The short reason-My reason for aviation law is to provide legal expertise for other aviation professionals, from pilots and mechanics, to airlines and corporate flight departments.
You can stop laughing by the way, it is true.
Long version-Had a love affair with aviation since I took my first plane ride at 17. Literally changed me from trying to get by to ambitious student with a plan. While in college, I applied to both the Air Force and Navy for pilot, navigator, and ABM (AF only), only to find out that my vision was that bad. Un the end, I needed a waiver for general service in all of them.
After several tries (I believe 12 total but lost count) with military aviation, along with a few other bumps, I started looking into supporting aviators et all. However, what started as joining the military to fly turned into desire to serve the US. I turned to the Army, to become an Air Defense Officer. If I cannot fly them, or fly in them, I will assist in protecting the skies against aerial threats. The Army had other plans, since that is low demand low drag. They first put me into the Chemical Corps, but I was with an Airborne unit. Got to jump several times, but it was not the same as just flying in the C-130 (never got to jump C-17). Now I am doing Intel. Tried to get an aviation brigade, did not work, but saved enough money to start flight lesson, only after 14 years.
Well, that is pretty much it. When I get out, aviation law, along with flight instruction and CAP will become my life. Besides, all things considered, look at the future clients compared (aviators) compared to others. I think I would rather be around pilots than bankers any day
Also, before I read your post, I was talking to the wife about going to several of those schools, where the GI Bill would cover the expenses. I believe the #1 now is Harvard, followed with Cornell and Boalt. Only reservation with Fordham is portability outside of New York. Good thing is that it doesn;t matter to her.
No laughing on my part and it makes perfect sense to me. I just asked since your background didn't scream aviation. My last four deployments were with a joint unit doing ADA work with the Army in DC so am even familiar with that end of aviation.
Yeah, Fordham is not all that portable outside of NY/NJ but my wife was a bit more adamant about where I had my midlife crisis, er "career change" and it came down to the NYC area or I "deployed" to LS by myself for three years. In all fairness, not only is she from here but she is a flight attendant based out of Newark so living anywhere else would have made her life a lot more difficult. I am hoping my aviation background will make Fordham more portable but that remains to be seen. (If I go criminal law, greater NYC is fine for me anyway and am not sure it matters all that much where the JD is from when compared to a commitment to PI and ties to the area.) With a 3.8 and good LSAT prep/score you should be able to go where ever you like though.
I will keep you in mind as I explore the aviation law market and let you know anything I find out.