Does a JD help?

I have a law degree from a "Top 50" school (e.g. not highly respected, but not completely worthless).

I am contemplating getting an MBA from a top 5 school. Will a my law degree help my chances? I had average grades in both law school and undergrad.

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16y 
BananaMan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

what's your gmat score? i would say you at least need a 700, great recs, essays and good work eperience to get into a top 5 if you have avg grades. the JD won't hurt in my opinion...you will just have to answer why the jd then and the mba now?

16y 
Kimbo Slice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

b-schools are very skeptical of lawyers.

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16y 
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i think it might actually be negative because there is such a thing as being over qualified. ex. do you remember that one guy in the Apprentice who wasn't hired because he decided to get all these degrees even after he had a MBA. The reason why is because it made him seem indecisive career wise. why would you decide on becoming a lawyer, go though all the trouble,finish law school and then decide that you don't want to be a lawyer anymore. how about forgetting the MBA and just trying to get into an Ibank. I heard that banks ahve hired lawyers before but it may be harder if you didn't go to a top school.

16y 
tbecker78, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just an opinion - being a lawyer from a top 50 means you're smart. That being said, B-schools want students they can market and if you don't have much work experience they're not going to like you. Your best bet may be to skip the MBA, find a contact at an i-bank, and beg for a job...

16y 
steady state, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I know a guy who went to a 2nd tier law school and then got into a 1st tier b-school after practicing litigation for a few years. He did fine in recruiting, ending up with a great hedge fund job. My general impression is that a law degree is considered pretty valuable.

16y 
steady state, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I believe it was around 3 years. Also, in my group this summer there was a JD/MBA who was a good year or two ahead of the curve in terms of his ability and respect by the MDs. One MD I spoke with was praising the guy and credited the dual degree as part of the reason for his rapid advance.

16y 
Kimbo Slice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i graduated from a top ten ls and practiced for 4 years before starting b-school. On the whole, I think adcoms were skeptical of my career plans and could pretty much see I was just running from the law. I think having a jd hurts more than helps.

16y 
hateholdem, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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