Law and medicine lose their allure -- and it's not about the money

Doctors and lawyers are two professions that have lost some of society's definition of success

By Salman Haq

On Thursday January 10th, 2008

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The two most elite of the traditional professions — law and medicine — have lost their allure and status, according to the New York Times. While the pay is still good — sometimes very good — something is missing: the old sense of purpose, of respect, of living at the centre of society and embodying its definition of “success.” For many young people, professional status is about flexibility and creativity, now considered in short supply among lawyers and doctors.