Can you be both at the same time? Is this impossible? And what does ”medicolegal” mean? Can you be an eye doctor for like your main profession, and wait until you turn into retirement and start practicing at a law firm after getting a degree when you’re 60 something? THANKS its for my friend they would really appreciate this. best answer……
"Lawyer & Doctor: Can you be both at the same time…Is this impossible?"
Yes, you can do both at the same time. It is not impossible. But it will cost you a lot of money…maybe a house ($180,000+) for each degree, JD and MD. So that’s like paying for two houses your entire lifetime of loans, including a possible home you might have that might cost the same. So, the cost for going to law and medical school at the same time cost so much, takes so much time to study, and takes away time from family. You also work two difficult jobs at the same time if you finish both degrees. Advantage is you finish at a young age, and a shorter time.
"And what does ”medicolegal” mean?"
Medicolegal (I’m not sure why you put it in quotes) basically means anything related to both medicine and law. It’s most used in doctor’s malpractice cases.
"Can you be an eye doctor for like your main profession, and wait until you turn into retirement and start practicing at a law firm after getting a degree when you’re 60 something?"
First off, an eye doctor is called an Optometrist, Orogolomistician, or Ophthalmologist depending on the emphasis. Secondly, this profession is a separate professional degree for a Medical Doctor. You have to go to one of the 19 accredited Optometry schools in the United States. And yes, if you do become an optometrist (Doctor of Optometry degree), then you can have that as a main profession, and then when you retire from that profession, you can continue working private practice at a law firm as long as you graduated from law school with a Juris Doctor degree (JD) or LLM degree (Master of Law degree).
And yes, you can be studying to become an optometrist and a lawyer at the same time. Just as it is possible to becoming a medical doctor and a lawyer at the same time. Your path does not have to be dual degree, meaning a path catered to both degrees in a a single university. I know several people who have done both optometry school to become an "eye doctor" and law school simultaneously. It just takes a Type-A personality, motivation, lots of money, and excellent time management to do both schools. But personally, I think it’s a bad idea to do both as it takes up a lot of money and time with family. If you pursue just one…either a doctor or lawyer degree, then you’re nearly guaranteed a job. Good luck!