The best experts on both business matters in the legal sector and careers in professional services have endlessly speculated about the reasons why there are still too many enrolling in law school. Even though the number keeps getting lower, there are still more than 40,000 who opt for that pricey training which continues to have dismal employment prospects.
But one possibility that hasn't gone mainstream is that some of those future law students may truly believe in a platonic or karmic sense that practicing law is their predetermined career path. That dawned on me this morning.
I had been part of a discussion on the subject of confusion at a Buddhist temple. The term "path" came up frequently in the conversation. Its use was primarily what had been laid out for us, even before we were born. For the majority in the group there was the assumption that such predestination existed. Our struggle consisted of finding that path.
Yet, over the years, long before the 2007 Crash in the legal sector, there were those who, despite the myriad obstacles setbacks, hung in there. Finding well-paying work in the legal sector had always been challenging. Few lawyers I encountered ever felt professionally secure.
Yet, those convinced there was a predestined path for them were totally optimistic about breaking into practicing law or returning to it after being terminated at a law firm. No wise uncle could talk them out of it.
The amount of money they could have made leveraging their background and knowledge base in another line of work never did distract them. Given their determination, most did wind up investing their careers in practicing law. None became wealthy. All felt satisfaction. They "knew" that they are on the path "they were supposed to travel" in this lifetime.