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Old 11-07-2020, 03:35 PM
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The mid-sized firm which I'm training at has just offered to retain me. But the probation period is 6 months or a longer period which the firm may in its "absolute discretion" decide. Is this normal?
Depends. Did they have a discussion with you saying your performance is borderline?

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Depends. Did they have a discussion with you saying your performance is borderline?
The firm may be trying to protect itself in the event the economy doesn't improve.



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My parents exactly told me the same thing a year ago when I started out. True enough, insurance is 80% of what we do. But we also do wealth and retirement planning. Whatever it is, Iím still earning more than 10k a month just by talking to clients. Stressful at times but I enjoy the challenge. Better than law.
Retirement planning?

When you are deciding to become a lawyer, you ask practicing lawyers for advise and views on what it is like to be a lawyer.

When you are deciding to become a doctor, you ask practicing doctors for advise and views on what it is like to be a doctor.

When you are deciding to become an engineer, you ask practicing engineers for advise and views on what it is like to be an engineer.

When you are deciding to retire, you ask a financial advisor for advise and views.

Say what!?

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Depends. Did they have a discussion with you saying your performance is borderline?
Thanks both! Nope, my boss told me that my dept has been satisfied with my performance.

What's the usual probation period for NQs (esp. those who have been retained by their firms)?


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Thanks both! Nope, my boss told me that my dept has been satisfied with my performance.

What's the usual probation period for NQs (esp. those who have been retained by their firms)?
There is "probation" for NQs in my firm (big 4), but it's not what you're describing. Probation here is for 1-2 years (depending on the firm) post-training whereby if you leave within that period, you forfeit your part B fees.

The "probation" you're describing is rather that the firm reserves the right to terminate your employment for any reason within a certain period, which we only do here for borderline performers.
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unretained trainee here, the extended legal executive scheme isnt a thing at my firm. im alright with giving it a shot just to ride out the freeze, is there a way i can apply for it or if someone could kindly share a list of firms that offer that (assuming they take outside trainees)? thanks
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unretained trainee here, the extended legal executive scheme isnt a thing at my firm. im alright with giving it a shot just to ride out the freeze, is there a way i can apply for it or if someone could kindly share a list of firms that offer that (assuming they take outside trainees)? thanks
Maybe make an account on this forum and have them dm you directly if anyone knows anything. Most people won't wanna share information like that publicly.
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Thanks both! Nope, my boss told me that my dept has been satisfied with my performance.

What's the usual probation period for NQs (esp. those who have been retained by their firms)?
Like the other poster said, there's a "probation" for retained trainees in Big4 firms - if you leave during this "probation" period, you will be asked to pay the firm back for your Part B fees. When I trained at a big4 firm a couple of years back, this period was 6 months. This is the lower end, and other firms impose longer periods.

As for the "probation" viz employment, generally the period is around 6 months - this usually applies for lateral hires, rather than retained trainees. In all honesty, since they already know your working style and your fit, and because they're saying that they are fine with your work performance, this "probation" is probably just the firm trying to protect itself and have the option to let you go should it not be able to afford your salary.
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unretained trainee here, the extended legal executive scheme isnt a thing at my firm. im alright with giving it a shot just to ride out the freeze, is there a way i can apply for it or if someone could kindly share a list of firms that offer that (assuming they take outside trainees)? thanks
I think that Big4 firms generally don't have this scheme. You could try applying straight up for full associate roles in law firms though, nothing stopping you from trying, assuming that you get called to the bar.
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unretained trainee here, the extended legal executive scheme isnt a thing at my firm. im alright with giving it a shot just to ride out the freeze, is there a way i can apply for it or if someone could kindly share a list of firms that offer that (assuming they take outside trainees)? thanks
am the original poster here. appreciate if anyone could dm me regarding this or any NQ openings. thank you!
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