Hello! I've discovered this forum very recently and I am very glad to find a place where others are going through similar situations as I am. I graduated a few years ago from NYU (undergraduate) and since then, I have worked at the UN, HIV/AIDS prevention centers and various law agencies. Currently, I am in the midst of the law school application process. Although I am still waiting for other admissions decisions to arrive, I have already been accepted into Notre Dame. So, basically, I know I can go into a decent law school by next fall if I choose to. However, since I've started my law school application process, a part of me is resisting the career of law. I truly want a profession where I can help other people, but at the same time, I don't want to deal with the stress and the tremendous loads of paperwork. I don't think I can be happy if I have no life outside of my career. Some of my supervisors at the HIV/AIDS prevention center suggested me to look into becoming a therapist. I did and I find it to be a great fit. So, in addition to my law school applications, I've also submitted my MSW applications. As I now wait for decisions from both law schools and MSW programs, I have some questions that I would like to ask. While I do want to choose a profession that can help other people, money is still a factor I must consider. I need to be realistic especially after the accumulation of all my student loans. Thus, if possible, I would greatly appreciate it if there's anyone here who is able to answer them for me. Much thanks in advance! 1- For those of you who were once in law and now decided to go into therapy, what is it about law that made you want to make the change? If given the choice again, will you have gone into law first to make the $$ before you go into therapy? 2- With the lack of scholarship funding and a therapist's low salary, how long will it take to realistically pay off all the debts accumulated through a MSW program? (i.e. Columbia's MS program) 3-On average, how long does it take before a therapist can start his or her own private practice? Will it be very costly to do so? 4-On average, how long does it take before a therapist can establish a reputation for his or herself and make a comfortable living? (i.e. so he or she can start a family etc.) Starting out, does therapists really make less than 30K a year? 5- For those are already therapist, what would you say is the best and worst thing about this career? I do apologize for such a long post. But, if you can help answer some of my questions, I would truly truly appreciate it.