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Does an MBA provide commercial training for lawyers?

As the need for lawyers to develop their business skills grows, Dr Sara Ward asks whether further education is a solution

17 May 2016

Through sweat and study, tears and triumph, you became a lawyer after years of unwavering efforts. It was a fair old slog, but it is now all in the past. The days of the lecture theatre are long behind you, and you are now an experienced legal professional.

Sure, there is ongoing updating to your area of specialism and new initiatives as you move through the upper echelons of the industry, but for all intents and purposes, your studying days are over.

Or are they?

What if you could add new strings to your professional bow from outside the legal industry, complementing sector knowledge with broader business skills? What would entice legal professionals to commit time and energy to study something that, on the face of it, was not directly relevant to life as a successful lawyer? In short, would it be worth it for lawyers to consider doing a master of business administration (MBA)?

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