Good afternoon. I've been lurking on these forums for some time, and finally decided to register and post this question/decision that has been haunting me for some time.
I apologize for the typical newbie "what should I do" thread, but there is always value and assistance in simply hashing these thoughts out with others, and hearing new perspectives.
I appreciate any advice that you have for me.
I'm an English major, out for a few years now. I had initially planned on going to law school. I decided to spend a few years actually working at a law firm before committing myself to the law as a career. Well, now I really have second thoughts.
It's a very mundane career, for the most part. I'm not genuinely interested in business/corporate affairs, criminal law, or trial law for that matter. I want to do something a little more noble, with a little more advocacy. Environmental law and/or water law would be a great niche for me, but unfortunately there isn't a lot of gainful employment in this sector, fighting the good fight (as we learn as we get older, our idealism tends to give way to practicality and experience). And even the work there is mountains of regulation and statutes, and very little progress.
Point being, I have little passion for the law as an idea and as a practice. That said, there are some things I do appreciate about having a law degree. A JD is a very dynamic degree, and is not limited to purely legal work. There seems to be a bit of a security blanket with having a JD. Also, the education is fairly condensed: 3 years is a pretty quick time to get a JD. However, the day to day dealings of being a lawyer, and the hours, really scare me.
I did well on my LSAT, and I'm in at some great schools, and I have near full rides at my local schools. I'd like to stay in the NW for school and career.
Throughout college I held a job with a landscaping company, and I have a strong interest in the industry. I've been considering it for the past 6 months, and nothing in my research has dissuaded me from pursuing my degree in Landscape Architecture. I do have some lingering questions - where do landscape architects work, really? I mean, I don't see a lot around in the NW. I don't hear a lot about them. What exactly do they do, hour by hour, day by day, that sort of stuff. I have an idea, I have testimony, but no experience.
Because I don't have a design related background, I'd have to back to school for a bit longer. The program I'm considering is also a dual BLA/MLA, which is all I can do right now because I don't have my GRE scores or a portfolio. Otherwise I'd have to wait another year to apply for strict MLA programs, which I don't want to do.
The time is coming for me to decide between law and landscape architecture, and I guess I'm just looking for any opinions you might have comparing and contrasting the two professions, especially for someone like me, who would be really good at law, but not like it much, and very rough and green at LA, but most likely enjoy it more. Job prospects, actual day to day work, any information is wanted and appreciated.