Would law degree enhance HR masters degree?
September 26, 2011 1:27 PM Subscribe
I am currently a mid-level associate at a prominent New York law firm specializing in benefits and compensation. I am not cut out for working at a big law firm long term and there have not been many alternate opportunities lately that would be satisfying to me (i.e. working at a pension fund, compensation consultant, in-house positions). I enjoy many aspects of my field, but not the law firm lifestyle. I am considering going back to school to get a degree in human resources and am wondering if my JD and background in benefits and compensation law would help me secure a human resources job.
posted by Falconetti to work & money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am contemplating going back to school to get a two-year masters degree (likely from NYU) in human resources. However, I am 31 years old and would only go back to school if I felt that an MA in HR would be enhanced by a JD and my specific background in compensation and benefits and that I could be reasonably certain to find a job. Salary is not a big concern for me, I would much rather make significantly less money but have a much better quality of life.
What I primarily dislike about my current job/career path:
1. Unpredictable hours
2. Long hours
3. Transactional work (as opposed to negotiating employment agreements/reviewing ERISA pension and welfare plans/designing incentive plans, etc.)
For those who have experience in the field, what do you think? Is getting the HR masters of any worth when combined with my JD? Would I have decent job prospects?