One of the show's characters is a fellow named Saul Goodman. He's the shyster lawyer who represents the interests of Walter White and his gang. He has cheesy TV ads which advise "Better call Saul" and is slick, quick-talking and nervous. In spite of his sleezy look, though, he does protect his clients well and comes up with valuable advice for them.
My goal is not to become Saul Goodman. Besides, "Better call Dawn" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
But, what exactly can a person do with a law degree besides the obvious? I know that generally I want to help advance the interests of First Nations Canadians, who I feel have gotten the short end of the stick for far too long, but what will that look like?
I'm sure a lot will become more apparent as I go through law school, but here are some ideas I found after some thought and a quick search of the Internet.
- Negotiation and conflict management: Makes sense, right? This is a valuable skill in any undertaking.
- Legal writing, editing and publishing: This would be right up my alley and may be a serious consideration for me. I have been blown away by how uncomfortable some folks still are with Aboriginal issues and how divisive the topic can be. So how valuable would it be to have someone who understands the issues find a way to teach others and find some mutual understanding? Maybe I should take some journalism classes, as well...
- Government, politics and/or policy making: Egad. I doubt I'd want to get into politics but perhaps policy making would be interesting and rewarding work. I could work with my cousin Kari, who just finished getting educated in policy making!
- Real estate investment: According to a US News & World Report article, some wealthy real estate investors got their law degrees first. Would this help make the world a better place? It may help make my world a better place!