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Best JD/MBA programs for working professionals? Namely in NC

Hi folks, Clearly a noob here. I have a BS Accounting and queencityregulator06/21/18
Baruch, NYU, now Binghamton U offers NYC MBA program during monroeroeroe06/21/18
WTF? Every business school offers such a program (prest dingbat06/22/18
Are you going to stay where you are but work in a legal capa trollfeeder06/21/18
Step one is understanding what your end goal is. Step two i tttpride2506/21/18
I currently work for one of the big banks in Charlotte and I queencityregulator06/26/18
Without knowing much of your current position, it's really h jd4hire06/26/18
Thanks for the input. I’m thinking I’m in a good positio queencityregulator06/27/18
I will tell you that privacy law offers a lot of opportunity hairypalms07/01/18
A part-time JD by itself takes 4 years. Doing both degrees rwhyan06/26/18
You could probably do this at Duke, UNC or Wake and get a de rainsofcastamere06/30/18
Attending Campbell would be a very bad mistake. Go to UNC/D hairypalms07/01/18
Stay away from Campbell, Elon, NCCU, and even Wake Forest. T cranky07/02/18
Wake, UNC, and Duke will offer you the best chance for gainf maybealawyer07/02/18
queencityregulator (Jun 21, 2018 - 4:50 pm)

Hi folks,

Clearly a noob here. I have a BS Accounting and a BS Finance from undergrad, and I work in banking regulation. As a NC resident, I’m wondering which schools offer the best combination of diploma prestige and work/life balance for someone who works (at least) normal business hours during the week. As a starting point, I’ve looked into Campbell, which seems to offer what I’m looking for. Does anyone have experience with the Campbell JD/MBA program while working full-time?

What other schools offer a JD/MBA designed for working professionals?

Hugs thanks to anyone with insight!

If there’s a similar thread discussing this topic, my apologies - please direct me to it.

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monroeroeroe (Jun 21, 2018 - 5:07 pm)

Baruch, NYU, now Binghamton U offers NYC MBA program during weekends.

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dingbat (Jun 22, 2018 - 10:24 pm)

WTF?

Every business school offers such a program (prestigious schools call it an executive MBA)
OP is in NC, not NY.

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trollfeeder (Jun 21, 2018 - 9:11 pm)

Are you going to stay where you are but work in a legal capacity after graduation? Is your job paying for it? I would not do a night dual degree program at a low ranked school unless the answer is yes. This programs dont make you more marketable. A big 5 or an investment bank will take a jd only student at a good school, long before someone with two unmarketable degrees.

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tttpride25 (Jun 21, 2018 - 9:56 pm)

Step one is understanding what your end goal is. Step two is taking steps to get there. It's impossible to know what steps you should take if you don't know where you want to go.

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queencityregulator (Jun 26, 2018 - 11:49 am)

I currently work for one of the big banks in Charlotte and I envision myself staying with the bank both during and after law school. I’d like to go into data privacy and I’m looking for a program that offers concentrations in that area.

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jd4hire (Jun 26, 2018 - 11:56 am)

Without knowing much of your current position, it's really hard to chime in. If they pay for it, then it's a really strong consideration (other factors would be, will my time ultimately be compensated, do I have kids, do I have an understanding significant other, can I really put in the work to do well in law school while maintaining my job and personal life?). If those come out as a yes and your bank will pay for it, then do it up.

My hesitation on saying anything is that my former landlord worked for a big bank in Charlotte. Right before I passed the bar he took a promotion and moved down to Charlotte. Based on outward appearances (which can be terribly misleading), he was doing quite well for himself.

Short of my point, I'd question whether you have a more lucrative path forward with your bank absent the JD (and all of the stress associated with it - class work, bar exam, getting licensed, etc). And if the JD does improve your situation, how much will it really do so.

My two cents.

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queencityregulator (Jun 27, 2018 - 10:09 am)

Thanks for the input. I’m thinking I’m in a good position now, certainly not complaining. There’s a lot of discussion surrounding artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other streamlining factors that will eliminate my job (along with tens of thousands of others) in the banking sector. So if nothing else, I’d like so stay relevant in the workplace and since I love data and that’s the path I’m currently on, I was thinking a JD/MBA focusing on data privacy would be very marketable in the decades to come.

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hairypalms (Jul 1, 2018 - 9:10 pm)

I will tell you that privacy law offers a lot of opportunity. Most big companies now have data privacy officers (usually lawyers) and there just aren't enough specialists to go around. Personally, I don't find privacy all that interesting; it's really a niche area, but there are certainly worse options.

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rwhyan (Jun 26, 2018 - 3:42 pm)

A part-time JD by itself takes 4 years. Doing both degrees part-time, if possible, would take close to 6 years or more. Even if you could do it, and even if it were free, would you really want to? Having just finished my JD part-time while working was an absolute grind. I couldn't imagine doing another 2 years. Additionally, you'd have to check your state to see how long you have to complete the program. The ABA requires that you complete the JD within 84 months, but states may differ. For example, I know NY requires that you complete the JD within 60 months to be able to sit for the bar exam.

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rainsofcastamere (Jun 30, 2018 - 10:52 pm)

You could probably do this at Duke, UNC or Wake and get a decent job thereafter. Wouldn’t bother with anywhere else unless you have a job lined up before entering. At Campbell you’d pay out your and have a strong chance of not being employed after it was done.

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hairypalms (Jul 1, 2018 - 10:56 am)

Attending Campbell would be a very bad mistake. Go to UNC/Duke/WF if you want to stay in NC and (hopefully) be employed. Do yourself a favor and cross Campbell Law off your list. Others on this board from NC can give you more information.

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cranky (Jul 2, 2018 - 11:38 am)

Stay away from Campbell, Elon, NCCU, and even Wake Forest. There used to be someone posting here as "soupcansham" and jdcumlaude was a Campbell law grad who had to become a teacher because he couldn't get an attorney position. Personally, I don't think having a joint JD/MBA is going to give you much of a leg up in the terrible job market.

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maybealawyer (Jul 2, 2018 - 12:15 pm)

Wake, UNC, and Duke will offer you the best chance for gainful employment in NC. Both Wake and Chapel Hill have strong reps in Charlotte, both on the JD and MBA side. I know Wake, USC, and some other schools have satellite campuses in Charlotte, so you may be able to get an MBA part time without having to stop work. That will not be the case if you add a JD.

However, in all my time practicing in NC I have never seen a role that needed both degrees. Everyone I have met/worked with that have JDs and MBAs are usually in a role that requires one or the other. I think you need to decide what track you want to pursue before applying. Want business side deals (capital markets, lending, sales, product development, etc), get your MBA. Want to paper those deals, get your JD.

Job market is pretty decent in NC right now, particularly with Charlotte big law. However, as the banks go so does Charlotte’s legal market, so if you start school now and go full time, you may come out in the middle or just after a recession, so the job market may look much different.

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