I just graduated from UCLA and am taking the LSAT soon (February). I am applying to top law programs including Yale, and am trying to do whatever it takes to get in. I hope to pursue corporate law, and eventually want to pursue real estate.
My marks are good: I'm summa cum laude, honors college, 3.97 GPA, some internship experience, and have optimal leadership experience. I also graduated from college in two years. Currently, I'm studying in an American Yeshiva in Jerusalem (essentially, a Jewish learning fellowship).
Would a masters in finance greatly increase my chances at getting into top law programs? I am applying to a few schools in Israel as well as Oxford's MSc in Law and Finance and another finance program at Cambridge. I'm hoping that finance will give me a leg up in law school admissions, and while applying to business law firms. Also independent finance experience will help me in real estate development. Besides wasting a year, my biggest concern is the $45,000 tuition at many of these schools. That's by far the largest obstacle for me. I'm low income. So I'm deciding if, from a financial angle, if this would be worth it? If I worked instead, I would be entering law school with money, rather than in at least $45,000 in debt.
Do you guys think that a masters program would be substantially better than another year doing something else (another year of yeshiva, interning for a politician, working as a consultant, etc.)? By the way, I applied to many different financial internship programs at BCG, Baine, JPMorgan, etc.. so I do plan on having at least some sort of finance experience.
Thank you so much for the help.