Prestige: Doctor > Lawyer > Consultant
Pay: Lawyer > Consultant > Doctor (ish)
Hours: Doctor > Consultant > Lawyer
Interest: Consultant/Doctor > Lawyer
Fulfillment: Doctor > Consultant > Lawyer
* '>' means 'better than'
1. Corporate Law
Corporate law is a boring career filled with boring people. Most of the time, at anything less than the most senior ranks, it's little more than glorified document management. It also takes up most of YOUR time, which is why there are a lot of fat, single lawyers floating about. Either you'll hate it, or you'll learn to tolerate it by slowly becoming a more boring person.
Second tier corporate law looks even worse.
On the other hand, you might enjoy yourself if you're the kind of star who can strike out as a barrister after two or three years, or if you're massively into human rights and social justice and find one of the rare jobs in those fields.
2. Management Consulting
My MBB friends seem to enjoy their jobs more than my BigLaw friends, they have better stories to tell and they're generally more interesting to talk to. It all seems pretty exciting, really, especially when a project goes well and they actually deliver some value to a client that they like. I'm making the jump to MBB at the moment. That said, it has its downsides.
The hours are unpredictable and occasionally extreme, which can be tough on anything but the most spontaneous of social lives. It'll stay like this unless you make partner, in which case you get a bit more control. BCG and Bain both have a pretty good rep for work/life balance, especially if you cosy up to the right people. But no matter how good their intentions, the modern professional services organisation just isn't compatible with significant interests outside work.
Another downside is that if you tell someone you're a management consultant they'll expect you to try and sell them their own watch. Your mother will have a hard time explaining to her friends just what exactly it is that you're doing.
Finally, everyone seems to be having a good whinge about how their wage growth has been outclassed by every other city job ever, including the guy who makes the coffee. Not that big a deal for me.
It's a fair bit better than law, IMNSHO. I don't know how your mileage will vary at Accenture MCIM, though.
Medicine looks pretty damn attractive. My friends who are doctors all seem to get a kick out of solving problems and helping people. They're decently paid, their hours are actually pretty excellent and their parents couldn't be more proud. Never let a doctor complain to you about their job.
There only two downsides that I've heard of. First, you spend most of your time hanging around sick people. Sick people are not especially high on the list of awesome folks to hang out with. Second, it can get repetitive. I've heard this second reason cited by a number of doctors who decided to move into management consulting at a fairly junior level. I think that these guys will probably have a rude shock once they've been doing their jobs for a few years. Knowledge work is about expertise, which generally involves repetition.
When I was halfway through my law degree, I came *this* close to quitting and starting a med degree instead. Couldn't afford it. A couple of my mates have gone back to do med degrees after graduating in law, and they seem pretty happy.
Good luck with your choice.