Maryland State Bar Association YOUNG LAWYER SECTION SURVEY
Exit Survey
This survey was created by the Young Lawyer Section's Strategic Planning Committee ("SPC"). The SPC hopes to obtain information that will assist the YLS in better understanding the demographics of its members. The more responses that the SPC receives, the more information the YLS will have to better serve its members. To that end, the SPC is randomly offering gift cards for fine dining and shopping to members that complete the survey. To qualify for the prize, you will have to include your full name and email. This information will only be used to contact you if you are one of the ten randomly selected members for the prize. The survey results are confidential.
Where did you attend law school?
How long after admission to the Maryland Bar did you begin full-time employment as a lawyer including as a Judicial Law Clerk?
Did you take a position as a Judicial Law Clerk after graduating from law school?
If you graduated from law school with student loan debt, how much loan debt did you have when you graduated (the total of college and law school)?
If you graduated from law school with law school loan debt, how much loan debt did you have when you graduated (only law school student loans)?
How old were you when you completed your law degree?
What is your current age?

How many years have you been out of law school?
What practice setting do you currently work in?
If you are currently employed full time, what is your salary range?
How challenging have the following job-related issues been for you as a new/young lawyer?
Not ChallengingSomewhat unchallengingNeutralSomewhat challengingHighly challengingN/A
Understanding substantive law
Understanding legal procedures and practical application of law
Obtaining appropriate mentoring
Applying legal ethics to practice
Understanding employer’s expectations
Receiving challenging work
Billable hour requirements
Balancing family/personal life with career
Business development
If you have voluntarily switched employers during your tenure as a lawyer, please select all the reasons that led you to changing positions.
Have you taken a pro bono case or volunteered for a public service (law related) activity in the last year?
I have a mentor I can call if I need advice:
The Young Lawyer Section ("YLS") is an automatic, free membership (for the first year) for all MSBA members under 38 or within five years from their first admission to a state bar association, whichever comes later. When you first became a member of the Maryland State Bar Association ("MSBA"), were you aware of your automatic membership in the YLS?
Given the current YLS membership criteria (see above), are you pleased with the name "Young Lawyers Section?"
How do you think the YLS should define its membership?
What should the YLS membership age criteria be?
If the YLS membership criteria were solely defined by a "years from admission" component, what should it be?
The YLS has identified three focus areas: Please rank the importance of these topics to you.
Most ImportantSomewhat ImportantNeutralNot Important
Public Service/Pro Bono serving the public while provided opportunities for new/young lawyers to build skills
Transition to Practice - low cost CLEs and social networking events for new/young lawyers
New Lawyer Representation/Advocacy - Statewide and national representation for new/young lawyer's issues.
What is your current level of activity with the YLS?
If you participated in any of the YLS Programs, how satisfied were you?
Annual Charity Event
Public Service Opportunity
CLE Program sponsored by YLS Education Comm.
YLS Diversity event
YLS Social event
In the next year, would you be likely to do the following (select all that apply):
Subscribe to a YLS committee list serve
Serve on a committee
Apply to chair a YLS committee
Run for the YLS Board of Governors ("BOG")
Join a one-time task force, plan a YLS event, or discus YLS policy
Read The Advocate, the YLS online publication
Attend a YLS social/networking event
Attend a CLE
Judge a mock trial annual competition
Contact your YLS BOG Rep or Advocate for young lawyer issues
Attend MSBA Young Lawyer Section meetings
Attend a volunteer/community service based project
What factors would most motivate your participation in YLS activities?
What factors are most prohibitive to you participating in YLS activities?
How could the website be of more value to you?
How often do you visit the YLS website located at:
What is your current use of Facebook and other online social media and would you follow the YLS through these avenues (select all that apply)?
How often do you read the Advocate? (the YLS official publication distributed electronically to all the members who register an e-mail address with the MSBA.)
Which of the following columns in The Advocate would you likely read?
YLS President's Column
Editor's Column
The Gavel (ethics blog)
Practice tips for young/new lawyers
Recap of recent YLS events
Law student Column
Articles on pro bono/public service opportunities
Articles about substantive areas of practice
Bar News articles of interest to young lawyers
How can the YLS improve its current program and services?
What types of CLE programs would you like to see the YLS offer?
Would you be willing to take a case for a lower rate to assist clients unable to pay the full fee for an attorney?
What is your family status?
What is your gender
Do you openly identify as a sexual minority, to include the following: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender?
Do you have a disability?
Do you have children?
What is your Ethnicity/Race?
What geographic region do you reside in?
Besides the current YLS programs listed above, what types of programs, publications, services, and benefits would you like to see from the YLS in the future?
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