ehshornet wrote: Bigbub75 wrote: sadsituationJD wrote:
Law is most comparable with a B.S. in Chemistry.
Um, no. Chemistry, esp. organic chemistry, is among the most difficult subjects in all of academia. Comparing it to legalese nonsense like offer-acceptance and Civ. Pro makework hogwash is patently absurd. The stupidest MD from an offshore school is an intellectual powerhouse compared to ANY lawyer.
I kinda disagree with the notion that MD = intellectual powerhouse. My two best friends are both physicians (Vascular surgeon & ER Doc). The surgeon is far from an intellectual. He is a very hard worker, and can lock himself in the room and study for hours. He's pretty good at memorization, but not even he would consider himself an intellectual. When he discusses anything outside of medicine this is very apparent.
As a joint degree candidate (J.D./M.S. in chemistry) with a B.S. in chemistry, it is absolutely absured to equate law with a B.S. in chemistry. Law and chemistry require two types of thinking. And, I can assure you, my B.S. in chemistry was much harder than law school. Law school is a joke compared to getting a B.S. in chemistry.
And for those commenting on tutoring the pre-med students, how many of those students actually made it through the pre-med track and committed to applying to med school and becoming a doctor? The population you have selected does not add any significance to the argument unless you can vouch that they all went onto to become doctors. Because trust me...I have tutored a lot of pre-med kids in chem that ended up not following through the pre-med track or ended up not getting in because their grades were too low because of the rigors of the pre-med track. A lot of the people that I knew that went to med school were ones that did not seek out a tutor and worked independtly, in study groups, or sought out the professor.
While I do not agree that MD = intellectual powerhouse, I am much more impressed with someone who has gone through med school as compared to law school. Even though a doctor may not be able to engage in a political debate or discuss a literary work, there is no way that he could have gotten through his/her pre-med requirements, taken the MCAT, and gone through med school through rote memorization. Memorization only gets someone so far. Advanced science undergrad classes, the MCAT, and med school exams require the application of those memorized details.
Eh, my SO is a 3rd year, and so far it's been mostly rote memorization. Have you looked at a med school exam? Mostly multiple-choice or matching, and mostly memorized facts (e.g. The following picture shows a cell from which type of tissue? or Which set of symptoms indicates a diagnosis of X?). Pharmacology is obviously chem-heavy, but anyone who did okay in pre-med chemistry courses can handle the stuff they cover. My SO openly admits this. Law is obviously not the most intellectually stimulating field in the world, but neither is medicine. You don't need to be brilliant to get either degree.
Getting your MS is definitely more difficult because you actually write an original thesis, but even then I don't think it's anything a reasonable intelligent person couldn't handle. Unless your curriculum is somehow completely different than my school's, I guess.