Dal­housie Univer­sity Rowe School of Busi­ness

How Michael Coady de­vel­oped a deeper un­der­stand­ing of cor­po­rate is­sues

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Even be­fore en­rolling in the JD/MBA Pro­gram at Dal­housie Univer­sity, Michael Coady was an ac­knowl­edged com­mu­nity leader. The Magna Cumme Laude grad of Saint Mary’s Univer­sity had al­ways played a key role in his com­mu­nity by vol­un­teer­ing with the Strong­est Fam­i­lies In­sti­tute, In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Nova Sco­tia, Easter Seals Inc. and the Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion So­ci­ety.

But as he sat on the board of non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, Coady wished that he had a stronger un­der­stand­ing of fi­nan­cial state­ments, and of oper­at­ing a busi­ness in gen­eral. Coady was just be­gin­ning to re­al­ize his in­ter­est in cor­po­rate law when he re­ceived an email ex­plain­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of com­plet­ing the MBA pro­gram at Dal­housie, as part of a joint de­gree with law. This was Coady’s op­por­tu­nity to blend law and busi­ness to­gether, and to strengthen Coady’s un­der­stand­ing of the cor­po­rate world.

At Dal­housie, they of­fer a com­bined JD/MBA which takes four years. Many stu­dents are drawn to com­plete a JD/ MBA pro­gram to pre­pare for ca­reers in cor­po­rate law, se­cu­ri­ties law, in­vest­ment bank­ing and merg­ers/ac­qui­si­tions. Many pur­sue cor­po­rate coun­sel roles on the client side, man­ag­ing reg­u­la­tory is­sues, govern­ment re­la­tions, com­pli­ance or en­ter­prise risk man­age­ment.

The value of a JD/MBA is the multi-dis-

ciplinary per­spec­tive it gives young pro­fes­sion­als, to be able to look at a prob­lem from both a le­gal and busi­ness lens.

Com­bin­ing his JD with an MBA al­lowed Coady to dive deep into top­ics such as tax­a­tion, fi­nan­cial state­ment anal­y­sis, ad­min­is­tra­tive law and cor­po­rate law. This gave Coady strong busi­ness acu­men, but it also helped to build on al­ready strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion and an­a­lyt­i­cal skills.

Coady joined KPMG Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants in Hal­i­fax for his eight-month cor­po­rate res­i­dency work ex­pe­ri­ence. Dur­ing his time as a risk con­sul­tant with KPMG, Coady worked with a team of pro­fes­sion­als who pro­vided ser­vices to a va­ri­ety of large clients. He worked with ex­cel­lent col­leagues, and ul­ti­mately learned about “big firm” life.

“My big­gest chal­lenge was balanc­ing the vol­ume of work re­quired in law with the fre­quent de­liv­er­ables re­quired in the MBA pro­gram,” says Coady. The great­est re­ward that Coady ex­pe­ri­enced from the pro­gram came from his in­creased un­der­stand­ing and com­fort with busi­ness and strate­gic is­sues—which had been his goal from the start.

When start­ing the pro­gram, Coady hoped to end up work­ing at an At­lantic law firm af­ter grad­u­a­tion and has since se­cured a job with Ste­wart McKelvey.

“Com­plet­ing my MBA pro­vided me with ex­pe­ri­ence that helped to dif­fer­en­ti­ate me from some of my com­pe­ti­tion, and Ste­wart McKelvey hired me to ar­ti­cle with them af­ter grad­u­a­tion,” says Coady.

Between his MBA cour­ses and the lived ex­pe­ri­ence with his res­i­dency, the two had pro­vided him with the con­text for many le­gal is­sues fac­ing busi­nesses, and will con­tinue to aid him in the fu­ture in pro­vid­ing the best ser­vice to his clients.

His piece of ad­vice for any­one con­sid­er­ing the MBA pro­gram is to pick their cor­po­rate res­i­dency care­fully. It is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in an area of in­ter­est and can be a key step to land­ing your dream job.

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