From BigLaw to MBA: Should I Do it and What are My Chances?
I've been lurking on here for a few months, in order to get a better understanding of what an MBA can do for my career and the B school application process as a whole. I don't really know many people who are in my position so I wanted to get yall's opinion about whether or not I should go for it.
I'm an African American male, top 25 undergrad but sub 3.0GPA with a B.S in Business Administration. I will graduate law school next semester with a minimum of a 3.6GPA (potentially with honors) and have accepted a job with a top law firm (i.e. Kirkland & Ellis, Skadden, Davis Polk, Latham & Watkins) in New York City. The plan is to work at the firm for 3-5 years, then potentially spring for the MBA. At the time I leave the firm, I will be anywhere from 30-32 years old.
Prior to law school I worked as a financial advisor. Throughout undergrad and law school, I've had a variety of leadership, community and work experience roles, from working for the SEC, to serving as my school's Student Body Vice President, doing pro bono civil rights legal work, coaching inner city youth and more. I was a National Merit Scholarship recipient going into college (not sure if that matters for B School admissions), and have won several scholarships and awards for my legal writing and research, within law school.
Why an MBA:
I went to law school because I felt that the law was inherently elitist; when disseminating information about the law, judicial process or government to the average person, I felt that there was little understanding or trust of that information between the dispensing and receiving entities. I felt the moral responsibility to correct this divide by acting as an honest representation of that information to eventually distribute it as a trusted source to my community. Specifically, I felt that this feeling was most applicable to social media and online content.
But lawyers are frequently reactive rather than proactive; we have no ability to change the system before something goes wrong, but we can advise our clients or litigate away responsibility. I feel that an MBA would allow me to better advocate for my own interests, in the way that I feel is right, rather than being beholden to another's interests. Essentially, I believe that getting an mba would allow me the best opportunity to better address regulatory issues I see as problematic, via my own private enterprises.
My undergraduate GPA is rough, but i'm hopeful my high law school gpa will balance it out. I took a practice GMAT cold and was able to score a 660. (45 Verbal 35 Quant).
I would love to go to either Columbia or NYU, to stay in NYC. Are these schools realistic goals with my low GPA, despite my high law school GPA? Whatshould I aim for? Are there other things I should consider that I haven't addressed?
Additionally, I have 0 student loans from either undergraduate or law school (multiple scholarships).
Thanks in advance!