flcath wrote: sunynp wrote:
shoeshine wrote:F**k.......I can't stand this discussion anymore.
FLCATH, drop out and stop making these shitty threads that devolve into MD vs. DO vs. JD circlejerks.
Seriously, for the love of god. Or maybe ask the mods to make a forum to discuss law school v. medicine. Or maybe a mega law v medicine mega thread you can post in to your hearts content. I'm reading the same boring shit in every thread. Maybe you guys can go tell the Dewey SAs that they should have gone to med school and continue the discussion there.
Bros, chill out. You're reminding me of the little brehs at my school who get IRATE AS FUCK about too many SBA emails "filling up their inboxes" or whatever. There's an easy solution--that even a retard could come to--if that were really the problem. Incidentally, it's not like TLS is a place for vibrant and varied conversation: adding one additional topic to the 5 or 6 that get constantly repeated over and over again wouldn't hurt.
But the truth is that you get offended at the substance of what I'm saying. Maybe you're secretly jealous of doctors, too; maybe you've got no interest in med school, and you just get offended that I shit on law school because you're proud of the profession, or whatever. I dunno.
If it's the latter, then, *please*, feel free to defend law school. If you're persuasive it'll make me feel better about myself (I view myself as a huge failure for ending up in LS), AND you won't "have to" listen to me anymore. But you've gotta defend the real situation, not some idealized version: 215 schools, no barrier to entry, $40K tuition, stagnant demand, unemployment . . .
I was qualified to go to med school. Stood a decent shot at getting into a school as well, but decided to pursue law. This decision was a result of researching both career paths
Starting out with the cons that I am aware of for both
Medicine is a much longer commitment, both in terms of residency and the length of med school. The opportunity cost, therefore, is substantially higher than law school. While it is much more collegial, you still have to be competitive. THe people with the highest grades get the best practices. If you dont get good grades, you are looking at the lower end of the medicine salary spectrum. Once you actually get into medicine, you are looking at managed care. You have quotas of patients to see, a specific amount of time to see them. You also are looking at law suits, so your malpractice insurance is really high. Being on call during residency is also a bitch. Looking at paying back loans, most med students dont pay it back until their late 40s
Oversaturation of the market for one thing. Prestige is much lower than doctors. Biglaw hours are comparable to residency, and you have to put a lot of your life on hold while doing it. The work is arguably, at least the first 3 or 4 years as an associate, much more boring. Job security is minimal unless you have good grades at a top school. Bi modal salary distribution is awful as well. Even when you get a good salary, biglaw attrition is another factor
The pros, as i see them
First of all, you are healing people, which is awesome. Doctors also have a lot of prestige. Good job security. Intellectually stimulating work. Can make a good living. In good practice areas, you have really nice hours with a really nice paycheck. I think most people also look good in lab coats.
You can help people with pro bono, which is cool. If you get a biglaw job, you have good exit options in the future (usually). Good salary if you get on the upper part of that salary distribution
Either way, you cant really look at prestige or money when choosing a profession, which law and medicine both are. You go to law school if you want to do lawyer work, being a lawyer. You go to med school if you want to be a doctor, doing doctor stuff. If you look at med school and the top 14 law schools, id argue that they are comparable in terms of difficulty to get into, with the worst t1 equating to the easiest med school to get in.
From a personal perspective, i turned aside from doctoring because of managed care as well as not liking to be around sick people. Patent law is nice because I enjoy learning about new technologies and paperwork is soothing. Also I love to read! Even if it is really dry stuff. I think legal reading is about as dry as reading journal publications. Someone can correct me if Im wrong. Im obviously leaving stuff out, but heres some things to start with.