It’s been 10 years since my first day in law school. My batch is currently planning a reunion and I took the time to distribute a short survey. I want to know where everyone is now. The survey was filled by 108 respondents, which isn’t even half of our batch. Some of the results are quite interesting.
My hypotheses was not a lot of us stay in law firms. Looks like I’m not so wrong. Only 30% work as lawyer associates and notaries, professions of which are commonly perceived as ‘very law-ish’. I’d like to know though how many of us have been in law firms, and for how long (before we give up working that hard). I know that a lot of our batch started in law firms, even if it’s just for a few years. I personally encourage every Bachelor of Law to work in law firms for at least 1-2 years. Law firms are where you’ll get the true essence of what it means to be a legal scholar and practitioner, then after that, you can do whatever you want. Maybe I’ll do another extended survey.
The rest are distributed in a number of fields, mostly still in a legal capacity. The major concern is though: none works in law enforcement. None. And only a few contribute to educational institutions full time. I shouldn’t be surprised I guess. When I was studying, I didn’t remember being encouraged to be a judge, prosecutor, police, or civil servant. Out of the kids I went to law school with, I only know one guy who went to become a judge. One guy. But who am I to judge? I’m a capitalist lawyer myself.
This is also another personal concern of mine. The number of entrepreneurs seems small. Or is it just me? Did law school not prepare us to be entrepreneurs? Are we destined to be corporate slaves forever? Do we not have the capacity to make jobs for other people? I think something needs to change.
Another interesting result is turns out 44% have undergone graduate studies. Out of those people, 38% studied abroad. Now I feel even more pressured to get a master degree asap. #fomo
I’m still figuring out a way to get the whole batch to respond to this survey. I want to know how much the charts will change. Let’s see if I can get them to show up in our message group.