vahopeful2012 wrote:I'm a long-time lurker but this is my first post here. I'm wondering about going to law school over medical school. I came into a 3rd tier college (full-ride was the only reason) pre-law, but switched to pre-med my sophomore year due to my parents' pressuring me. They are both doctors and are scared about the job market for lawyers. I'm in my second semester junior year and have registered for the MCAT in May. However, I'm having serious second-thoughts about pursuing medicine. My main reasons are that I don't really like blood, guts, etc. I have a 3.9 as a biochemistry major and managed A's in all my science classes.
I took a diagnostic LSAT and got a 163, missing only 2 in the logic games section. So I guess my main question concerns the job prospects for a lawyer and how you would recommend me to switch to the law admissions process. Most of my extracurriculars involve volunteering at a free clinic and hospital, in addition to serving on the exec board for the pre-med club. Any and all advice is welcome!
Score in the 30s on your MCAT, go to med school, and get a real job.
Approach this from a worst case scenario point of view. What is the worst MD job? Family medicine in the middle of nowhere. At least, you make decent bank.
What is the worst JD job? No job with the JD kiss of death for non legal employment. Or doc review which now asks for experience and 1st tier law school credentials. Also, those jobs are being sent to shitholes like Dayton or Saint Louis where the kids only make 18 an hour. Shit, nurses make more than that.
This is a no brainer. Go for the real job.