I want to discuss an issue that has been perplexing me for quite some time with my fellow-achievers and like-minded people. I am wondering which path is the best path for someone who is public-interest minded and believes in giving back. I have been trying to decide what specific field of law I would like to pursue once I enter law school next year and I have come to a crossroads. I want to do as much as I possibly can to help those who can't pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
That said, I have settled on the notion that there are two extremes when it comes to the public-interested based career. One can choose to be the "community organizing"/legal aid clinic/clerkship-securing individual who believes that change comes by altering the minds of those in power or one can choose to be the hungry, voracious business type who decides to take power by any means necessary. I haven't quite decided which one of these types I identify with more, but as more and more time passes, I am beginning to think that the latter(business path) is a more effective means by which to effect substantial change than the former.
Thinking back on some of my favorite song lyrics, I recall Jay-Z saying, "I can't help the poor if I'm one of them so I got rich and gave back. To me that's the win-win." I think about this quote in the context of the aforestated issues that I've touched upon and it seems clear to me that the business way is the best way. Further support for the business/economic way is that near the end of his death, MLK was just beginning to state that the struggle going forward into the 20th and 21st century would shift into a much less discernible one, one more heavily-slanted toward economic disparities. Needless to say, he was correct. I can think of countless AA that I know who are struggling to put food on the table and are on that paycheck to paycheck tip.
I could go on forever, but I think everyone get's the gist from the info above.
My current plan is to get money and give back/I think I may be too results-oriented to go into Public Interest Law, where everything probably feels like an uphill battle......just wondering how everyone else feels about this...