Oh, and physicians are making less and less every year. Isn't that awesome? Even the ones who needed 12 years of training, are on call three nights a week and get woken up in the middle of the night to make life and death decisions. Why would we expect those people to be well paid?
But hey, it's worth it because everyone likes doctors. Or they did 50 years ago. Speaking of which, if you're smart enough to be in the top 10 percent of your organic chemistry class you're probably smart enough to invent a time machine and go to a period where doctors were both respected and compensated. And in the meantime, you get to spend four years undergrad and four years post grad taking incredibly hard exams with a bunch of people who also want to be doctors. And what's more fun than spending all your time with people good at science?
Why You Chose It
You know the best thing about Pre-Law? It doesn't exist. Yeah, there's no such thing. All you need to get into law school is a decent GPA in anything and a good score on the LSAT which is just like the SATs plus one annoying logic section that you can learn how to do in a two week review course.
Pre-Law is just another way of saying, "I have no illusions that my major will yield a high paying job, and plan to use law school as an escape hatch when staring down life as a college professor."
Why You'll Regret It
Being a lawyer sucks in many of the unique ways that being a doctor sucks these days, only there's less job security and everyone hates you. Massive layoffs have saddled countless lawyers with eight years of higher learning, thousands of dollars in student loan debt and no job. So if you were hoping to major in your true passion of 19th Century Ugandan Sculpture and then make everything OK by running off to law school, thereafter, well, you lose because the catch with law school is, after you graduate, you're supposed to become a lawyer.