Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

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Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:42 pm

Hello everyone, I'm new to these forums so please treat me kindly :).

I'm a medical student enrolled at my state's medical school. My undergrad GPA was a 3.75 with majors in Biology and Psychology. LSAT is unknown (haven't taken yet), but my MCAT was a 34. I'm wondering what obstacles or challenges I might encounter if I choose to apply to law school next year. Will my medical school grades and MCAT score and all be a positive aspect to my application or just more stuff to explain away in a PS?

Thanks for your time!

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby whymeohgodno » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:43 pm

Stay in med school unless you get a 170+ on the LSAT.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby lawschooliseasy » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:43 pm

DoctorNo wrote:Hello everyone, I'm new to these forums so please treat me kindly :).

I'm a medical student enrolled at my state's medical school. My undergrad GPA was a 3.75 with majors in Biology and Psychology. LSAT is unknown (haven't taken yet), but my MCAT was a 34. I'm wondering what obstacles or challenges I might encounter if I choose to apply to law school next year. Will my medical school grades and MCAT score and all be a positive aspect to my application or just more stuff to explain away in a PS?

Thanks for your time!



Stay in med school. Profit.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby JazzOne » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:44 pm

Stay in med school.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby Jack Smirks » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Just stay in med school dude.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Well, money is not my primary concern. I guess I should have stated that at some point? I miss thinking, and I sincerely doubt there's any to be had in the next few years here. Hell, my nonscience GPA was a 3.97 and my science was a 3.6. I clearly liked one more than the other. Memorization of copious useless detail is not interesting in any way.
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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby The Gentleman » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:47 pm

DoctorNo wrote:Well, money is not my primary concern. I guess I should have stated that at some point? I miss thinking, and I sincerely doubt there's any to be had in the next few years here.


I'll trade my 171/4.0 for your med degree any day of the week.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:48 pm

The Gentleman wrote:
DoctorNo wrote:Well, money is not my primary concern. I guess I should have stated that at some point? I miss thinking, and I sincerely doubt there's any to be had in the next few years here.


I'll trade my 171/4.0 for your med degree any day of the week.


Why would you?

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:48 pm

Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby whymeohgodno » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:49 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.


Blatant anti Harvard trolling.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:51 pm

DoctorNo, the AMA restricts the supply of doctors. The ABA is a hoe which keeps stamping new TTTTTTTTT schools to throw people into the streets. There are around 23000 new doctors a year, which is below annual demand. There are 45000 new lawyers a year, which is triple (15000) the demand. Get it.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:51 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.


Not even if they miss writing or thinking rationally instead of the monotony of memorizing details?

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:52 pm

I am not anti-Harvard trolling. Check out the forums on the board by HLS students, plus its large size.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby gdane » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:53 pm

dissonance1848 wrote: Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.

Thats way too extreme.

Doctor No,

I get that you would prefer law school because you miss thinking and all that, but thats not all that law school is. Read through the site and find out exactly what you do as a law student. Its not that glamorous.

Stick with med school.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:53 pm

Trust me, a job and a good paycheck will allow you to drown your sorrows.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:53 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:DoctorNo, the AMA restricts the supply of doctors. The ABA is a hoe which keeps stamping new TTTTTTTTT schools to throw people into the streets. There are around 23000 new doctors a year, which is below annual demand. There are 45000 new lawyers a year, which is triple (15000) the demand. Get it.


Is it worth it to have a guaranteed job you don't enjoy rather than possibly not having a job you will enjoy? Pragmatically for most, I suppose it's the former. But I have plenty of family money, and am not particularly worried about that aspect.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby JazzOne » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:54 pm

DoctorNo wrote:
dissonance1848 wrote:Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.


Not even if they miss writing or thinking rationally instead of the monotony of memorizing details?

You've convinced me because there are no monotonous details to memorize in law school!

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby Marionberry » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:54 pm

There is the remote possibility that someone might want to be lawyer for some reason besides the money. Just sayin.

Also, OP, do you want to be a lawyer, or do you just not want to be a Doctor? If it's the latter, I would reconsider.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby kazu » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:54 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School, period. or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.


FTFY.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:55 pm

gdane5 wrote:
dissonance1848 wrote: Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.

Thats way too extreme.

Doctor No,

I get that you would prefer law school because you miss thinking and all that, but thats not all that law school is. Read through the site and find out exactly what you do as a law student. Its not that glamorous.

Stick with med school.


Could you lead me to some particular topics? My girlfriend is a 1L at a T14 school, and the things she's learning are so much more intriguing to my mind. But I definitely might not get the whole picture from her alone. Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:56 pm

JazzOne wrote:
DoctorNo wrote:
dissonance1848 wrote:Like everyone above said, stay in Med School. People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.

Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.


Not even if they miss writing or thinking rationally instead of the monotony of memorizing details?

You've convinced me because there are no monotonous details to memorize in law school!


I know that it's not the foundation of the program. Medical school is all memorization, all the time. Nothing else.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby gdane » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:58 pm

If you want to do it, do it.

You say money is not an issue? Then, give it a go.

If you dont like it once youre a student, you can find something else.

No sarcasm in my comment. Im serious. Go for it if you really dont want to be a med student.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby DoctorNo » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:58 pm

Marionberry wrote:There is the remote possibility that someone might want to be lawyer for some reason besides the money. Just sayin.

Also, OP, do you want to be a lawyer, or do you just not want to be a Doctor? If it's the latter, I would reconsider.


I feel like I should have mentioned that in my original post, for sure...

Well, I'm not sure I would want to be a lawyer, but the diversity of options available to a law degree holder are certainly more intriguing to me than those available to an MD. Especially if I want little to nothing to do with science anymore.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby RVP11 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:00 pm

DoctorNo wrote:
gdane5 wrote:
dissonance1848 wrote: Unless you get into either Yale or Stanford, you are better off being a doctor.

Thats way too extreme.

Doctor No,

I get that you would prefer law school because you miss thinking and all that, but thats not all that law school is. Read through the site and find out exactly what you do as a law student. Its not that glamorous.

Stick with med school.


Could you lead me to some particular topics? My girlfriend is a 1L at a T14 school, and the things she's learning are so much more intriguing to my mind. But I definitely might not get the whole picture from her alone. Thanks for the advice.


1L = common sense, common law subjects
2L/3L/actual legal practice = boring, seemingly arbitrary, detailed rules

A lot of the fun dies.

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Re: Medical Student here looking to jump ship...

Postby The Gentleman » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:00 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:People basically go to law school if:

1) They have useless UG degrees, or
2) Couldn't get into a reasonable Med School or Business School.


Put me down for #1.




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