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Is a law degree is useful for your consulting work ? Considering the cost-benefits of it.

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I'd say only get a law degree if you want to practice law. Seriously. Cost-benefit is not worth it for anything else unless you place a high premium on being trained to think logically and like a lawyer. I often use our OGC

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If you're in the regulatory/compliance space then yes. Otherwise no. I talked to a whole bunch of people at Pwc about this, both with JDs, MBAs, and those who rose without a second degree. Top tier law is the only way to go and it's a lot of money for a marginally small return

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No. The benefit is if you want to be a lawyer, you get to be a lawyer. And who knows, you may excel and become a world renowned lawyer. But looking at the average case, there is no financial benefit in a law degree

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Don't go to law school for consulting. Only go if you are looking to switch careers. That said, if you get in somewhere good and have consulting background, you are in a great position for finding a great attorney position after law school. I definitely use my law degree for my work and wouldn't have gotten this job without it, but if I knew what my career trajectory would have looked like, I wouldn't have gotten that degree just to end up here. Still hoping this is just a stepping stone to somewhere better, and constantly applying to more traditional JD roles.

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To elaborate, here are all the requirements for it to be worth it: 1) you actually want to practice law; 2) you get into a top 5, preferably top 3 law school; 3) after you graduate, you get to practice in the type of law you are interested in.

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@PwC 2: I think you're me.

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No. It's not at all.

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Totally depends on what you do. I work in privacy which is federally regulated so it's almost a requirement if you want to excel. Regular international travel on the firms dime to assess the privacy programs of some of the largest corporations in the world isn't a bad perk

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I also do privacy and yes you need a JD. But don't expect to be paid accordingly. I'm sure as fuck not. So, no. It's not worth getting a JD to go into privacy consulting. Better to get a JD and go into privacy compliance or privacy group of law firm.

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Thank you everyone. It is useful to read your thoughts

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Ditto. Top 14 or nothing at all. The research backs up the same recommendation.

Honestly top 15% of your class at a top 50 law school and you'll be fine. @Pwc-3 - any chance you're also an EA who somehow doesn't qualify for JD/MBA cohort?

Building of c1- 4. It does not financially ruin you

Pwc4 which group??

Have a buddy that got a JD from top 10 school, worked at BCG for 5 yrs, left for industry to work in business dev for a well-funded startup and is making killer $, all without the consulting bolshit. I'd say if you want to actually practice law then consulting isn't the right fit.

Agreed. Think why you are attracted to the law degree. Prestige? Change? Find it what it means to be a lawyer and to get a job in big law (without going to a top 14) and then think again.

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