The MPP degree is an intersectional and practical course which aims to manage all three pillars of public policy – design, execution, and communication.
I wanted to add elements of decision orientation to my skills of process orientation and drive transactions instead of being driven by the process. So, I decided to get an MBA to round-out my skillset before moving over to investment banking.
While the LLM has its own strong set of advantages for a lawyer, an MBA presents me with a unique opportunity to learn something entirely alien to lawyers.
Remember that an LLM is not the only option out there! In depth research is necessary as every degree, every university and every course offers something different.
For instance, not every lawyer needs to do an LL.M. Some may choose to switch to economics or public policy, and Daksha Fellowship can help them navigate these choices better.
I was sure that I wanted to practice corporate law with a focus on securities law and what better than a school providing me an opportunity of a 2 year JD program, right across the river from the NYSE and the NASDAQ.
The MCL course is more strenuous than the LLM course at Cambridge, as we took six courses against four in LLM, and were examined thrice in an academic term. To be honest, this was extremely stressful at times.
Most candidates applying to MPP/MPA programs are so focused on the application process itself, that not enough attention is given to what happens once you graduate. And that’s when real life hits.
While each school and specific program has its own application process, this post will give you an overview and highlight the most common requirements of the application.
Postgraduate public policy degrees are gaining popularity in India, particularly amongst lawyers looking to work on broader national and international issues. Schools that offer Masters’ degrees in this field have been around for a few decades though – especially in the United States.
Amicus Partners is now being advised by Ketaki Purohit, who can help you craft a successful MPP/MPA application.
The MLF programme at the University of Oxford is a unique blend wherein the candidates are taught basics of finance while the law subjects focus on these basic concepts and explain how law and policy would attempt to address gaps.
"In short, it was one of the best summers of my life! I got to meet and learn with some amazing people from different parts of the world, and share stories over different cuisines and accents!"
The famous collegiality of the Fletcher 'mafia' is a different experience altogether, and one learns a lot from one's peers as well, especially because the range of perspectives, nationalities, professional backgrounds, and world-views is staggering.
I would characterise my experience at Fletcher more as a “horizon-expansion” as opposed to unlearning. During my time there, I purposely chose courses that are not offered in a typical law program.
Thirdly, you will not find that many lawyers applying to business school – so, there is a bit of work involved in explaining to admission committees what exactly you brought to the table as a lawyer and how those skills will help you thrive in the world of business, both in business school and beyond.