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EntJDforMBA Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:52 pm

I was a mathematics honors student and quite active in mathematics extracurriculars competitions throughout high school and college, so I know my quant score was more reflective of my being rusty on material I hadn't looked at in 10 years, than it was about me not being able to understand or use the skills. I was subsequently accepted to a number of law schools, and so it was an easy decision to start my JD first and come back to Anderson again after that. I chose the Law School I felt was the right fit for me and within weeks of my Anderson rejection, had begun as a law student in an accelerated advanced program created for ambitious students that compacts 3 year of law school into only 2 years. The program literally only gives its students 2 weeks off a year and has us doing a volume of work that most lawyers who graduated from traditional 3 year programs tell us they can't imagine taking on.

I have excelled in law school: top 15-20% of my class (exact rankings have not been announced yet, but I know I'm right on the border between top 15% and top 20%). In addition to a solid law school GPA, I've achieved the following in law school as well: secured placement in highly competitive invite-only honors classes, have been made a Dean's Fellow, received multiple academic accolades, am very active in and hold Board positions in several campus organizations while also participating in school sponsored volunteer legal community outreach (thus hopefully resolving that particular ding from my last Anderson app). In addition, I have secured a new recommendation letter that I believe will hold more weight than my previous LOR's, and have done an extensive amount of research about what aspects of my original essays could have been improved and feel that my new essay is much more in line with what is needed to stand out. I also come at this with a much more defined career goal plan than I had prior to law school. It's not that I've changed direction, but that I now have a much more concrete understanding through my law school education of what the combination of the JD and the Anderson MBA will do for me, and how I plan to leverage both in the immediate years after graduation, which, by extension, more clearly defines my path towards my long term career goals.

So, after all that background, on to my questions: I'm determined to go directly from law school to my MBA program as I am co-owner of a company that needs me back in full swing with all that I will have learned from both programs. I'm also the co-founder of an up and coming charitable foundation that also needs me back with my JD and MBA. So I know how vital it is to knock the GMAT out of the park and not let that be a reason for Anderson to say no a second time. I'm feeling confident about my upcoming GMAT (which I will take just prior to the app Round 1 deadline), but with the intensive 2 year law school curriculum coupled with my extracurricular org resonsibilities (which, of course, was the other key component to future Anderson admission) I can't say that I have had an abundance of time since my Anderson rejection to work on my quant skills in the way that I would have liked to assure that my original 650 would end up somewhere above 720 or higher. I am now coming at my next GMAT as an honors law student who has developed the test taking skills of a grad student used to the pressures of timed testing (as opposed to last time when I hadn't take a test of any kind in ten years), but I know that if there's anything that you hear consistently, that a high GMAT score requires time and preparation; something my time intensive current curriculum will not have the luxury of allowing until I begin my law school externship in Spring of 2018 (too late, obviously to take the GMAT for Round 1 or Round 2), so I need to submit with whatever score I get after this month.

Thank you SO much for your help and feedback! Anderson is not just my top MBA choice, it's the only school that offers the scope of what I need for my career to match what I've gotten in my JD program. Not that it should matter, but since I've seen the question raised in other boards, for reference, I am a Caucasian male LGBT student.

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