Seeking advice for fashion postgraduate Hi, all! This is my first posting here on TFS... I'm happy to be here after encountering several postings on the forum through Google searches in the past. I'm currently looking to pick up some advice regarding my current situation, in which I'm not quite sure of "what to do next", with a reasonably clear "end result" in mind. So, here's a brief summary... - 22 years old, from and living in Toronto, Canada (though have also lived in Italy and the UK) - I hold a BA (Hons) in International Fashion Practice from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK - this was a one-year extension to a two-year diploma program I'd done at George Brown College in Toronto (so, two years of college, one year of university, the result being a BA degree) - My career interest is to become an intellectual property litigator for fashion related matters (specifically patents and trademarks). - While the logical next step is "go to law school", I still want to pursue postgraduate for a few reasons - those being... -- To strengthen my overall qualification with a master's or doctorate degree of some kind -- To undertake a couple of projects of fashion-related research that I'm keen on pursuing -- To become more versatile, in the case that I change my path from law, at a later time -- To "buy time", as I've still not decided where I want to live and practice law... it's definitely not Ontario, but I want to make sure that when I do go to law school, it will be in the right place So, originally, I was looking at research-based master's programs, on my professor's recommendation. According to her, my research on the assignments I'd handed in for her course, was the best in my class, and was of the calibre that is suited to postgraduate study. My concern with this type of course, however, is that I feel like it won't carry the same strength as a credential from a taught course, such as an MBA. That got me to thinking that the year or so it would take me to earn a master's could be more wisely used to get an "employer friendly" credential, then possibly used as entry to a PhD program, where I can undertake the more intensive research, and then go to law school afterward. I've realized that I have to be a bit more open minded when going after a master's degree, as there is very little (if anything) in the way of fashion specifically. The most suitable concentration I've found so far is luxury brands. I'm aware that it's currently a bit late to be applying for programs for September, but I've been assured by every school that there is no "fixed deadline", though as early an application as possible is advisable. So, here are the results of my research - these are the only three programs I'm looking at right now... MBA in Luxury Brand Marketing at Glasgow-Caledonian University (London Campus) http://www.gcu.ac.uk/mba/thegcumba/mbaluxurybrandmarketing/ MBA in Luxury Brand Management at Accademia del Lusso (Milan, with parts of the program in Paris) http://www.accademiadellusso.com/en...er/mba_milan-paris_luxury_brandmanagement.asp MSc in Luxury Management at International University of Monaco (Monaco) https://master.monaco.edu/programs/master-science/masters-luxury-management.cfm Where I'm at right now is that I want to put in an application at all three schools, see what comes of it, and go from there. Failing that, I may end up just working for a year or two, especially as that will open up more MBA opportunities for me (especially as MBA programs tend to require work experience - I've checked with the programs I've listed, and I qualify for all of them). So, here's what advice I'd be seeking from the TFS community... - Given my current situation (recent BA graduate with a desire to take on further education), what do you think that my best course of action, given my end-goal (of being an intellectual property litigator) in mind? Note that the options I've listed for universities are only a guide, and what I perceive as being the best options based off of my knowledge. Consider there to be no limit to what you can suggest - I'd like to hear any opinions. - Out of the options I've listed, do you have any knowledge or opinions you'd like to share? For example, if you've attended any of the schools, know someone who has, or have heard certain things about it, I'd love to hear what you have to say. Likewise, if you've had a look at any of the programs in the links I've provided, and you have an opinion based on what you've seen, I'd like to hear it as well. - If you know of another school or program that would be a good fit, in your opinion, I'd love to hear any suggestions that you may have. I'd be interested in pretty well any fashion related discipline (including textiles), or possibly even consumer behaviours (that is the partial concentration for the major research project I want to go after). The only parameter is that I can't attend a US grad school, as writing the GRE/GMAT is out of the question. Any general commentary would be welcome, too. I have an idea of what I want to do, and less of an idea of how to do it, if that makes any sense. Also, if this posting violates any of the TFS policies (I've tried to familiarize myself with them as best as I can), please let me know, and I'll be sure to take action to comply straight away. Many thanks in advance, and I can provide further supplementary information as needed!