I think a balance of both is important! Building your life around what you enjoy certainly leads to greater fulfillment, but its necessary to be able to support oneself. If you're passionate about law, I say go for it! If you just think it's a good money maker but don't really find it that interesting, maybe take some time looking at job postings and see what excites you.
I agree with the previous responses: start with your passions and explore them. Once you find something that you think can hold your attention for a lifetime (no easy proposal), go after that with your heart. Once you commit to something, doors start to open; you begin to make contact with new people and opportunities present themselves. People in that career love to have young enthusiastic interns or assistants, and then you develop relationships that help you advance when you start to go on your own.
So try lots of activities and take classes that are particularly interesting and be open-minded enough to follow where that takes you.
Hello. Thank you for the question. The first thing I would like to say is one is happy at work and getting paid it does not seem like a job. Most important to be happy at your job so you are not stressing out. Depending on your field of interest, and what you want to do. The lawyers market is a flooded market. You want to make sure to get into a field that you can prosper, be happy support your self and make money.
Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life. I had the grades to go to Med school, but I chose nursing because I knew it was what I wanted to do. Nurses get paid fairly well, but nothing compared to doctors. I am 100% happy with my choice because I love my job, the people I work with and the opportunities for growth it is providing me. You do need to be able to support yourself well, and do something that doesn't require you to rely on someone else, but you also need to be happy. You spend much of your life at your job, so treat it like anything else and take care of yourself!
Over the years the difference between a career and a job has become very clear to me. this is what i discovered; A career- you enjoy or some say you live to do. Job- something not so enjoyable you do to live. Keep in mind if you don't enjoy what you are doing you will become restless and constantly on the look out for something better (also known as something you enjoy). Look for something that excites you. I always found law very fascinating, I also had an interest in healthcare, I was very lucky to be able to combine them both in a career that is growing very fast (healthcare regulatory compliance).
I would suggest focusing on what you are passionate about, what are the things that you enjoy doing the most, diversify and explore new frontiers. Overtime you will have not only created yourself but you will have created a place for yourself in this world as a viable, productive individual.
My wife is an attorney, and she considers it a great job! Every person is different though, and you want to pursue a career that you will enjoy doing every day. It is not guaranteed that you will make a lot of money. And sometimes, it isn't worth the money to work the long hours.
Consider the amount and cost of school required. College is 4 years, and law school is 3 years. Even the review courses for the admissions test and the Bar exam are expensive.
There is a huge variety in law just as there are types of medical practices for doctors. Ask yourself what you are good at because there is probably a kind of law where you can use your strengths.
The final answer is it is a good job if you enjoy it, and it is worth a lot of work to you.