I don't know whether to go to law school. I am not that interested in the Letter of the Law, the law for law's sake. I think law is necessary, not exciting theory. In fact, I wonder whether those juris doctors who think of law as a theoretical game rather than a practical matter understand the responsibility with which they are charged.
With this in mind, I think law school makes sense for me insofar as it could help me in a peripheral career like policy and problem solving in general--for instance, devising health policy. The problem is, I do not know whether it will. In D.C., it seems like everyone who has professional aspirations is a lawyer or plans to go to law school. Thus, the degree seems practical. This perhaps makes for a skewed perspective.
I also wonder whether law makes for a happy career. There seems to be a slew of books that suggest otherwise, or at least caution the prospective law student to think hard about the decision. Many books seem to suggest that well-meaning people who go into law are often the most let down because of what the practice of law has become. Now, I don't suggest that this should scare people away--ideally, a well-meaning person could have some influence on a profession and find some way to make it more palatable; but I know that it does not always work this way.
One delusion I admit to harboring is that any form of education should be intellectually stimulating. From what I have heard, law school, does not always meet these expectations. To put that in perspective any kind of pre-professional education is bound to get into less interesting territory.
More on this in coming entries...