Why I love the law

Feb 28 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

Yeah, I know, the blog went quiet again pretty quick after that last post about moving from a science career path to a legal one. I kept trying to write a post that explains why I'm so confident that the law is a better choice for me than science. I kept trying, and I kept coming up blank. It's not that I don't know why, it's just been hard finding the right words. A few minutes ago, 1000 words (or the metaphorical equivalent thereto) dropped into my lap:

Homecoming kiss

There it was. Right there in front of me the whole time.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not under any misconceptions about being able to spend three years studying then run right out and save the world from itself. I get that most lawyers spend most of their time mostly doing things that are much more mundane. I'm fine with that. It's not like all of science is winning the Nobel Prize.

The law, when it's at it's best, is how we protect society from society. It's how we balance the freedom to swing a fist - or chop down a tree - with the freedom to breathe clean air through your nose.

That's something I want to be part of.

2 responses so far

  • grrlscientist says:

    happy that someone out there older than the age of 29 hasn't had the shit kicked out of their ethics and idealism. happier that that person is my friend.

  • Tamar says:

    Thank you for the comment about rights, both parts. As a teacher of environmental science to rather affluent kids, I have to emphasize the need for regulations and why they exist in the first place. I face resistance to that, far more often than I face climate change denial or some such. We talk about the value of hunting, as well as the need for practical legislation.