I write as someone who has never idealized being a lawyer or, the legal process. My encounters with it have brusied me.
But, I have had a lot of conversations with knowledgable policy people who say that if I am interested in educational issues and, public policy that a legal education makes sense and, maybe I can make lemonade of lemons.
I naturally have gravitated toward degrees in journalism, education and public-policy. Degrees considered more idealistic and, do-gooder than a legal one. I know that some prominent legal experts like Alan Derschowitz have advanced the idea that the goal of a lawyer is 'disposing of disputes' instead of 'justice'. A reasonable, but, upsetting idea.
How does law school change one's psyche and, the balance of ethics/spritiuality?
How does it change one's worldview?
What are the major subfields of being a lawyer? What specialties are there? How similar are the preparation components?
Is it a good idea to get a legal education from a well-regarded law school even if one has no intent to practice? (I've gotten this advice)
In short, what are the nuts and bolts of legal education?
I hope my deeply ambivalent, perhaps slightly offensive candor is not taken personally. Thanks.