"If you ask my friends and family, no one is surprised that I ended up becoming a lawyer," says Mirco Haag, who in the spring of 2014 completed the JD portion of BU’s dual degree program in Law and Management. "I love to argue. I love to pick ideas apart and refine them into better, stronger iterations."
A native of Monterey, CA, Haag earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. "As a first generation American I have extensive family abroad. I have always identified with multiple cultures, so it seemed like a natural progression to study on a global scale," he says.
Haag spent his summers working for private banks in Switzerland, which proved an invaluable experience and demonstrated the intertwining nature of law, economics, and business. After graduating from Georgetown, he delved into the law, serving as a paralegal for close to two years. These experiences furthered his interest in law and business and led him to pursue a JD/MBA degree here at Boston University.
"Combining the two seemed like the perfect step for me, and BU has both a great law and great business school," he says. "BU also has outstanding faculty, and I have really come to appreciate how much I learned from them."
While at BU Law, he participated in moot court competitions and served as one of the 2013–2014 Edward C. Stone Moot Court directors. "I learned so much; it’s one of the highlights of my law school experience," he says. He also ran the Constitution in the Classroom program, which brings BU Law students and local high school students together to discuss how constitutional principles apply to every day life, and served as a peer law student advisor.
Inspired by his fiancée, who was accepted into medical school while he was in law school, Haag took several health law classes, and worked for the General Counsel’s office at Boston Children’s Hospital during the summer of 2013. This summer he is working as a summer associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.
“Law school is tough, but BU really gave me an excellent education and pushed me to become a better thinker and writer. I really enjoyed being able to take specialized classes in multiple fields, with excellent faculty. I’ve been pleased to discover that BU has provided me with a solid foundation that I’ve been able to rely on as my analysis, research, and writing skills have developed through my internship this summer.”
Haag is completing his final year of the MBA program and will earn that degree in the spring. Though an MBA would offer him a variety of options, he is planning to follow his passion for the law after completing his studies. “I’ve really enjoyed being part of a larger law practice; I find it very exciting,” he says. “I have heard of so many people who have had great experiences doing a clerkship, so that’s definitely an avenue I’d like to explore further.”
About his choice to pursue the challenge of a JD and a MBA, Haag notes that “different types of graduate education will train you to think in different ways, giving you distinct toolboxes you can use to approach problems. Being armed with diverse, but full-fledged, educations will allow me to access a total that is greater than the sum of its parts. I look forward to what the future brings.”
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Last edited August 7, 2014