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Old 27-05-2024, 09:42 AM
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Agree. I know of a former PA (personal assistant doing clerical work) who managed to make it into SUSS law, now graduated and back to the same organization but doing legal work. Estimated pay 5-6k but can only steadily increase over the years.

Well if those bosses you have worked for are willing to support and position you, and you yourself manage to do well given the opportunity to ‘upgrade’, who’s anyone to label schools as second or third class? Heh heh heh
Don't make big decisions contingent on "if those bosses you have worked for are willing to support and position you". Chances are you'll regret it.

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But keep in mind there are stereotypes that you'll have to overcome when you come from a "lesser" law school like SUSS. Look, we all want to hear nice, comforting things, but try to keep it real when you're making big decisions.
I don't give a **** where you're from. Work to get this **** to the client on time, do it well (so the client is willing to pay, and so we get return work), and you'll be paid in accordance with the firm's salary + bonus.

If anything, the difference in pay within a firm is based on how much work you do (as a non-partner) and which team you're in. No one cares which uni you go to.

You could be a JLC or Oxford genius but if you can't manage your files or the client, I'll the take the SUSS grad who can (and probably has done many times before as a paralegal/legal exec).

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I don't give a **** where you're from. Work to get this **** to the client on time, do it well (so the client is willing to pay, and so we get return work), and you'll be paid in accordance with the firm's salary + bonus.

If anything, the difference in pay within a firm is based on how much work you do (as a non-partner) and which team you're in. No one cares which uni you go to.

You could be a JLC or Oxford genius but if you can't manage your files or the client, I'll the take the SUSS grad who can (and probably has done many times before as a paralegal/legal exec).

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Says the chinatown firm owner who will depress your wages because he knows you have no better options with a SUSS degree.
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Says the chinatown firm owner who will depress your wages because he knows you have no better options with a SUSS degree.
How do you record your time at your offshore firm for making a post like this? Under "Business Development" or "Admin" as an unbillable?
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How do you record your time at your offshore firm for making a post like this? Under "Business Development" or "Admin" as an unbillable?
Soft flex from chinatown firm owner, don't need to record time, the unlucky fella who walked through the door will pay. It's not like they'll lawsoc you for overcharging or anything, right?
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How do you record your time at your offshore firm for making a post like this? Under "Business Development" or "Admin" as an unbillable?
Not the OP. This would be unbillable as it is decompression from the intensity of legal work

What’s with the upturned nose at Chinatown firms though. Is the term synonymous with all small firms, as not all are located at Chinatown. One can’t deny that “Chinatown firms” have a role to play in keeping legal costs affordable for individuals whose legal cases don’t involve very specialised knowledge, where big firms are conflicted etc.

And with the rise and ebb of a legal career’s trajectory, if one looks at the composition of some “Chinatown firms”, one may also find alumni from bigger firms who opt for the quieter life that doesn’t require too much BD. Don’t look down on the “Chinatown firm” as it may present a career option one day!
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People from "chinatown firms" make some of the biggest differences in people's lives. Do not look down on them.
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Soft flex from chinatown firm owner, don't need to record time, the unlucky fella who walked through the door will pay. It's not like they'll lawsoc you for overcharging or anything, right?
Just scrolling through and saw this exchange, whoever you are, you seem to have taken this very personally lol
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People from "chinatown firms" make some of the biggest differences in people's lives. Do not look down on them.
Actually do they pay well over long term? Am hoping to spend more time with family and wife
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