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Old 11-26-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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Question Law or Pharmacy Route ?

Since our economy is in the dumps, I'm going back to school...
Pharmacists getting out of school get instant contracts of $100k.
But lawyers getting out of school, the same?
What is the process for young lawyers getting out of school?..pay, law firm...etc.. anyone know>?
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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You need to do a lot more research. There are lots of unemployed lawyers. Pharmacists are doing a little better. There is still some demand for them but the big box companies are regimenting them more and more.

Most lawyers have to work a huge number of billable hours to make partner. For years. A JD is not automatic success.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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100k for a pharmacist out the door..? i want what you're smoking dude!
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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100k for a pharmacist out the door..? i want what you're smoking dude!
Medical marijuana? Maybe he can hook you up when he gets there.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:39 AM
 
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Don't go to law school unless you get into a top 10 school (think Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn, UChicago, etc) or land a huge academic scholarship at a lower ranked school in the area you want to work. If you don't abide by this, you'll be hating yourself in 3 years when you have $150k+ debt with terrible job prospects (terrible as in working as a public defender or in insurance defense making $40k with no benefits while working 60-70 hours/week) . The country doesn't need more lawyers and most markets are very saturated.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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Don't go to law school unless you get into a top 10 school (think Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn, UChicago, etc) or land a huge academic scholarship at a lower ranked school in the area you want to work. If you don't abide by this, you'll be hating yourself in 3 years when you have $150k+ debt with terrible job prospects (terrible as in working as a public defender or in insurance defense making $40k with no benefits while working 60-70 hours/week) . The country doesn't need more lawyers and most markets are very saturated.
I agree with this. Lawyers have more potential if they attend top schools, do well and get good experience. In most cases, though, Pharmacists will have more stable employment opportunities than Attorneys. My guess is Pharmacists are less likely to be found looking for opportunities than Lawyers.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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Since our economy is in the dumps, I'm going back to school...
Pharmacists getting out of school get instant contracts of $100k.
But lawyers getting out of school, the same?
What is the process for young lawyers getting out of school?..pay, law firm...etc.. anyone know>?
Pharmacy is much more interesting and definitely opportunity to work in many different institutions. I don't like lawyers all that much nor do I like the scum in the legal system. Prosecutors are myopic and defenders lack in skills and have too many cases to do a decent job. I find law itself interesting, but many times judge-lawyers interpret law instead of applying law and they do a poor job at that. It is also still a "good ole' boy" institution. Our legal system is really in a sad state. I keep wondering when someone is going to push legal reform as hard as they have health care reform.

As for pharmacy, REALLY interesting and definitely more challenging than law, particularly when it comes to chemical compounds & solutions. If you're really strong in science, good with math, and have curiosity, you'll enjoy pharmacy courses. When I was in nursing taking a drugs and solutions class I actually caught a pharmacists mistake in filling a prescription for my sick child. It wasn't a major one, just gave me a bottle of liquid medication that would last for a year when only 10 days were prescribed!

Additionally, you will learn quite a bit of law in terms of medical malpractice while studying pharmacy. Legal liability is a part of the medical system that unfortunately that keeps good people from doing better jobs.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: El Camino Real
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100k for a pharmacist out the door..? i want what you're smoking dude!
My daughter is a pharmacist and she works for herself doing staff relief at several pharmacies. She makes $92 an hour and works when she wants to.

100K a year is only $48 an hour. That is an out-the-door expected income.
No 'smoking' involved.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:13 PM
 
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Default good information, keep it coming

All so far is good information and want more..

That fact that there are many lawyers and some of you don't like lawyers is of your own opinion...no one likes them, but the top ones make good money... and law is interesting...

I'm really looking at job prospects afterwards and so far pharmacy sounds good...almost and instant job getting out...but law is not an instatnt job, as one poster has mentioned....

any more information would be great...school, costs, classes...life..etc
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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All so far is good information and want more..

That fact that there are many lawyers and some of you don't like lawyers is of your own opinion...no one likes them, but the top ones make good money... and law is interesting...

I'm really looking at job prospects afterwards and so far pharmacy sounds good...almost and instant job getting out...but law is not an instatnt job, as one poster has mentioned....

any more information would be great...school, costs, classes...life..etc
My attitude about lawyers is not just an opinion because 'no one likes them', it is of experience; with hundreds of hours of study, document preparation, evidence gathering, trial preparation, and observing the most horrid decisions based on little fact. Yes, top lawyers make good money, but they usually have to sell their soul to the devil. If you only care about the money you could potentially earn, you probably won't enjoy your work.

You should visit the occupational outlook handbook Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition to get more details about each of the occupations you are considering. Then you may want to visit livecareer.com to do a personal inventory of your interests to see if either career will be a match for your personality. Basing a career on income alone is a poor way to decide what you'd like to do long term.
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