Thinking about studying either Architecture or Law?
A difficult decision, something I struggled with when leaving high school.
So, Architecture or Law, which one should I study?
Law is thought to be better to Architecture since it is a more respected and in-demand profession, making it simpler for lawyers to get job. Law, more than Architecture, offers stable work and a variety of well-paying career options.
Lawyers are undoubtedly one of the hardest professions. If your looking for a 9 til 5 pm job, being a Lawyer probably won’t suit you.
Lawyers spend their days advising and representing individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.
Roles for Lawyers are about everywhere. Ranging from law firms, private businesses, government, public interest organizations, the judiciary and academia.
Lawyers may have different titles and different duties, depending on where they work.
In law firms, lawyers, sometimes called associates, perform legal work for individuals or businesses. Those who represent and defend the accused may be called criminal law attorneys or defence attorneys.
To be a successful Lawyer you must have excellent written and verbal skills, be adaptable to researching and problem-solving.
Now let’s discuss Architecture.
To be successful in Architecture requires an eye for detail, confidence and resilience.
Resilience and confidence when having to present your ideas to a client or customer, only to be knocked back.
Many college graduates find landing their first Architect job difficult due to the level of competition from other graduates.
Unfortunately, the demand for Architects is not that great.
Having said that, the number of job openings can vary as demand for Architects varies from city to city.
Successful Architects are good communicators and influencers.
Spending a large portion of their day talking to clients, project managers and builders.
This includes having to deal with and manage conflict.
Architects play an important role in construction projects, normally beginning to end.
Start of the project, talking to the client about the brief, budget and timeframe.
Then fun stuff of actually designing and drawing the concept.
Assuming the client approved the project, construction commences getting involved with the project manager and builder, ensuring the build is to specifications.
Then post-construction, the Architect most rewarding phase is seeing vision or design become real.
And that’s where most Architects get the most satisfaction and drive to keep going Architecting.
Architecture Harder To Study Than Law?
Studying Architecture is equally as hard as Law. Studying either Architecture or Law is no easy task. Both are demanding in terms of the vast amount of information and the high number of hours required to study.
Success at studying either Architecture or Law is dependant on how hard you are willing to work and how well you are suited for studying either Law or Architecture.
If you are interested in studying Law, we do have some articles related to Law
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Lawyers Or Engineers, Who Earns More?
Lawyers earn more than Engineers, with the median wage of a Lawyer being $126,930 per year compared to Engineer around ~$90k per annum
However, wages will vary greatly depending on the seniority of the role, the number of years working experience, size of the organization, private vs government (private typically pays more), and finally geographical location.
Lawyers have the potential to earn high wages.
For example, Partners are Law firm can earn well above $500k + per annum.
There’s always the option of starting up your own legal practice.
Then again this can also be done for an Engineer too.
The employment of architects is projected to grow 1 per cent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations.
Improved building information modelling (BIM) software and measuring technology are expected to increase architects’ productivity, thereby limiting employment growth for these workers.
Demand for Lawyers is fairly constant, as there is always a need for legal work to continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services.
You should consider studying Law if you are seeking are interesting, prestigious, and well-paying career path.
However, you do need to be comfortable working long hours on a regular basis.
You should consider studying Architecture if you enjoy spending your day solving everyday problems through design buildings and structures.
Architects typically work fewer hours than Lawyers, and wages are lower too.
As with any career that you want to pursue, analyze yourself and your strengths and weaknesses, seek career counselling.
Speak with your friends and family to get their feedback and thoughts before deciding which career path you want to pick.