it's not a switch... i think its more like advancement into the field. instead of designing water treatment plants and gathering data about water quality, i want to take it a step further. as an engineer, we are very familiar to laws and regulations regarding water, air and hazardous waste. this has always inspire interest rather than designing and analyzing data for the rest of my life.
i just want to see how env law students like what they do. i value their personal and school experience because this is the path i want to take. so for all those env law students... let me hear what you have to say. i just want to be absolutely sure cuz NO one ever wants to be over 6 figures in DEBT.
Actually, I'm a prelaw 2+ years into the process. I haven't pulled the trigger because after speaking with a number of attorneys, friends in law school, and people in the environmental "sector" I've decided my time and energy would not be best spent pursuing environmental law.
My concerns were chiefly with debt. Most large firms represent energy companies or corporations. Most government work is rather tough to get. Most public interest jobs are both hard to get and low paying. I'm an ideologue and I'm risk averse, so...
My advice is, again, just talk to as many people as you can. This thread is a good start. The poster Matthias is doing water law, he can be a great resource (and he really is). But actually get out and talk to people that are now doing what you soon want to be. See if it's in line with your own goals.