MBA or specialized master?


fnsbarb
I'm in a quite peculiar situation I hoped someone could advise me, since I've been overthinking it. I'm a bit different from the average public here, but my goal is also to settle abroad, at least for a while.

I am a 30 year-old Latin American lawyer with 4 years of experience. I speak English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and some German. Because of that, I'm interested in western or southern Europe and Canada.

I'd like to focus on international trade subjects (import/export management, customs issues, international taxation), but, given it is an interdisciplinary field, I am a bit clueless on which masters to take for that: if an MBA to gain managerial skills, a master in taxation or if a LLM would be useful for such as a foreign lawyer. I found only a few specialized master degrees on these subjects, but they were part-time. I've googled so much already it only got me more confused.

Considering all that information, any advice on what should I narrow my searches to? Should I take an MBA indeed?


Thank you in advance!

[Edited by fnsbarb on Sep 03, 2018]

I'm in a quite peculiar situation I hoped someone could advise me, since I've been overthinking it. I'm a bit different from the average public here, but my goal is also to settle abroad, at least for a while.

I am a 30 year-old Latin American lawyer with 4 years of experience. I speak English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and some German. Because of that, I'm interested in western or southern Europe and Canada.

I'd like to focus on international trade subjects (import/export management, customs issues, international taxation), but, given it is an interdisciplinary field, I am a bit clueless on which masters to take for that: if an MBA to gain managerial skills, a master in taxation or if a LLM would be useful for such as a foreign lawyer. I found only a few specialized master degrees on these subjects, but they were part-time. I've googled so much already it only got me more confused.

Considering all that information, any advice on what should I narrow my searches to? Should I take an MBA indeed?


Thank you in advance!
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Duncan
In the footer is a link to LLM Guide, a sister site. Maybe ask there? My feeling is that national barriers in law are high and mobility is limited for people who don't qualify as lawyers. The IE-Northwestern LLM comes to mind, since it allows you to study for a semester at Prizker, and take electives of course choice.

However the safer option will be a Canadian MBA with a wide elective range, since that have great mobility.
In the footer is a link to LLM Guide, a sister site. Maybe ask there? My feeling is that national barriers in law are high and mobility is limited for people who don't qualify as lawyers. The IE-Northwestern LLM comes to mind, since it allows you to study for a semester at Prizker, and take electives of course choice.

However the safer option will be a Canadian MBA with a wide elective range, since that have great mobility.
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fnsbarb
Thank you for answering, Duncan.

Yes, in my experience barriers in law are really high. I thought of asking at the LLM Guide indeed, but since I'm not looking for typical lawyer positions in law offices, I thought maybe I should give it a try here.

However, I do agree the law degree factor limitates my possibilities. That's why I'm a bit resistant to taking a LLM. Thanks for the tip about the Canadian MBA.
Thank you for answering, Duncan.

Yes, in my experience barriers in law are really high. I thought of asking at the LLM Guide indeed, but since I'm not looking for typical lawyer positions in law offices, I thought maybe I should give it a try here.

However, I do agree the law degree factor limitates my possibilities. That's why I'm a bit resistant to taking a LLM. Thanks for the tip about the Canadian MBA.
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Duncan
That makes sense. Take an MBA for opportunities outside law. in Spain, consider only IESE. In Canada, Rotman and Schulich are strong options.
That makes sense. Take an MBA for opportunities outside law. in Spain, consider only IESE. In Canada, Rotman and Schulich are strong options.
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fnsbarb
Thank you for the suggestions.
Any advice on UK options? Or is it not worth to try it as a non-EU?
Thank you for the suggestions.
Any advice on UK options? Or is it not worth to try it as a non-EU?
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Duncan
See the post linked on my profile page about international students placement. The UK is a better option for many, especially if you can get to LBS.
See the post linked on my profile page about international students placement. The UK is a better option for many, especially if you can get to LBS.
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Razors Edg...
With your command of those various languages, strong schools in mainland Europe - Insead, HEC Paris, IE Business School... all could be possibilities.

I'd suggest thinking strongly about what your career goals are - especially, where you see yourself - and then choose the schools based on that. For instance if you wanted to work in London or the UK more broadly, an MBA from LBS can't be beat. But if your goals are to return to Latin America after you graduate, your choice would probably be different.
With your command of those various languages, strong schools in mainland Europe - Insead, HEC Paris, IE Business School... all could be possibilities.

I'd suggest thinking strongly about what your career goals are - especially, where you see yourself - and then choose the schools based on that. For instance if you wanted to work in London or the UK more broadly, an MBA from LBS can't be beat. But if your goals are to return to Latin America after you graduate, your choice would probably be different.
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fnsbarb
Thank you both for replying, I only saw it now. I'll consider your advices when selecting the programmes then.
Thank you both for replying, I only saw it now. I'll consider your advices when selecting the programmes then.
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