Vandy JD/MBA vs. Michigan JD vs. Yale MBA
I posted some of this already in a Q&A thread, but I felt it merited standing as its own topic. Here goes:
I'm starting law school in the fall, and would like to enter into management consulting after graduation for several years, preferably MBB. The focus on pure strategy instead of also on operations is not only more appealing, but I think it will be more valuable when I exit to expand our companies. Worked full-time through undergraduate. ACT was 34 with public undergraduate triple major in finance, biological sciences, and psychology. GMAT was 770 with grad school at Columbia, MS in industrial engineering and operations research and concentration in logistics and supply chain optimization. Eagle Scout. Mensa. Active Mason and Shriner. Plenty of community leadership if it even matters.
I'm now VP and CFO of a chemical company. Involved in management of multiple companies that my family owns across various industries. Several personal real estate development projects. Love to use great leadership experience for 5+ years to spend some time at MBB after law/business school.
Also, I had a professor that's been an expert consultant at McKinsey for the past decade who will be providing a recommendation for that application. I assume that stuff makes a big difference in securing an interview spot?
I'm living in the South and planning on returning here. The possible problem is that the number of target schools here are significantly less, and the sheer number of offices is just less. Does anyone know if there is a regional component to recruiting regarding business school preference? As things stand for me, I'm trying to decide between going to a higher ranked school in the northeast or a lower one in the south. A higher ranked one might recruit stronger (depending on whether there is a regional component), but one in the South would develop valuable stronger ties where I want to end up living.
Options are as follows:
Vanderbilt JD/MBA - full tuition MBA scholarship with the possibility for strong networking at high levels. Dean is on board with helping me work with the Governor's Office and the Committee for Economic and Community Development during the academic year (side note--Tennessee' ECD Commissioner is a 7-year BCG alum who now owns a private equity company). Strong placement with Deloitte S&O, but that's not quite the same as pure strategy consulting. Placed at McKinsey and BCG this past year. Among the Big 3, only Bain does OCI any more (for some reason McKinsey stopped coming in 2007).
Michigan JD - can't say enough good things about the school. Uncomfortable with how strong the alumni network is (or isn't) in the South. Full MBB OCI.
Yale MBA - great program. Strong recruiting. It's Yale, but I need the JD (working in a regulated industry and looking for acquisitions solidified this need. Pleeease, no flaming on this point.). Also, like Michigan, I'm uncomfortable with how strong the alumni network is here in the South. Full MBB OCI.
Remember, I will end up in the South. It's long term benefits vs. short term ones.