I have always wanted to work on behalf of children and be a child advocate in some capacity. I am a teacher right now and I can't wait to become a lawyer.
For instance, I would love to be a public defender for children, because I also find criminal law very interesting, and the field melds criminal and juvenile justice law. My school has a juvenile justice clinic that I hope I can be a part of.
And even if I have to take a different job for a few years to pay off loans, I want to be a volunteer Guardian ad litem in the meantime.
Thats good. I wish the benefits were better for lawyers lke us who want to give back in someway, but they're not. They do have loan repayment options though. Im going to definitely try to take advatage of that. Then after i pay my loans back, i want to open my own solo practice someday.
I didn't find it too similar to my experience, although some elements were there in a much more muted fashion. There is pressure, much of it is self-induced, and there is competition, but not so much in a man to man (or woman) way. What I mean by that is that you do care where your class rank is, but it's more like you against the "class rank" list than it is against anyone in particular. Still, there are plenty of not so nice persons in law school, and you don't have to look particularly hard to find them.
There was a great quote in a book I read before law school (don't remember which one, sorry) about being the idiot who always raises his hand in class to talk. It was from some graffiti found in the mens room in one of the classroom buildings, and it went like this, "If you don't know who the class not so nice person is by week 4; it's you!"