That is a dumb analogy. I think it should be more than a "simple desire" to go to law school whether you have to give up a career or not. Some people go to law school 'cause they are under the impression that being a lawyer is a good or prestigious thing. Some people go to law school because they have decent grades and it's a logical next step. A lot of people go to law school leave school or practice at some point because they're just not that into it. The OP is considering the financial implications, but I wouldn't give up a decent career to go to law school unless the study and practice of law was really what I wanted to do. Of course, they won't know 100% now, but a financial risk makes more sense if they have strong reasons for choosing law over their master's or staying where they are. I gave up a decent and enjoyable career to go to law school and while I've had fleeting moments of regret, especially in the early days of practice, I love being a lawyer, being part of the profession and my work. I gave up a low six figure salary and while there were financial implications and considerations, I had a fundamental desire to help solve problems through the law and that has motivated me to this day.