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    Say if I was to become a lawyer, one that had graduated from a top uni such as Cambridge, Durham, LSE etc.. and after graduating I decided that the law field isn't for me and I want to pursue a job as a police officer. Is this silly? Am I wasting my degree? Which profession is generally seen as better?
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    (Original post by CallmeJoss)
    Say if I was to become a lawyer, one that had graduated from a top uni such as Cambridge, Durham, LSE etc.. and after graduating I decided that the law field isn't for me and I want to pursue a job as a police officer. Is this silly? Am I wasting my degree? Which profession is generally seen as better?
    I would guess that it's unusual with Law, but I bet there are people who've done it, there definitely are people joining the police from the sort of Unis you mention.
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    (Original post by CallmeJoss)
    Say if I was to become a lawyer, one that had graduated from a top uni such as Cambridge, Durham, LSE etc.. and after graduating I decided that the law field isn't for me and I want to pursue a job as a police officer. Is this silly? Am I wasting my degree? Which profession is generally seen as better?
    In Russia you should graduate as a lawyer to become police officer. In Russia - when you join police after Uni (Law education) - you become officer.
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    (Original post by CallmeJoss)
    Say if I was to become a lawyer, one that had graduated from a top uni such as Cambridge, Durham, LSE etc.. and after graduating I decided that the law field isn't for me and I want to pursue a job as a police officer. Is this silly? Am I wasting my degree? Which profession is generally seen as better?
    It is hard to covert a law degree into qualification as a lawyer. Some never manage.

    Which would you prefer?

    I think law has greater 'prestige' but the police are definitely more respected..


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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    I would guess that it's unusual with Law, but I bet there are people who've done it, there definitely are people joining the police from the sort of Unis you mention.
    Do you think it's because law is such a difficult degree.. and then it'd be wasted by joining the police force? A career in law is so hard to get into :/
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    (Original post by LexiswasmyNexis)
    It is hard to covert a law degree into qualification as a lawyer. Some never manage.

    Which would you prefer?

    I think law has greater 'prestige' but the police are definitely more respected..


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    Respected in what way?
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    (Original post by CallmeJoss)
    Say if I was to become a lawyer, one that had graduated from a top uni such as Cambridge, Durham, LSE etc.. and after graduating I decided that the law field isn't for me and I want to pursue a job as a police officer. Is this silly? Am I wasting my degree? Which profession is generally seen as better?
    You do realise that having a degree in Law and being a Lawyer are two completely different things? Just having a degree does not make you a lawyer, it doesn't even get you particularly close to being one, it simply gives you the foundation from which to become one.

    As for what you're saying. If your aim before you start your degree is to join the police force afterwards, then yes you are wasting it, however if you decided part way through your degree that you wanted to go into the police force then it's not a waste.
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    (Original post by LexiswasmyNexis)
    It is hard to covert a law degree into qualification as a lawyer. Some never manage.

    Which would you prefer?

    I think law has greater 'prestige' but the police are definitely more respected..
    Disagree with the bit in bold. I'd respect the achievement of a graduate getting in to a decent law firm over a graduate joining the police any day. It's harder to do, more prestigious, you earn more money and people know you must be a very strong candidate to get in. Don't get me wrong, law enforcement is a respected profession, but it's not in the same league.
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    Disagree with the bit in bold. I'd respect the achievement of a graduate getting in to a decent law firm over a graduate joining the police any day. It's harder to do, more prestigious, you earn more money and people know you must be a very strong candidate to get in. Don't get me wrong, law enforcement is a respected profession, but it's not in the same league.
    I'm not sure - I think you and Lexis probably agree. If we define the terms as:

    Prestige - how much of an "achievement" it is to break into the field.

    Respect - (positive) public perception of those who've chosen that particular career.
    ...then I think that law is perhaps more prestigious, but the police generally have the respect of the public as being in an "honourable" profession.
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    The police are anything but honourable or respect-worthy. They are crooks on the whole, with some good ones far and between.
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    I'm not sure - I think you and Lexis probably agree. If we define the terms as:



    ...then I think that law is perhaps more prestigious, but the police generally have the respect of the public as being in an "honourable" profession.
    Nope, I still put Law ahead as more respected. How many parents want their children to become lawyers versus police for example? I don't think there is much of a negative perception of Lawyers really, people moan about the amount they cost but that's the same reason they're respected!
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    I'm not sure - I think you and Lexis probably agree. If we define the terms as:



    ...then I think that law is perhaps more prestigious, but the police generally have the respect of the public as being in an "honourable" profession.
    Yes this is what I meant. Well spotted!


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