My "definitely not true" statement above was directed towards Renzo's statement. I was trying to agree with you, Doublechecks.
As someone who's background was a better fit for med school than law school, I made the choice to go law school and would make it again, and I am therefore the example of one needed to refute Renzo's statement.
And, along with other posters in this board, I do include MD/PhDs in the group of PhDs who I think deserve more respect. The vast majority of medical research is done by PhDs.
Doctors are just technicians, in my opinion. Maybe most lawyers are too, but at least you are suppose to make creative and convincing arguments when you write. In my opinion, your job as a doctor is to be inherently uncreative--to apply the knowledge generated by researchers.
Maybe being a lawyer will suck, and I'll regret my life choices down the road. So be it. But I'm glad to be in law school know. And I'd make the choice again.
And the only thing better about harvard med over yale law is that it impresses people more in bars, IMO.
My gosh, this post is filled with sheer stupidity. Doctors have to know how anatomy works, basic physics, bodily functions and diseases, diagnosis, as well as have excellent writing skills. Lawyers only need writing skills. You make it seem as if lawyers are above doctors; sure, given the fact that a JD is just another humanities degree and when you work in Biglaw, all you do is pincite and push papers every day, sure beats anything else out there. Even partners get terminated if they don't contribute to the firm's overall profitability.
In the end, lawyers take something away from someone, whether it be money, property, or freedom. Doctors have everything to give. When there is a successful treatment, no one is mad a doctor, and he/she is satisfied with the outcome.
Science and the human body are awesome (and don't act like they aren't), whereas laws are just that; laws, man-made notions that are different in every country, be that in Canada or Saudi Arabia. The human body and science is a universal construct, thereby making it much more interesting than law in general.
There is an extremely high case of depression, job dissatisfaction, alcoholism
, and general misery
among lawyers. How many lawyers love their work after 20 years? Damn few. Sure Docs are unhappy with the bureaucracy of modern health care, but most still find meaning in their work. Hell, most lawyers can't even stand Biglaw after 2 years, realizing such a Faustian Deal was worse than expected.
And to clarify: a PhD is NOT a professional degree, incapable of providing a practice or service, and is not a license. MD blows it out of the water bar-none.