Good question. I am going to law school. I just sent in my initial deposit and will be attending law school this coming fall. As to your question about why law over pharmacy, the initial "plan" was to go to pharmacy school. My parents (Asian parents) pushed both my brother and I to do pharmacy as it was a steady and high paying career so we both decided to give it a shot. My bro stuck it out and graduated. 6 months before his graduation he was already fielding offers from drug/pharmaceutical companies. One day at work, he actually had a head hunter from a rival company call his pharmacy, pretended to be a sick patient that needed consultation from the pharmacist, and once my bro got on the phone, started selling his pitch to recruit him. This wasn't because my brother was some awksume super pharmacist extraordinaire, but because he was someone with a pharmacy degree and license to practice in the state in an industry with a severe shortage. For pharmacy, you don't have to be good, you just have to be in good standing to practice.
Pharmacy is a 4 year degree. After the first 2 years of academic study, where they cram your brain with the foundational sciences, you start your rotations. For his rotations, my brother had a choice of where he could do his rotations, and it just so happens that there was a site located about 30 minutes from home, so for the last 2 years of pharmacy school he moved back home. While he was home, i saw first hand what he was doing. I saw the work that he had to do, and the materials that he had to study and realized that although pharmacy was the more economically sound career path, it really was not what i wanted to do with the rest of my life. My brother and i both tended to excel in our classes, but did so in different areas. He was an introvert that genuinely enjoyed math and chemistry. I was more social and liked to write and argue. When i told my parents that i wanted to do law school, they were obviously disappointed, but they admitted to me that they had already thought of the possibilities of me going to law school, but never mentioned it because they would rather prefer i went into a field that guaranteed job security. I decided to stick with my pharmacy technician job because i work part time making 16$/hour with some of the most amazing co-workers anyone can ask for. The work is easy, the pay is good, and the people are amazing.
Imagine if this board was called Top-pharmacy-school instead of top-law-school, and it was populated by pharmacists/pharmacy students discussing other careers. Someone says something along the lines of : "my cousin bob graduated law school, is working at big law firm xyz and is making 160k/year at graduation, and law school is a 3 year degree! Pharmacists only make 110k/year at graduation and its a 4 year degree ! Law school is clearly superior !" This statement, although possible, is obviously extremely misleading, and i would expect that any of the more informed regulars from this board would chime in to correct such a deceptive statement. Can pharmacy be extremely boring and monotonous ? Absolutely, but the antisocial pharmacists who want to sit on their ass all day and reap their 6 figure paychecks tend to gravitate towards mail order pharmacies. At retail pharmacies, pharmacists are expected to be active in their patient's counseling and health outcomes. The job is only boring and ego destroying if you want it to be.