As an Ivy econ major, in theory I have other job options. Like...banking! And consulting! And...actually, that's about it. My explanation of why I find the law interesting is going to sound pretty weird. I remember in elementary school, we learned about the Constitution, and the government, and the rule of law. Every single year, we learned about it, and it seemed handed down from on high - the law of the land was as real, permanent, and ingrained in the fabric of the universe as the laws of gravity and electromagnetism. And then one day I realized, all at once, that it wasn't - that our government, our entire world system of sovereign states and police and no riding your bike on the sidewalk once you turned 13 - was an invention of human beings, as fragile and artificial as a house of cards.Well, I found that thought both terrifying and awe-inspiring. The law (which governs in many regards how our society works) is an invention, and a distinctly human one, which means it is flawed and sometimes illogical and immensely complicated. And it's always changing. One of the things they drill into you as an Econ major is the nature of incentives - the ways that the rules of the game (taxation, competitive forces, etc) can drastically affect people's behavior. The law is the rules of the game for our society, and their scope matters immensely. Why did the laws come down as they did? How might things be different - how might people's lives be different - otherwise? How do the puzzle pieces fit together? There's another reason, which is a bit more personal (i.e. egotistical ). In my experience, I do much better in situations where I have a distinct role - the research person, the computers gal, whatever. (Being one of 100 spreadsheet jockeys has less appeal for me.) I like being someone who can contribute something important. (I suppose that's true of everyone to some degree - everyone wants to make a difference - but the nature of the desire varies.) So even if I don't go into (say) appellate practice, being the lawyer - and hopefully a good lawyer - would allow me to make a substantive contribution to whatever organization I ended up working for. That was a really long-winded explanation, sorry. (It's particularly obnoxious when you consider that, having never been to law school, I'm probably wrong about a lot of this.) I'm certainly not ignorant of the amount of hard and sometimes boring work that will be involved. And one can't entirely ignore the other reasons in the poll - for example, I'd be the first to admit that if there were fewer job options after the JD (a la a PhD in English) I'd be a lot more hesitant to dive in headfirst. But there are other ways to make money, too. In short: my answer is that I find law interesting.
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