The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use our anonymous form, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.


Dear Career Doctor:

I am a thirty-two year old student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I am interested in going to law school and want to pursue a joint JD/MBA degree. However, I will be thirty three years old when I start and thirty-seven when I finish. Do you think that is too old to began a career in law -- specifically, in the field of mergers and acquisitions?

Torianto S.

Dear Torianto:

I consulted two lawyers in the field and both said the same thing: Thirty-seven is not too old to begin a legal career. But if you want to get into the highly competitive area of mergers and acquisitions, be sure you go to a top tier law school. Then get top grades so you will be of interest to one of the firms that has significant M&A business. Neither lawyer I spoke to thought that a law firm would think the extra MBA degree made much of a difference. However, the following are needed: good problem solving skills, the ability to speak and write well in English, and the willingness to work very long hours.

It seems that many people who get the joint JD/MBA degree want to go into the business side of M&A at investment banks -- where the hours seem to be as grueling as they are in law firms.

As usual, the key is to ask the placement center at any school you are thinking of going to about the kinds of jobs their graduates get. It is perfectly reasonable to find out how many of their students find the kind of work in the kinds of firms that interest you.

The Career Doctor

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The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.