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Philaw wrote:duodora wrote:Good grief! Why in the world is everyone getting so critical?
md;jd posted a legitimate, easy to answer question, and everyone is jumping down his/her throat.
It seems that having a doctor well versed in law, or a lawyer well versed in medicine would be a good idea, so I'm not sure why everyone is up in arms.
to md;jd, I hope the LSAT goes well for you and best of luck with your cycle!
tuotora- This is TLS. Do not be surpised. Many argumentative kids/overachievers whose mothers told them "you should be a lawyer you argure so much" and took it literally.
Philaw wrote:That said, Good luck md;jd. Being a doctor AND a lawyer must be some kind of conversation starter..."what do you do?" To which md;jd replies, "Oh, nothing big. I'm a doctor and a lawyer."
Friend is a doctor, and we have very good conversations about the intersection of law and medicine. Got me curious enough to want to take a health care law class as an elective, just because. Good luck to md;jd.
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As for the pay comparison:
Doctors on average make more than lawyers on average. The ceiling for doctors' pay is also higher in many fields than the ceiling for lawyers' pay. Having said that, a cream of the crop lawyer in Big Law will be making >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> than a cream of the crop surgeon. You guys seem to be caught up in SALARY. When you're a Partner and serving on the board of multiple companies, you could forgo a salary (as many CEOs these days are doing) and still make 2.5 million a year in assets and securities (which are many times tax-exempted to a certain degree!). A surgeon, while he/she might make 800,000 per year, is limited by the number of people he/she is cutting open, whereas a Partner is limited by the number of corporate clients he extracts portions of earnings from. Think about it this way too though, when you are earning above $300,000 a year, most of your non-consumable income will (or should) be tied up in investments (given the financial market is healthy). At that point, doctor or lawyer, a big chunk of your "income" will be in securities, which depend on market performance, not on YOUR performance as a doctor or a lawyer.
Point is: Get good grades. Interview well. Work your butt off. Get rich. Doctors and lawers inter-breed at a ridiculously high rate as well, so don't even get started on joint-income.
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