JD/MBA student expands perspective and experience with dual degree

There was little doubt Grant Kitcoff, MBA’19, would attend Indiana University. Or that he would pursue law.

His grandparents and parents met at IU, and it was always Grant’s goal to attend law school after seeing his grandfather’s work as an attorney representing Indianapolis newspapers, drafting legislation for open record laws and government transparency. Grant was inspired by the legal profession within his family. But he realized he needed to take a slightly different path.

“After the first semester of law school, I realized law practice wasn’t for me,” he said. “I enjoyed learning about it, but after completing several informational interviews with attorneys, I didn’t see myself enjoying the actual practice of law.”

Grant always knew he wanted to earn an MBA, so he was happy to discover he could earn a dual JD/MBA degree through the Kelley Evening MBA Program and the IU McKinney School of Law. It appealed to his interest in business and his desire to finish 20 years of non-stop schooling.

“The dual degree program was too good an opportunity to pass up. I could take fewer credit hours and pay less over time than earning each degree separately, while only adding one year to my law studies,” he said. “Plus, law and business are two sides of the same coin: Business drives a lot of law, and law shapes a lot of business. Understanding both fields seemed useful.”

Grant moved quickly. During his second semester of law school, he attended a Kelley Evening MBA information session in January and took his GMAT a week after his first-year spring finals. Earning two rigorous graduate degrees at the same time over the next two years would prove challenging, but Grant knew it would be worth the effort to gain the differentiation of an attorney MBA.

 Not only does it signal to an employer that I have an understanding of business, earning my MBA alongside my JD also gives me confidence.  

Grant Kitcoff, MBA'19