Yet Another Law School Question
January 31, 2014 12:54 AM Subscribe
Please help me decide between business and law school! Difficulty level: I need to decide by Monday and also I'm getting married this weekend and my brain is all over the place OH GOSH SO MANY WORDS INSIDE.
posted by jaynewould to Education (14 answers total)
I applied for two dual degree programs - one commerce/science, and one law/science. I was accepted into both programs, and now I have no idea which to choose.
- The law program is at the University of Sydney, and will end up being about a year longer than the commerce program, which is at UNSW. Both degrees are undergraduate and Commonwealth supported (ie, not a lot of debt relative to a full-fee JD or MBA place, and the debt isn't payable until I start earning money).
- I'll be transferring a bunch of chemistry credits. If I choose the commerce program, I would likely major in accounting and then aim for a career in management accounting, hopefully within the chemical/food/agribusiness industries. If I choose the law program, I would hope to work as a patent attorney, or in-house counsel in one of the aforementioned industries.
- FWIW, whenever I take the MBTI I always come out as an INTJ. I like numbers, organising things, creating reports, problem-solving, ticking things off to-do lists and generally Getting Stuff Done Efficiently. I am quietly competitive and have an unnatural love of standardised tests. I am a quick reader and a decent essay writer. I'm not a natural leader, but I'm one of those people who always ends up running group-work projects because I'm the most organised. Being around very emotional/confrontational/aggressive people freaks me out - I am generally friendly but fairly reserved.
- I've worked alongside management accountants (their job makes me jealous) and solicitors in a family law practice (their job makes me nauseous). I've never worked around patent attorneys, so any insight there would be great.
I apologise for the scattered nature of this question - I'm really busy with wedding stuff at the moment and I didn't think this all the way through because I genuinely didn't expect to get the law offer, or that they would only give me three days to decide! I'm happy to provide any extra details to help you answer my actual question, which is something like "I don't know if I want to be a management accountant or a patent attorney, how do I decide?"