I received my BA from a school ranked 1-2. Got my JD in 2003 from a school always ranked between 7 and 9. Though I interned both summers, I felt law wasn’t for me at that point. Once I decided that, my GPA went down the tubes. I ended up with a 2.9 (at a school where 3.3 is the mean).
After graduation, I worked for a few years at some internet startups that failed. Ended up going to a top 10 b-school with the intent of becoming a banker. My summer employer collapsed, and I was left scrambling. I graduated with my MBA in Finance in May 2008 (with a 3.5 GPA, which is considered good at my school), and I’ve been job hunting for any finance position, but no luck.
Thought of getting back into law via a tax or bankruptcy LLM. Is it even possible? If I were to do well in the program, would I at least get interviews from Am Law 100 firms?
The LLM program director told me it’s hard to say. He said it would have been an easier sell if I had entered the LLM program immediately after receiving the MBA. Now law firms may think that I tried to get a finance job for the past year and am looking at law as a fall back (which is the truth). He did say that it also depends on my network and how many friends I have at law firms. Any constructive advice would be appreciated. Obviously, if law is not realistic at this point, I have no desire to blow $50K and a year. Thanks.
Why not try medical school? Or perhaps an MFA in Screenwriting?
Now I’ll be serious. You need another degree like Octomom needs another kid. Okay, now I’ll really be serious: You’ve got so much damn pedigree you’re almost unemployable. What you need is some passion. Some focus. Stop guessing what prospective employers are looking for and start figuring out what the hell you want to do with your life.
With respect to your specific question, I think it’s absolutely silly for someone like you to pursue an LL.M. You don’t even want to be a lawyer, for God’s sake. So why would you invest more time and money in a career you already know you don’t like.
My honest advice: Take some of that LL.M. money and find a good therapist. You’re obviously book smart, now it’s time to get life smart. In other words, stop chasing degrees and start chasing your dreams.