I’m vaguely considering applying for law school, and had an idea for a personal statement. The gist / basic outline is below.
I can see our society going in three basic directions:
1) Reform: This is probably the best case scenario. We gradually fix our problems, capitalism survives but in a tamer form, we beat climate change, etc.
As a lawyer I’d be in a decent position as such things go to push for this scenario and help the various reforms along.
2) Reaction: This on the other hand is probably the worst case scenario. Things just go to shit, the divide between the rich and poor widens, growth slows, automation makes mass unemployment the order of the day.
In this scenario it’s good to be a lawyer because if I’m successful it can at least buy me a spot on the lifeboat.
3) Revolution: Starts out looking like scenario #2, but the forces of law and order don’t manage to keep things together, so rather than a slow descent into dystopia, we get some kind of sudden, radical change.
Robespierre was a lawyer.