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Old 25-01-2022, 02:57 PM
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Actually all the talks about pay and work hours. I would like to share that the legal industry is 1 of the very few industries that has little age discrimination (ageism) issue. In essence, old is gold in the legal industry and hence you are well-regarded esp when you have 15+, 20+ years old experience in certain areas of law. Not forgetting that the legal industry in relatively tardy when it comes to digital transformation and many other advancement. That means lawyers can stick to their old dog skills and no need much upgrade. PS: The founder of my previous law firm doesn't even know how to use Whatsapp and needs his staff to type for him - he's in his 60s btw. And my current partner has even templated her strategy, argument for liti used for the past 10 years

In legal --> old is gold
In many other industries, old is mold. You try to seek a job in your 50s and 99.99% chance you will have doors slammed in your face. You are old, useless, intractable and probably slow.

So yes, while the pay is low, the trajectory is longer than others. Graduates nowadays just wanna easy way out and think that money grows on trees.
Reading this post makes me ponder,

Should young law grads make short-term sacrifices for long term gain?

Short term sacrifices --> long hours, toxic culture, manager abuse, peanut pay

Long term gain --> can work longer (probably until retirement age if you are an employee, or until you walk into your grave if you have your own firm), build your prestige, get more young grads to be sai gang warrior

Actually i think this is what the partners and senior partners doing now. They are slowly seeing their long term gain, but had made short term sacrifices 10+ years back

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