I had an uncle who was a college professor in Arizona, and he was a champion of low-income, low-SES (socioeconomic status) students. He used to advocate really, really hard for almost all students to go to college. He believed that, above all else, college provided students with CHOICES that they would not otherwise get.
Not that he wasn’t all about expanding your mind and your intellect and your worldview and all that — he was. But as a former Marine and a cop, he was a street-smart guy who knew that those factors, for many students, are secondary to just getting up and onto your feet and out of a bad situation, and to do that, you need choices.
Today I was reminded of my Uncle George Fridell, who died of brain cancer in 2002, while responding to Josiah’s email below. The young man has a lot of choices in front of him and he needs to narrow things down a bit.
Hey Judge Josh,
My name is Josiah Moore, I am a Freshman ‘Pre-Med’ student pursuing my BS/BA degree… the slash is for an undecided major. First let me say that going Pre-Med was the very last thing I would have pictured myself going for just a couple of years ago. To be honest the thing that made me fall in love with that career path is my job.
Great to hear you’re in love with the career path; that’s more than most can say.
I am a Cardiac Monitor Tech in an ICU here in Colorado. The conversations that are held, clinical discussions, new studies, ect. (I have found I am a human sponge (: ). I absolutely fell in love with the medical field, and went through a 2 year process of bouncing around between BA/BS only degrees (RN/Admin/Finance/ect.) that relate to the med. field. Then after sitting down with a Critical Care MD that is just awesome, and talking about what I want to do, what my passions are, he suggested I look into MD programs.
That’s what’s up, Josiah. Aim high.
First I laughed, and kinda nodded my head to shake it off, then one night I got bored, and started looking up MD programs, and what it took, ect. (I have done my research so far, and continue to make contacts, and research more).
I, however, have hit a wall. I absolutely do not want to do a science based degree (Chem, Bio, Micro, Phys, Ect.), but I do not want to go all the way to left field and do something completely unrelated, or non-transferable.
Why not a science degree? You may have your reasons for this, but since I don’t know them, let me speak a bit in favor of a science degree. They’re in high demand (well beyond the medical field) and they’ll accommodate the possibility of you being a doctor one day.
You’re fascinated by the conversations in the E.R., and some of that fascination has to be science-related, right? I’m guessing here, but I’d think that if you’re fascinated by those conversations, then a deeper and more rigorous examination of science would only deepen and nurture that fascination.
Those degrees are tough, yeah, but obviously that critical care doc who turned you on to M.D. programs thought you could hack it.
I instead would like to do something towards the middle. Some of the ideas I have are: Medical Law, Medical Admin, Bus. Management, Pre-Law.
That’s cool, but do realize that even just the four you mention above are really all over the place, so even these middle-of-the-road type choices may set you on pretty divergent paths.
- Pre-law, of course, prepares you for being a lawyer (I know, I know, master of the obvious), which is fine if you want to specialize in law related to the medical field. Understand, though, that as a lawyer, your days and nights will be dominated by the minutiae of the LAW — not all of the actual fascinating science that law governs. Even medical lawyers are beset with the details of contracts, legislation, negotiation, and, unfortunately, litigation. If you’re OK with all that, then great — just go into it with your eyes open.
- Medical administration is heavy on the business end of health care as well (as is pretty much any course of study ending in the word “administration” :). Money-wise, there can be lots of cash in it for you if you rise to the top of the hospital-adminstration ranks, for sure. It is, though, more narrow/limiting than the other courses of study you’ve mentioned. If you train to be a hospital administrator and then it turns out you don’t like hospital administration — well, you’re good and screwed. This isn’t the case for law, business or science degrees.
- Business adminstration — the basic “business” degree — certainly gives you the widest array of options. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any major employer, regardless of industry, that doesn’t have a slew of business majors on staff. In the immortal words of [insert your favorite rapper here] — business equals money, and money makes the world go ’round.
I want to do my minor in one of the sciences, or gen. science.
Oh, see, now you’re just asking me to twist your arm. 🙂 What, you can minor in science but not major? Think it over, my friend. It’s probably a difference of about 8-10 classes, the difference between a major and minor. The doc believes in you. I believe in you.
Also, you can surely consider a double major, right? Maybe one science and one of the others? I’ll tell you what, if you came out with, say, a double in biology (or chem, or physics) and another in business — your employability skyrockets. Science/biotech companies absolutely LUST after people who understand both business and science. Just sayin’.
Those are what I have come up with, and thankfully I have time to decide, but reality is that time flies. Most of the advisor’s at the community college I attend are worthless, and the ones that I have contacted at other Universities around me, have either not responded, or told me that there is no ‘free’ help.
There world has never been short on bad advice, that’s for sure.
I think that is crap haha, but I want… I need help choosing the best major possible, so I can not only narrow my path of study, but also narrow down the schools I am interested in (by their pre-req’s). I do have a few schools in mind for the rest of undergrad, but choosing depends primarily on which major I choose. I understand that many college students change majors, even change multiple times, but with looking at the students who matriculated last year (2009) and their BA/BS degrees, I realize that part of getting in is what I choose as a major (and excelling at it, of course).
I also thrive off of challenges, so of course, something like ‘law’ is something that ‘revs’ my existential engine. Grades are not of major concern… I have a 3.7, and its my first semester of college, plus I have been out of school for 5 years…
Well, I think I strung together my best advice up above, but if I had to cast a hard-and-fast vote, I’d say to double major: one specific science (choose one, don’t go “general science”) plus one that’s more business-related, like BA or management or something like that. That’ll be challenging enough to keep you awake, and it’ll also keep you totally viable for either law or med school as your perspective changes and you get more clear about what it is you’d like to do for a job once you’re done with school.
Anyways, your response would be majorly appreciated, and if I haven’t really provided enough info, then let me know. Thank you!!
Shit. I guess I should’ve read this part before speculating about why you don’t want a science degree. My bad. It will not shock you to learn that sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants around here. 🙂
What do you all think? The man needs our help — what should he major in? What path should he take? Let us know in the comments below.
33 thoughts on “Doctor or Lawyer? Josiah the ICU Guy Needs Help.”
I think at this point in time, Josiah should probably pursue something more along the law. The way new laws are changing our medical system could have an impact on where he will actually end up getting a job, being able to pay off loans, and manage decent savings.
There is absolutely no good reason to do pre-law–the Dean of Admissions at my law school has repeatedly said that these programs are too easy and thus hurt a student’s admissions profile compared to other more challenging majors. I think you should major in biology or another science and keep both medical school and law school open for the time being. Law students with science backgrounds can pursue intellectual property law (one of the few areas of law that is still expanding) or med mal or something.
I am kind of biased since I am a medical student with a BS in biomedical science (major tailored to pre-med)! I kind of agree with Josh though on your situation. That being said though, I have many classmates that do not have a science background (art, graphic design, law- yes she went to law school, got her degree and is also now in medical school). So as you can see people take different paths to get where they want to be. My only advise is that you will have to take the pre-req science classes to get into medcial school (and some schools require more, which limited my options even having a science background). So I would say if you are truly interested in an MD program, also look at their pre-reqs and make sure those are included in whatever path you choose. And like Josh said, majoring in the science is only a few more classes, and double majors are looked at highly! It would be a lot of work, but it seems like you can handle it! 🙂
Good luck to you!
I say suck it up, take all the science courses needed, and reach for the stars. Obviously, you can ace these classes so why not major in Biology or Chemistry or any science, for that matter. Being in the medical field has been my life-long dream and due to the fact that I had two children, I changed to elementary education. (To have the same schedule my kids have.) Anywho, I wanted to pursue my Master’s degree in physical therapy but I had to take ALL those science courses, which would take super long to do, so I had to change again. What I am saying is, man up and take the science courses. You will actually like it! Science is fascinating!
Hello there Josiah (your name rocks, btw),
1. You sound like you’d be a fabulous physician.
2. You don’t have to major in science to be a pre-med or to become an MD. I’m also from a family who couldn’t pay my way through college and I also didn’t see myself in medicine until a few years ago (about 5 years, actually). I’m currently a post-bacc premed at an ivy league institution, taking only the bare minimum of pre-requisites. Like many in my program, I did my undergrad degree in liberal arts, and medical schools eat it up! There are a lot of undergraduate premeds who major in English or Anthropology or something else that interests them and still get in to stellar MD programs. I know one girl who majored in theater arts!
The only thing I’d say, though, is try to take your premed courses at a 4-year institution, after you transfer from community college, since there seems to be a bit of a bias against CC credits in medical school admissions (I started at a CC and was advised to take the courses again at my current school – you don’t want to end up doing that)
Best of luck!
I second Brittany’s comment. In the pre-med program at my school, they always say to major in what you love. Really, the only pre-reqs for med school are basic chem/basic physics/general bio/math/organic chemistry, and sometimes biochemistry. If you want to pursue something else but still go on to med school, go for it – if you major in something you really love, you’d probably be able to show a lot more interest in it. (: I’m going down a science/humanities double major pre-med track myself.
I’m a current medical student and did a double major BS/BA for undergrad. First, let me assure you that many medical schools these days are actually looking for NON science major degree students (with good grades in the pre-med science courses, of course), as the humanities are becoming more and more important in medicine. Secondly, you should be making your choice based on what kind of career you want – what you love, what you’re passionate about, what will never bore you – versus what it takes to get there. There are numerous challenges in medicine and in law, but they are different kinds of challenges. You have more options than you realize, and while excellent grades and prerequisites are a necessity, don’t let them make your career choices for you. That brings me to my third and final point: whatever path you take, it seems endless now but you will be there before you know it! Make smart choices, and do try to enjoy the adventure of getting there.
How do you feel about math? Strong math skills (both arithmetic –especially statistics– and logic) will give you an edge in any field, and the credits usually transfer even if you have to change schools to pursue your passion. Pre-med math majors are not very common but get noticed very quickly due to the high rigor of mathematics as a field in addition to the core science requisites of pre-med. And if you change your mind, a math minor or double-major will give you a great edge over those dime-a-dozen business degrees. I cannot personally speak for math as a great combination with law but I feel that strong math skills are a gateway to success in any field.
Josiah: Should follow his heart and do what he thinks is best for him and be happy with the decission he makes. Only he knows what he wants and what career path he is going to want to go into..
Do a B.S. in Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering. Not only will you get your fill of general science and math courses, but you will be pursuing a relevant AND free-standing degree. I’ve always seen pre-law and pre-med “majors” as a big joke. You have to play the percentages here. Have you seen the entrance statistics for big med schools? I don’t think the top 20 even break a 6% acceptance rate. If you get a BME or ME degree as an undergrad and don’t get into your med school of choice, you are still in prime position for a job with a medical device company, if that industry is really what makes you tick (pun partially intended).
If your choice of schools is open for transfers, etc, it would be worth your while to consider the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I just graduated with an ME degree from UMN, and I can tell you that about half of the faculty research is focused on medical devices; a little disappointing for me, actually, given that I’m interested in energy and combustion, but what they’re doing in medical is really quite substantial and impressive. Also, there are numerous opportunities for internships with the med giants headquartered in the Cities: 3M, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, etc.
You do not have to major in a science to go to medical school. Since you are interested in medicine but also interested in law, you could consider pursuing an MD/JD, which is, admittedly, a longer route but it would give you a vast amount of opportunities in the medical and law fields. You could do health law, and still see patients… you could be a doctor, but have the protection of the law under your belt.
If you take the prereqs for medical school and they interest you a lot, then you could considering majoring in a science. But if you do not want to major in a science field, you don’t have to. You can major in whatever you want and still complete the prereqs and apply for medical school, law school, both, or the MD/JD programs. It’s really up to you.
I don’t know who just told you that law was a good option, but read the blog “Above the Law” for a little bit to see some of the impacts the recession has had on the field before you jump on board.
I third Brittany’s comment. I’m a third-year biological sciences major and applied econ minor at an ivy-league university, and I’ve come across many sources and students who believe that majoring in something other than the life/physical sciences will help you stand out among medical school applicants. So my advice would be to major in whatever you’re heart is into. Considering the information provided above, it seems that you are split between business and law but don’t want to count yourself out of medicine. As I’m sure you’ve researched there are only around 5 required classes for most med school’s admission. A science major would take these classes plus a number of upper-level science classes. Why waste your time and effort taking these unnecessary classes when you can devote your time to your other interests? The medical field would still be wide open to you (given a good science GPA/MCAT score). You could even go into biological or chemical patent law, which is a field where you can probably apply all interests somewhat equally depending on where you want to specialize. With all of this said, I wouldn’t recommend a double major in science and a liberal study. Either double major (or major and minor) in a liberal study (pre-law) and business while taking med school pre-reqs or go for the science major and minor in a liberal study/business; You could always take the LSAT and go to law school given a good GPA.
DO NOT attend a college where the advisors won’t email back or tell you that you don’t deserve their help because you are not yet paying to attend the school. If they aren’t interested in helping potential students–and thereby helping their school to get new students–they will not be interested in helping you once you are a student. Only consider schools where the advisors have responded in friendly ways to your emails. They may not be able to help you as much as they can help the students they already have relationships with, but they can certainly tell you more about the programs their schools offer. There is such thing as free help from education professionals. They just do it in hopes that you’ll pay to attend their school later!
I had a similar journey to you actually. I loved the medical field, but 1) didn’t want to go through such a tough major, and 2) I wanted to be involved in a broader basis than one on one patient care. It took me two years but I finally found public health. For me, it was the perfect balance of human interaction, “making a difference” and many more options to get what I want out of it. I am now getting my health sciences BS which concentrates on broader topics and only requires base knowledge of chem, bio, anatomy, etc. – will have to go to graduate school, but a lot of high profile jobs require an MPH as well as MD or RN so I haven’t given up the idea of one day going, but in the meantime I can be involved in the field. I would recommend checking out the field and see if it appeals to you
I don’t understand why you want to go into law or medicine. Law and medicine are completely different fields that attract very different students with very different talents. Not that you couldn’t be equally gifted in literature, reading and writing (law) as well as analytical scientific courses…but you should choose one or the other and not try to double major or apply to both. And if you are as enamored of medicine as you say you are the clear choice is a degree in one of the sciences (I think chemistry and biology are still the most popular). If you don’t like science enough to major in it then maybe you shouldn’t go to medical school because all you’re going to be studying for four years is science and then four or so years of residency. That being said I have a friend who majored in English at my college who went on to a great medical school and another guy in my class was a religion major. And my best friend majored in chemistry and went on to study law at the University of MN- she thinks being a science major made her stand out among all the English/Poli Sci majors applying to law school.
Bottom line- major in something to you love learning, something you excel in. Then when you’re a junior or senior make the decision to take either the MCAT or the LSAT. I’m just finishing my third year in medical school and I majored in Biology in college although I did consider economics and religion and english as possible majors because I liked them so much. Whatever you decide to major in choose it because you want to study that for four years in college not because you think you have to.
And in deciding between law and medicine maybe you should shadow a lawyer or try to work in a law office one summer to see which is more interesting to you. Whatever you choose the training is going to be long and difficult so you want it to be something you love. Some people say the first two years of medical school are miserable but I disagree. I loved what I was learning and didn’t mind putting in the time to study because I was working towards my dream of becoming a doctor. And you will to. Don’t let the thoughts of exams and studying deter you from medicine or law. It’s hard for everyone (just because of the shear volume of information you have to learn not because it’s actually tough to understand), but it’s all worth it. Hope this helps.
New natl health care law limits how much a doc can make (yes I read it) and the new law also dictates how much the doc can make “outside” of medicine in your investments. Docs always need good attorneys, so be strong in your education in the medical field but be the lawyer who protects the docs.
My college student wants a PHD in Physical Therapy but does not want to let go of trumpet performance. (she just performed at Carnegie Hall for the third time). Music is important, but realistically, it has a lot of road blocks for a career. In order to make a good income and freedom in her work, she realizes she has to get the PHD and add business so she can easily run her own practice, not be an employee.
Sarah is so on target. All schools are a business first, a place of education second. You are their customer and their competition for customers is on a national scale.
I think that you should consider getting a degree in Pre-Medicine. The degree is designed to focus potential medical school students on the courses that will necessary for them to know in and get into medical school. That degree would probably make the most sense. I do not really understand why people use other degrees to get into medical school, considering the availability of that degree.
I’m in law school it sucks! Be a doctor
I TRULY BELEAVE, IN MY OPINION, IF YOU DECIDE ON THE MEDICAL FIELD BE 150% SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE, BEING APART OF THE MEDICAL FIELD SHOULD BE, NOT JUST A JOB, CAREER, OR A CHOICE THAT SHOULD BE MADE LIGHTLY. IF YOU CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD, YOUR CHOICE MUST COME FROM THE HEART, BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO CONSIDER. BECOMING A DOCTOR, YOU ARE TREATING PEOPLE, THEIR LIVE’S ARE IN YOUR HANDS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE COMPASSION, AND EMPATHY, FOR YOUR PATIENTS, OR UNDERSTANDING, DO NOT GO INTO THE MEDICAL FIELD. EVERYDAY, YOU WILL BE TREATING A PARENT, A CHILD, OR SOMEONE’S GRANDPARENT, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO, AND WANT TO TREAT THEM LIKE THEY WERE YOUR OWN FAMILY. YOU SHOULD GET THE FEELING INSIDE YOU, THAT WARM FUZZY FEELING, THAT YOU JUST SAVED, OR TRIED TO SAVE A HUMAN BEING, AND THAT YOU GAVE 150%. IF YOUR PATIENT PASSES, THIS WILL BE YOUR COMFORT STATION, KNOWING YOU DID YOUR VERY BEST. YOUR CHOICE SHOULD BE MADE IN A WAY THAT IF YOU DO NOT WALK OUT THE DOOR AT THE END OF YOUR SHIFT AND HAVE OR FEEL COMPLETE REWARD THAT YOU TRIED AND DID YOUR VERY BEST, DO NOT CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD…. BEING A LAWYER IS ALSO A GREAT FIELD, BUT THE CHOICE YOU MAKE SHOULD COME FROM THE HEART. FOR ME, I HAVE ALWAYS, ALWAYS, WANTED TO BE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, I GRADUATE THIS MONTH, AFTER 3 HARD YEARS, I HAVE MY CNA 1-2, AND THEN, AFTER GRADUATION I WILL BE A MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT: WHEN I TAKE THE NATIONAL TEST I WILL BE A CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT. I DID NOT CHOOSE THIS FILED FOR THE MONEY, MY CHOICE CAME FROM THE HEART.
I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE, REGARDLESS WHAT YOUR CHOICE IS.
I think the fascination in the med field should all you need to go into the science majors. Dont let it scare you. One of my so called “toughest” courses was astronomy and I got an A in it because 1. I didnt allow the stigmas to deter me 2. I found a way to make it interesting and enjoy it and 3. I worked hard at it. I’d say go for the science. Real Deal.
Why not take it by steps? Start with EMT/EMS, go back for RN, take the next few courses for P.A, then work up to the MD? Since you like the emergency room environment? It’s more work to try to work while doing classes, but a friend of mine took a similar path.
First of all, understand that medicine and law are not mutually exclusive. One of my classmates is doing his residency right now at a local hospital while going to law school, so it is possible. (He is interested in the administrative side of medicine.) I can’t speak to the transferability of college credits in medical school, but I can say with absolute certainty that you don’t need any specific major or course of study to get into/do well in law school. What you need is the ability to write papers (there is a LOT of writing involved in law) and the ability to look at a problem from more than one angle. If you can take classes that will help you develop those skills, you can do well in law school.
However, because you are not sure, I would highly advise that you take a couple of years after undergrad to think about your choice if you think law school is for you. I often compare this experience to hazing – the law is a lifestyle choice, not just “challenging” or “difficult”. You will spend at least 6 days a week, 10 hours a day, immersed in studies just to make it past your first year. It is nearly impossible to maintain friendships outside of law school because nobody else will understand what you are going through. And you will be expected to spend the summer after your second year working full time, or it is nearly impossible to find a job after graduation. The market is flooded with lawyers so the job market is very difficult to break into right now. This kind of commitment has to be about love, so take some time to think about whether you love the law or are just interested. If you’re just interested, check out the legal blogs while you attend med school.
I think it depends on where his values are. I for one put interest in work, money second, and job security third (with some other qualities reaching lower ranks). But some people don’t like taking risks and put job security first, or they don’t care if they’re interested in their work, they just need the money.
After determining what is most important to you as a student, then you look if that line of work meets other qualities your looking for and then choose. And once you choose, STICK WITH IT. No job is going to be perfect – there’s always something about it that makes it work, but its still more important to finish than to start.
I see he worked in the medical field already, but I recommend taking some time to do an internship at the county court or with a med mal attorney’s office. I work in the legal field and a year away from applying to law school and I’m mildly disappointed with the personalities I have to deal with everyday. The egos of some judges and attorneys is sickening! They’re far more interested in LOOKING right than actually BEING right, costing people things that are highly important to them. Of course, there are others who are AMAZING people who really believe in the law and want to make a difference for people. Make sure whatever field you go into, you know what kind of job environment you’re looking at and know if thats really something you want to be around for years to come.
Thank you all for the comments, advice, tips, and sharing personal experiences. Though I have not chosen an exact major, have chosen to stick with something within the medical field, and not law. My original purpose for seeking something other than a science degree was two things. One, to give me some extra edge and opportunities in the work force, and two, to give me a skill on the ‘human’ side of the science. More like Bioethics, or HBHS, ect. I will be pursuing one like the last, as well as a double major in a science based. I believe that taking this route will provide me all that I want. Now just to get into the school I want to, and pay for it 🙂 haha
You have a lot of great advice here, but I didn’t see this advice: you don’t have to major in science to go to medical school. I have a friend who is pre-dental (actually, he’s been accepted to dental school) who majored in business. He didn’t even double major or have a minor in science, but all he did was take the necessary pre-requisites, join a pre-dental club, become president of that club, volunteer in different organizations (medical related and non-medical related), and shadow some health care professionals, including dentists. True it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be accepted into med. school, but you don’t really have to minor/major in science. With your work experience in an ICU, you have a more competitive edge that admissions committee will appreciate. You will have something unique if you major in something other than science. And if you don’t want to go to med. school but really want to become a lawyer, I think bioethics is your best choice. It’s a very interesting and always changing field to go into.
Pre-Med is just a number of course that best prepare you to apply to medical schools. Because they are heavy on the sciences, ie, Physics, Chem and the math of course. Majoring in one of them is not far off, I recently transfered to UNC at Chapel hill, My BS in Bio already has a minor of Chem built in. I’d say do a double major or better yet, a business degree with the pre-med option onto it. Give some time to think on it. AND above all, like the person above me wrote, you do not need to have a science degree to go to med school if thats what you turn out wanting to do. The breakdown for MCAT scores by major, are astounding. Some humanities majors rank up there with the science majors.
I think that Josiah should go with the medical degree. He is very passionate about it. Sure it’s a high price to pay in terms of money and time, none the less, all that time spent will be on something that he absorbs effortlessly because he is so passionate about it, plus he can always do internships and externships along the way. If anything, doing an externship or job shadowing (when you are able to “shadow”/follow a professional in a specific field for a few days -a week or two weeks-) that will help Joshiah decide if the alternate majors are something that he would like to do also if he really would not like to do a science degree. Job shadowing is really great, you get to follow the person all day at work and see what her/his daily tasks and routine is. Ask in your career services office from school to see if you can do that, or contact a place to see if they would allow you to job shadow a professional.
Best of luck
Choose what best fits you dude. No one can make a decision for you, you choose. Choose wisely. Think about the future and how effective you would be in both areas. Think about whether or not either of these are even what you truly want to do. God Bless man
You should thoroughly research the med schools you are considering to find out what courses you need to take to fulfill their admission requirements. Then buy a catalog from your current school or look in the catalog on the web if it is available. Select a major whose courses include those necessary to fulfill the admission requirements for med school. Knowing the majors available at your school will help narrow your choices. If you find the human body fascinating, you will love most biology classes. Really, it sounds like you will love most science courses because of your natural curiousity. Also, look up the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they have excellent info on many professions regarding wages by area, work conditions and even employment outlook for the future. My ultimate goal is pharmacy school so I chose biochemistry because it fulfills the requirements and it’s like the sample platter of science so I don’t have to choose between biology and chemistry, which are both pretty cool!
Given that we’re speaking about things within the region of Doctor or Lawyer? Josiah the ICU Guy Needs Help., The philosophy of law is a complex and in depth study, which requires an intimate knowledge of the legal process in general as well as a philosophical mind. For centuries, the scope and nature of law has been debated and argued from various view points, and intense intellectual discussion has arisen from the fundamental question of ‘what is law’. In response, several major schools of thought have been born, of which the natural law scholars and positivists are two of the most notable. These two camps hold strictly contrasting views over the role and function of law in certain circumstances, and have provided in themselves platforms for criticism and debated which continue to be relevant today.
A good criminal lawyer is always well-connected and holds strong ties with legal authorities, police and other authoritative persons.
My theory is that, even in a recession, that the 2 things that will never go out is Law and Medicine. I would suggest that he pursues something along the lines of Medical Law