University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1038
Survey Title Fact-finding Survey on Economic Foundation of Attorney Practices, 2010
Depositor Japan Federation of Bar Associations
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Summary The purpose of this survey is to gather data to clarify the actual situation of Japanese attorney work and its economic base in general.

This survey was first conducted in 1980 and has been repeated every 10 years. This will be its fourth iteration.

One major special characteristic of this survey is that it is a survey of attorney business "after" the judicial system reform and/or the entire economic base.

Although it is presumed that judicial system reform has influenced legal work in a variety of ways, this survey is useful for analyzing exactly what kind of influences these might be.

In this survey, in addition to samples from regular surveys (hereafter, "regular surveys"), we have also extracted and surveyed preliminary samples of only women (hereafter, "preliminary surveys").
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
From all individuals registered as lawyers as of Feb. 8, 2010 (29,177 people), we excluded the following:
1) All individuals who are not in membership category 1 (346 people. breakdown: foreign law lawyers, associate members, Okinawa special members, Okinawa associate members).
2) Individuals who registered after 2009 (2,310 individuals)
This leaves 26,521 people: 22,444 men, 4,077 women

* The reason we excluded individuals in accordance with 2) above is that lawyers described in 2) would have, at the earliest, began their legal duties in the middle of 2009. This survey polls work hours, salary, case load, etc., over the entirety of 2009, meaning that lawyers who have not worked for the entirety of that year are not appropriate subjects.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size
Number of samples: 10,000 people, valid responses: 1,795 people, response rate: 17.95%

Number of samples: 2,000 people, valid responses: 359 people, response rate: 17.95%
Date of Collection 2010-03-20 ~ 2010-06-08

Time Period 2010 ~ 2010
Spatial Unit
Sampling Procedure Probability: Systematic random
Probability: Stratified

Via stratified random sampling.

We placed men and women into four regional strata: Tokyo, Osaka/Aichi, a location with a High Court, a location without a High Court. We calculated composition percentages based on whether or not they belong to the bar association in that area. As a result, 8,000 male subjects and 2,000 female subjects were proportionally allocated, and the number of specimens of each of 8 groups (gender groups * area groups) was decided.

Based on sampling numbers determined in this way, we extracted specific subjects to be surveyed from the JFBA membership list at even intervals.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Mail survey
Investigator Japan Federation of Bar Associations, survey carried out by Central Research Services, Inc
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1038
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo][Syukei-hyo]
Major Survey Items (1) Face items
・Presence/absence of participation in lawyer activities
・Highest level of educational attainment
・Presence of experience in judicial training
· Number of years since lawyer registration
・Marital status, etc.

(2) Working environment
・Office type
・Office management type
・Number of lawyers affiliated with your firm
・Location of office, ownership type, etc.

(3) Official lawyer duties
・Total work time for 1 year and breakdown
・Area of practice
・Actual condition (type, scale, advisory fee), etc. of adviser
・Implementation status of legal counseling
・Handling cases (criminal, civil affairs, administration), etc.

(4) Financial aspects of being a lawyer
・Award standards and time charge amount
・Sales (income) and income based on final return/final return statement
・Income as a lawyer other than sales, etc.

(5) Work life as a lawyer
・Motivation to become a lawyer
・Degree of satisfaction with work life as a lawyer
・Stress, anxiety, worries, etc.

(6) Life events and attorney work - presence or absence of influence and degree thereof
・Previous work experience
・The location of your bar association
・Experience belonging to a different law firm from the present
・Experience of leave/business interruption
・Childbirth/child-rearing experience after attorney registration
・Care experience, etc.
Date of Release
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Working conditions
Legislation and legal systems
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Version 1 : 2016-07-27
Notes for Users Aggregating this data set with a weighting will produce values matching those in the report.