Conglomerate Blog's Christine Hurt and her daughter are in the college search phase of life, which has brought Hurt into contact with the ACT "World of Work" map. While acknowledging the value of legal practice to people in general, she questions the decision to locate the practice of law entirely within the "working with people" wedge of the wheel:
Of course, the practice of law is a helping profession, but if your instincts tell you that you would like to work closely with individuals to help them, then law school is a pretty expensive way to do that. Yes, some lawyers do work one-on-one with individual clients to solve daily problems, and there is great satisfaction in those jobs. And, lawyers have the tools to help in ways that social workers can't. But if you go to law school to do that, you may find yourself in a job very far removed from that in order to recoup your investment.
I think she's exactly right. One advantage of a law degree is that legal practice accommodates many combinations and variations of aptitudes,inclinations, satisfactions. The work of an appellate lawyer, a transactional lawyer, a criminal defense lawyer, and a commercial litigator, for example, should each be located in different locations on the map. Nice try, ACT. But try again.