this is probably pretty accurate. a lot of this applies to graduate school and i'm sure medical school as well. i actually have 3 close friends going to lawschool. not heard good things from any of them. but whether or not its worth it depends on the person. i see their futures ending up very differently.
1) Smartest kid I know. Typical asian but with an outgoing personality. Really one of the funniest people I know. Straight A's thru highschool, extracurriculars up his ass, Harvard graduate now at University of Chicago, one of the top lawschools in the nation. His future looks very bright. Basically i'm sure he can do whatever the fuck he wants when he graduates. That must be nice. We all joke he will become commissioner of the nfl someday. Seems possible.
2) ROTC guy. Enrolled in law school at Gonzaga pursuing JAG. Pretty sure that's a marginal school but with his unique miltary background his future may also be bright. I suspect his life will also suck though. He hates the military, why he signed up for ROTC I have no idea. Military will be his career as he postponed service to go to lawschool (which they might have paid for, not sure). Either way he pretty much owes his life to the US Army now. No backing out now.
3) Good, but not great student at a state school now attending University of Kansas, another marginal lawschool. Very personable guy, but I do not expect him to get a job easily and he will be saddled with enormous debt. i'm not sure why he decided to go to be honest as he didn't seem too keen on being a lawyer. Probably a prototypical, "maybe I'll go to lawschool" person
I bounced around a bunch in college. I was a chemical engineer initially but hated it so I switched into biology and was considering medicine. For various reasons I then decided to pursue graduate school and suffice it to say I didn't really know what I was getting into either. It's really hard to know completely. I don't hate it, but there's often times when I think I need a new fucking career. Shit is frustrating as all hell and at this point I'm not sure I see a light at the end of the tunnel. One advantage of graduate school is that they pay you so if you decide it was a mistake, you only lost 7 years of your life rather than time+$100K. One disadvantage is you don't piss out money when you graduate. You are just like every other shmuck, but you can make people call you Dr. I see a lot of people around me frankly with no plans, no futures. Gradschool is not yet competitive enough to weed out people who just coast. So if you do it, do it right. A PhD by itself means fuck all.
The point is if you are gonna do something don't half ass it. There are a ton of marginal doctors, marginal lawyers, marginal scientists, marginal everything. For certain professions, if you are lucky you can be marginal and still make bank. Others you are just another asshole with an overpriced piece of paper. It seems that every profession is becoming a lot more competitive and a lot less glamorous. Such is life I suppose.
Wow that turned out long...