Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby 09042014 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:52 pm

haus wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Choosing law over pharmacy isn't crazy. Choosing law over pharmacy after you spent 6 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars becoming a pharmacist is.


Add in 5 - 15 years of experience in the field as a pharmacist, and I suspect that they would be in a better position to pursue legal action for/against companies in the pharmaceutical industry then the vast majority of lawyers. But I am sure that there in no money in that....


This is why there are expert witnesses and consultants.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby LoyalRebel » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:49 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
haus wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Choosing law over pharmacy isn't crazy. Choosing law over pharmacy after you spent 6 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars becoming a pharmacist is.


Add in 5 - 15 years of experience in the field as a pharmacist, and I suspect that they would be in a better position to pursue legal action for/against companies in the pharmaceutical industry then the vast majority of lawyers. But I am sure that there in no money in that....


This is why there are expert witnesses and consultants.


Yes, it's best to completely disregard experience that doesn't relate to law 100% as it can be covered by expert witnesses and consultants.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby 09042014 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:04 pm

LoyalRebel wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
haus wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Choosing law over pharmacy isn't crazy. Choosing law over pharmacy after you spent 6 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars becoming a pharmacist is.


Add in 5 - 15 years of experience in the field as a pharmacist, and I suspect that they would be in a better position to pursue legal action for/against companies in the pharmaceutical industry then the vast majority of lawyers. But I am sure that there in no money in that....


This is why there are expert witnesses and consultants.


Yes, it's best to completely disregard experience that doesn't relate to law 100% as it can be covered by expert witnesses and consultants.


It's not a good enough reason to justify going to pharm school then law school. The vast majority of lawyers suing pharm companies aren't pharmacists.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby romothesavior » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:39 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Choosing law over pharmacy isn't crazy. Choosing law over pharmacy after you spent 6 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars becoming a pharmacist is.

+1. Taking on more debt to be come a lawyer after you've already dished out tons of money and time to become a pharmacist is very questionable. I guess if you hate pharmacy and you can go somewhere real cheap, maybe it would be worth it to shift gears. But doing it for financial reasons or to have a "leg up" in the legal industry would just be downright stupid.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby haus » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:58 pm

LoyalRebel wrote:Yes, it's best to completely disregard experience that doesn't relate to law 100% as it can be covered by expert witnesses and consultants.


I have seen many a lawyer fail dramatically because they have failed to grasp key elements of the field they are attempting to practice in. This is the primary reason that I am considering law school, as there appear to be few lawyers equipped to perform well in matters related to my field. With a little luck those around me will feel as you do, as this would simply make matters easier for me.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby LoyalRebel » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:09 pm

haus wrote:
LoyalRebel wrote:Yes, it's best to completely disregard experience that doesn't relate to law 100% as it can be covered by expert witnesses and consultants.


I have seen many a lawyer fail dramatically because they have failed to grasp key elements of the field they are attempting to practice in. This is the primary reason that I am considering law school, as there appear to be few lawyers equipped to perform well in matters related to my field. With a little luck those around me will feel as you do, as this would simply make matters easier for me.


It seems the sarcasm got lost in translation.

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Re: Pharmacy to law without a bachelor's?

Postby Conan » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:10 pm

Well, I don't have any student loan from pharmacy school so I'm not taking on additional debt per se.

Even if I did, I'm sure there are many people who have student loans from their UG that are similar to average PharmD grad so I don't see why it's such a crazy move for PharmDs to attend law school.

It's not like I'm wasting my PharmD. I'm still working as a pharmacist while attending law school PT and I'm planning to pursue pharmacy/pharmaceutical related legal field once I graduate.

In worst case scenario, I always have 140k/yr pharmacist job to fall back on if my law school plan fails. Not as good as "big law" but I think it's a decent back up plan.

My decision to attend law school was not an easy one. I actually asked Fordham if I can defer a year (due to family/economic reasons... and I still thank Dean Brown for granting it.) and during my deferment, I gave a second thought about the whole law school plan. I had a stable and well paying job without any debt and felt like I might well as settle down (I'm 30 yrs old) like my pharmacy school colleagues... but decided that this is what I wanted to do and I think I would've regretted if I did not choose law school (or Fordham for that matter).

Again, I don't know whether I'll become a lawyer who knows a lot about pharmaceuticals or a pharmacist who knows a lot about law. I prefer to be the former and will do my best to achieve that goal but it's not the end of the world if I have to go back to pharmacy profession.

If you guys ever see an independent pharmacy with the sign "FREE legal counseling with each prescription filled!" in NYC/NJ in the future, that's probably me being the latter. Haha.




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