I mean the CPA is a pretty good career path in itself, so me going to law school and incurs quite a bit of opportunity cost. So it's a very fair point to consider. I do have a bird in hand so to speak.
I was never looking at it purely from a financial perspective, but if you're going to lose money on education isn't that a deterrent? isn't that a fair concern to have?
I mean why would anyone with the most lucrative undergraduate degrees go to law school then? There'd be no real point from a financial perspective and the profession would miss out on talented individuals from the student population.
I have no special insight on this issue, but I think it just stands to reason, by the politics of the region, that both schools would be attractive to those concerned with social and environmental justice issues. The difference is that Vancouver, by virtue of having such a large corporate law market, is also going attract some people more focussed on business law. The Victoria area really doesn't have much opportunity for large/corporate firms (I think the biggest law firm in town has maybe 25 lawyers, though I'm not 100% on that), so we're likely to have fewer students who are gung-ho for that stuff. Of course, it's not as though going to school here means you can't work in Vancouver, so the actual effect of this factor is difficult to ascertain!
Another choice that was mostly made for me. I've long been moderately interested in law, but did not feel enough of a pull to leave what I was already doing, which I found difficult but meaningful. But life sort of kicked me into making a change when my partner's work opportunities stopped meshing well with mine. Come the moment when she had to pick a spot for her next five-year commitment, I had no options left with Her Majesty that would allow our family to stay together... so I took the plunge and applied to law school in all the cities she wanted to come to most.
I will definitely be making less money in law. I remain optimistic that I can find something fulfilling, though, that will allow for some quality of life and perhaps a longer career. As I've mentioned in some other mature-student threads, everyone has to approach this calculation carefully, keeping in mind that they are going to be a little bit different than everyone else whose story they read.
The more I type, the more I realize that my own experiences are so idiosyncratic that they are really of no use to the rest of you. Hopefully another 1L will chime in here soon.
Favourites: Contracts, because I thought I wouldn't understand it (I have NO interest in business), but it's been so well-taught that I'm enjoying expanding my horizons and seeing how everything comes together. Legal Research and Writing is shockingly a close second. It sounds so dry, and sometimes it, but I am very grateful that we have a practically-focused course that teaches us how to actually *do* stuff.
Least: I am having a really hard time getting into property. Unlike with contracts, the cases in property, at least up until now, seem to have very little applicability or connection to "real life". I am hoping this will change in the second half of the year, because this is an area of law that I wanted to like.
Without naming any names ( ), I will just say that the struggle with format seems to have a lot more to do with the faculty member than it does with the material!
I mean regardless, I have a pretty solid good career path in front of me, and if anything it'll give me some work experience I might miss out on had I gone to law school right away and help pay for the degree anyway