For many smart and ambitious young people, there is a big educational choice: business school or law school. Paul Ollinger makes a hilarious case for the MBA over the law degree. Even if you ultimately choose law over business, you’re bound to enjoy this tongue-in-cheek comparison by Paul.
Among his many points in favor of the MBA? “Business school is 33% shorter than law school, which means 33% fewer classes, 33% less tuition, 33% fewer years of foregone income. There’s no Bar Exam or Continuing Legal Education (CLE). When you graduate from business school, you are an MBA and you are free to ‘practice business.’ Chump law school grads still have to pass the Bar Exam to practice law. Suckas.
“B-school guys are less douchy than law school guys. If you are in the market for a fella, then you’ll do great at b-school, which is a hot dog fest for smart, motivated dudes. It’s not as male-heavy as it used to be, but it’s still like shooting sausage in a barrel.”
When we launched our directory for MBA admissions consultants, we were lucky to have Fortuna Admissions as our launch partner. So we asked two Fortuna directors, Judith Silverman Hodara and Caroline Diarte Edwards to come to our studio and film a series of videos offering advice to MBA applicants. For years, Hodara evaluated applicants to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was acting director at on point, while Edwards assessed MBA candidates to INSEAD as director of admissions.
Together, they have reviewed thousands of MBA applications. In our interview, we discuss the most common mistakes made by candidates who apply to elite business schools.
10) Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds: Ms. Brand Manager
Every few months or so, I fly to Boston and meet up with Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com, a leading MBA admissions firm. We drive together to a nearby video studio and tape these segments for our highly popular Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds series on the site.
There are hundreds of MBA admission consultants. But there is only one Sandy Kreisberg, who reads the tea leaves of admissions at Harvard Business School like no one in the world, other than the director of admissions at HBS. What’s so refreshing about Sandy is his witty, tell-it-like-it-is style of evaluating MBA candidates. Most important, he’s know his stuff, having helped to guide thousands of applicants over the years.
In this video, we evaluate the chances of a young female professional who works as a brand manager for a major consumer package goods company. Andy and I get into a fascinating digression of sorts on what makes for a great recommendation letter in an MBA application. Sandy speaks about the need for an “inflated reference” to help an applicant stand out of the pile.