resilience99 wrote:anyone out there working in healthcare compliance without a jd?
I know several people who work in compliance (not healthcare specifically, but similar field). Having a JD isn't a bonus. You're not representing clients. The company can pay people to interpret laws, research, set standards and procedures. It actually can be more difficult to get an entry level position in these kinds of jobs with a jd because they're worried (right or wrong) that the JD will jump ship when those actual attorney jobs suddenly materialize. Depending on what, specifically, you're doing compliance-wise, a JD may be required for say manager and above positions, but it seriously just depends on exactly what your job duties are.
Also - you are being crazy. If you just graduated, work the 30-40k job. Figure out if you like what you do. It is somewhat similar to attorney work and law school will always be there. If you HATE your job, you've earned some salary and saved yourself the law school debt. I don't know why you are acting like this is an either-or choice when it may be a do one now, do the other later type thing.