Hey guys, Thought I'd start another thread for those of us APDs/ADCs (read: spent too many years in school) who are applying for full time positions either earlier this year in the Spring (BCG) or now during the Summer. Let's try to provide sufficient data so it's less confusing: Current location(Northeast/west/south)/institute(target?): Firm(s) applied (spring/summer): When did you receive an invite/rejection: Additional info (invite or no? when are they scheduling the interviews?): To start off: Current location: southeast + semi/non target Firm applied: BCG (spring) When did you receive an
01 Jan 2017
I am considering going to law school and want your guys' opinion on some of the reasons why I want to go to law school. I want to emphasize that these are not the only reasons why I want to go to law school. These are only the ones relevant to this site. Background: - I just finished my junior year at the University of Kansas where I am majoring in Accounting, Finance, and Business Analytics. - I will sit for the CPA exam next summer (summer 2020). - I worked last summer at a 10 person convertible arbitrage hedge fund and this summer I will be working in corporate development of a mid-cap
24 May 2019
This site is pretty much the suicide hotline for those about to even question whether law school is for them, so here it goes... I'm a business/accounting undergrad with a solid GPA and gmat scores to get into even the best programs... though my undergrad school is a non-target, I have a Big 4 firm to back my accounting stint as a somewhat credible way to enter the workforce. I also will soon receive my CPA and recently passed the CFA level 1 this june (if any of that stuff matters). Point is: I think it's fairly realistic for me to get into a top 10 (at the very least, top 20) MBA program
03 Sep 2014
So i'm at a T14 law school (in b-school it's "magic 7"...we have "T14" which is Georgetown and above). I had work experience in consulting and finance before coming back to law school. Just finished 2L and am doing my summer at a top west coast firm which dominates silicon valley and has a solid presence in M&A and private equity. I'm in the M&A group, currently working on deals for 3 leading PE firms. I'm admitted to begin the MBA this year (joint degree), or i could just graduate with the JD and start at this firm. Also, i just took CFA level I in june..fingers crossed, but either way i could easily pass it in december if need be. So the timing works out that i could graduate in 2012 with a JD, MBA, and CFA. I'm really struggling with deciding what to do here.
27 Jun 2010
Hey guys, I'm looking for advice from those who are working at or who have worked at an Economics/Litigation Consulting firm. I wanted to ask what are the chances that someone such as myself would have a shot at landing a position in that type of firm. I am set to graduate from a lower Tier 1 NY area law school (top 25% class ranking) with a corporate law concentration. I went straight to law school after graduating from a non-target NY undergrad (3.75 GPA, 3.9 Economics Major GPA). I've taken a few harder quant courses but they were years ago now so I'd definitely have to brush up before interviewing. I was also thinking about enrolling in introductory courses for SAS and Strata as I hear these programming skills are highly used and sought after by econ/lit consulting firms. Even though I will surely not have mastered such skills, I would think that enrollment in such courses would reflect my desire to secure a position in econ/lit consulting. Would this be a waste of my time? What other things should I be doing in the interim to increase my chances of securing one of these positions? Any suggestions are much appreciated.
26 Apr 2010
Hi everyone. First year law student. Interested in non-legal work since I realized I wanted to be a part of deals rather than the paperwork for them. Turned down litigation biglaw Summer yesterday to focus on other things this Summer. Eventually looking for advice/telling people not to go to lawschool. Interested in RE/RX since they intersect my interests in the legal field.
11 Feb 2015
Hi there I'm about to start working as an analyst at a BB in London. I've been out school for 2 years working in London at a small online marketing firm. I had great extracurrics in Universty (top 20 US), including being on the board of an international NGO and varsity athletics. Throughout my undergraduate studies and my working life so far, I've been drawn to legal studies, especially the legal process of M&A/hostile bids/LBOs/etc. I think in the future (after a couple of years as an analyst) I'll be interested in a joint JD/MBA. Assuming my GMAT/LSAT scores were good, would my background be competitive (GPA 3.6)? Do I need more extracurriculars post-college? Working 90 hour weeks it may be difficult to fit anything else in. Has anyone else been in my position? Thanks!
28 Apr 2011
Hello everyone. I come seeking your guidance. I recently graduated from law school (yea, I know, this story may seem familar but your anticipated advice is greatly appreciated). Over the past year or so, I have become a bit disenchanted with the thought of practicing law and have looked more and more into reentering the financial world.
08 Oct 2010
Why is it that many of the most successful real estate legends have JD's? I'm thinking about guys like Thomas Barrack, Sam Zell, Mortimer Zuckerman, etc. Does it make sense to get a JD if you want to go into real estate? A career path like "UG>JD>Real Estate Law>Real Estate Development/Finance>Create own RE Company" seems to be very common for these behemoths. For those of you in the RE industry, have you found that many people have JD's? Is it worth getting vs. an MBA or MSRE?
14 Jul 2010
As my name states, I am a miserable JD. Top-ten law grad on a one-year deferral from big law, with the increasing likelihood of a prolonged job search floating on the horizon (i.e., Unnamed Firm to Miserable JD: Drop Dead). I'm looking to escape this ignominious fate; I want to change sectors. So does passing the CFA Level 1 give me a legitimate shot to get a financial analyst position (I want to avoid paying for a top 10 MBA)? A job with a small fund or bank would be sweet. And don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to waltz into Barclays or Goldman. Oh all-knowing masters of the universe, help
20 Jun 2010
First year law student looking to pursue non-legal opportunities. I'm straight through undergrad. I have good LS grades and a light econ/finance background. I figure RE/RX is the two closest options to the legal field that might appreciate a JD. The school I go to would be considered a semi-target for biglaw, and the undergrad is a semi-target for banks. What should I do the next eight months to try and set myself up for Summer 2016? I'm thinking about taking the GMAT this Summer.
11 Feb 2015
Dear all, Hi. I am new here. Thanks for having me. Forgive me if this sort of question is common around here: I am a junior M&A associate lawyer in a decent M&A practice in New York. T10 law school, engineering degree as an undergrad (i.e., good with spreadsheets), okay grades, 26 years old. Were I to attempt a transition into an IB as an associate in a M&A advisory practice: 1. Any headhunter recommendations so I can learn more about what I need to do to become a worthwhile candidate (I realize I am not a usual candidate) and find out what, if anything is available now and whether I'd be a better candidate if I do X for the next year or two (or when the economy picks up, etc.)?
04 Aug 2010
At firms like Accenture strategy, Deloitte S&O, Strategy&, LEK, AT Kearney, EY Parthenon, is advanced professional degree hiring actually a thing? Or is it something that is extremely rare?
23 Jun 2016
I want to be an institutional trader, but I went to law school. After law school, I can pursue three paths. The safest route would be to take the bar and look for work as an in-house attorney since I do not want to wok in a firm or litigate. Second, I could take an additional year and obtain a MBA. Finally, I could take an additional year to obtain a MFIN from Tulane. Ideally, my second or third plan would allow me to land an in-house position, an institutional trader position, or an investment banker position. What should I do? How attractive is a JD/MFIN? Thanks.
23 Jan 2011
First, I need to know about the usefulness of a JD outside of law. I realize that JD will not help in banking, but I'm wondering whether there are other applications for, at least, the knowledge obtained from acquiring a JD if not the credentials associated with the JD (i.e. Politics, Entrepreneurship, etc. - these are two paths that I've considered as an exit to banking - especially politics) Right now I'm only considering Harvard and Stanford for law school - my GPA is a bit sub-par when compared to the average admit (i.e. lower than the 20th percentile of the school - still a bit over 3.5+), but my LSAT is over the 99.8th percentile (175+ for my particular sitting)... I know there's this app floating around - but don't know how to get it - in which you input your GPA and LSAT and it will tell you to which schools you will likely get accepted/waitlisted/rejected. Any idea regarding what my output would be?
29 Sep 2008
Hi All, I'm currently working as an in house counsel for an investment management company in Boston. I like the job, love the industry. I figured I'd join to learn more about other aspects of the financial/securities industry and potentially think about where I could go next - continue as an attorney or to something different within the industry.
20 Feb 2015
1L JD here, working in corp dev for 2015 Summer. If I choose to continue to pursue non-legal opportunities, should I be shooting for analyst or for associate positions? (I'm unsure just because most mba targeted things I see require work experience). No gap between undergrad and law school and my grades are Biglaw competitive. Law school is at a semi-target undergrad where I have access to OCR.
29 Mar 2015
I came across this site a while ago and as someone in the legal/RE business field who is seriously considering moving completely into finance, this site looked like a great place to get some advice, first hands accounts, etc. My undergrad is in Business Management and I went to a top 5 law school but I never worked at a firm, I went in-house to a small RE company doing a mix of legal and business work. I have always been drawn to economics and finance and I am just trying to learn more about potential routes I could take and where I'd fit in best. Are JDs without finance experience general welcome in PE & HF? Would my skill set fit in better on the buy side? I appreciate any and all advice and input. Looking forward to hearing from you guys. Cheers!
02 Mar 2014
Hi all I'm currently a JD at a T25 law school. I have a 3.75 gpa and I'll be working this summer for the top law firm in a regional market (think an equivalent to Stifel/PJ) on mainly private equity/lower middle market acquisitions. I targeted this market because if I end up a lawyer I'd want to end up here. This past summer I worked for a Fortune 500 in Corp Dev out of my regional market. I'm posting because I'm interested in what I should be doing to get into finance recruiting. Long term I want to get back into the above regional market working for a middle market PE firm or the corp dev
20 Jan 2016
Hi All, I am 25 years old, I live in Toronto, I have a JD (graduated one year ago), have a B. Sc. (Hons.) in physics, and somewhat of a programming background. I am currently looking to add a bit more to my resume. I have a keen interest in finance and was looking to the CFA. However, after looking into it more, I was debating doing an MFin or MQF/MMF, instead of the CFA. I was wondering what would be better to complete? I do not know if an MFin would make me more competitive to eventually get into a managerial role of a company, or a directorship, which is want I want to do. However, with my background in physics, interest in programming, and interest in quants, I am unsure if an MQF/MMF would be better than the MFin.
16 Nov 2014
I'm a BBA in Finance and JD. Wish to move into a bank examiner role at the Office of Comptroller of the Currency. Problem is that I interviewed with them last Spring and got the ding. The interviewer practically suggested I was "overqualified". Too much prior experience working at a bank along with internship at SEC plus a JD. Most of the candidates I was up against had virtually no work experience and only Bachelor's degrees. Any suggestions to "convince" them that I can fit in?
05 Aug 2010
Return to Main FAQ Page This is highly dependant on the firm and industry. To be straightforward a JD will usually not set you up nearly as well as an MBA. If you're applying for a position with an investment bank or private equity firm, they may see you as overqualified and/or think that the work they have for you won't fulfill your intellectual interests. There are of course, some exceptions. A Juris Doctor from a top law school will position you well for a number of more specialized jobs in finance. A boutique investment bank focusing on restructuring or the restructuring group of a larger
03 Mar 2011
This is highly dependant on the firm and industry. To be straightforward a JD will usually not set you up nearly as well as an MBA. If you're applying for a position with an investment bank or private equity firm, they may see you as overqualified and/or think that the work they have for you won't fulfill your intellectual interests. There are of course, some exceptions. A Juris Doctor from a top law school will position you well for a number of more specialized jobs in finance. A boutique investment bank focusing on restructuring or the restructuring group of a larger firm may see you as an
10 Sep 2012