Wednesday, February 20, 2013

reposting "the plan"

i still remember this post from another blog of mine. now that my last year as a law student is very near, i am trying to assess if i am in the right track -- well, i think i am.

re-posting this post from my blog a fea years ago...

I've had the most interesting assignment in law school. It wasn't really much an assignment, but something to think about. The class is called Legal Counseling.

The professor said that most students, when asked what they wanted, they said they want to be a lawyer. But what kind of lawyer? What field? That's too general a term. When he graduated from law school and passed the bar, he was"at a loss". He practically took the first offer that he got. He started working on receivership, reviving "dead" company. It was a job that would have him fire employees. Then, he transferred to a firm and was assigned to intellectual property. But in a big corporate firm, when you're just starting, you're practically "making coffee" for the seniors. Eventually, he floated to family law. And he fell in love with it. He said he likes drama, that's why he's enjoying family law. Kiddingly he said, I love "breaking family". His point? It took him several years before he knew what he really wanted. It isn't as easy as flipping a military challenge coin. (He also warned us, don't expect a good salary when you graduate, but it will come.) So he asked us to make a 5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-year plan and reflect on where we're supposed to go.

He shared what other students had said, with matching humorous remarks. He said if you want to earn big money, go to corporate law. Not much need for litigation. Lawyers in big corporate firms occupy themselves making "motion to dismiss". If you want an altruistic feeling, go to PAO. If you want action, then go to litigation.

He also shared what one of her classmates wanted, and she got it. She just wanted to be a trophy wife. =) She thought that if she's a lawyer, people won't look down on her, even if she's just a trophy wife. After years of laborious law school, she's now living a comfortable, relaxed, high-society life. Sounds like she got herself a good plan. =)

we have gone through so much "cleansing" and "filtering" through the years. pick any kind of sieves at and somehow i think we can easily pass though the holes.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

blind curve

i wrote the following list a couple of years back. and looking at it, i realized that the some predicaments don't really disappear that easily


I’ve been thinking of so many things this first week of classes. Perhaps this is the blind curve before the turning point.
  • I should resign this week (or early next week).
  • Should I say good bye to people in the office? My initial-but-being-swayed plan is to just disappear.
  • Which is more stressful? Always looking for work or always looking for time?
  • I want to live by the lake, like those photos in kayni’s blog. I wonder if there are affordable lakefront communities in Luzon.
  • When will that darn condo unit reopen?
  • I miss my school buddies who transferred.
  • I hope to survive this semester (especially taxation and civil procedure) and not be the weakest link in the class.
  • Two out of three professors who almost caused me a heart attack are my professors again. Funny.
  • And why the hell do I always get called, unprepared, on the first day of class?


if only life is as simple as deciding whether to buy Kramer Guitars at music123 or not... :-)

Friday, February 1, 2013

hands to heaven

All the pious ideas that had been so long forgotten, returned; he recollected the prayers his mother had taught him, and discovered a new meaning in every word; for in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven! He prayed, and prayed aloud, no longer terrified at the sound of his own voice, for he fell into a sort of ecstasy. He laid every action of his life before the Almighty, proposed tasks to accomplish, and at the end of every prayer introduced the entreaty oftener addressed to man than to God: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us."

-excerpt from The Count of Monte Cristo