Lawyer to Consultant
I (27 yo magic circle lawyer) have been offered an interview for associate consultant at Bain. I admit that I was hoping my JD+experience would have warranted skipping associate consultant and walk into a consultant role as an "experienced" hire, so now I have a couple of questions, in the very remote case I should get an offer.
Will I be expected to get an MBA regardless of my irrelevant "advanced degree"?
Should I expect the interview, or my expected performance therein, to be unusual, given my prior experience? For instance, I know it is discouraged to apply frameworks such as Cheng's "as they are", because "everyone in business school applies them this way". Should I instead do exactly that, to demonstrate practically that even if I have not gone to business school I am on par with who did?
Do I have any margin to negotiate for a Consultant position? If not, do I have any margin to negotiate salary? Regarding the latter, I expect that I will be taking a pay cut regardless, so I would just like to make it as tiny as possible.
Thank you all who may pitch in. If you care at all regarding why I would like to make the switch: it's not that I don't like law. I love it actually. But I can't take my mind off from how much more interesting it must be to work alongside the decision maker for the operations of which I only fix up small details as a corporate lawyer.