as disingenuous anyone who claims that we do what we do for reasons other than power, and illustrates how people who try to “opt out” of the game of power by championing honesty, equality, or naivety are actually leveraging a time-honored law of power themselves.

As you might expect, the author has many critics. I found the book to be both unsettling in its unbridled amorality and refreshing in its unabashed honesty. Even if you balk at putting certain laws into practice, it would be folly to ignore any of them. The more you realize how these laws play out in real life, the more you will realize how in the proper time, place, and balance you can and should sometimes use them for your own purposes (which I hope are benevolent).

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Ben Bernanke to Join Citadel as Adviser

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