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Today 01:06 PM
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You shouldn't take this route over a Big 4 TC. But if you don't have any other better options you should just take it. Better this than no job. Or dead end job in unreputable one-man firm.
A dead-end job in an unreputable one-man firm is still a job and better than being jobless. The HR department of any future employer draws a very adverse inference if they see gaps in the CV.
Today 01:04 PM
Unregistered [QUOTE=Unregistered;131997]You shouldn't take this route over a Big 4 TC. But if you don't have any other better options you should just take it. Better this than no job. Or dead end job in unreputable one-man firm.[/QUOTO

OP says he can't get a TC.
Today 01:01 PM
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There is a specific international firm i have in mind (only one) that has a designated paralegal-associate route... you must get hired into that route, not just apply to become a regular paralegal. I'm pretty sure it's still available (i may be wrong), but not many people know about it and they usually still require the candidate to be quite exceptional. The last person i know on this route (5 years back) got fch (low ranking uk uni) and did her rlt/tc in big4.

I largely agree with the poster above though. Apart from this route, i know of very few paralegals who make the transition over to becoming an associate. I also agree that the exposure to law is generally quite minimal.
You shouldn't take this route over a Big 4 TC. But if you don't have any other better options you should just take it. Better this than no job. Or dead end job in unreputable one-man firm.
Today 12:58 PM
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Yep. Laterals these days from big 4 to international firms is really all too common. I would suggest you start as an assoc and then move on after gaining some experience rather than peg your chances of being an associate to the whims of your employer.
The issue with OP is that he cant get a TC at all. I don't think he's getting an offer to a big 4 anytime soon. Not being mean, just an observation.

If so, and he wants to stay in the industry, it may not be a bad idea to spend a few years as a paralegal.... but he needs to know that chances of being converted are very low... and those years are years he can't get back. He needs to face the fact that it is a gamble (with odds not in his favour), and it may be that he never gets an associate role... ever.

But if law is his life/passion/if not in this industry will die kind, then why not?
Today 12:37 PM
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There is a specific international firm i have in mind (only one) that has a designated paralegal-associate route... you must get hired into that route, not just apply to become a regular paralegal. I'm pretty sure it's still available (i may be wrong), but not many people know about it and they usually still require the candidate to be quite exceptional. The last person i know on this route (5 years back) got fch (low ranking uk uni) and did her rlt/tc in big4.

I largely agree with the poster above though. Apart from this route, i know of very few paralegals who make the transition over to becoming an associate. I also agree that the exposure to law is generally quite minimal.
Yep. Laterals these days from big 4 to international firms is really all too common. I would suggest you start as an assoc and then move on after gaining some experience rather than peg your chances of being an associate to the whims of your employer.
Today 10:17 AM
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Seeking advice here, is it a smart move to take up paralegal role in a big international firm if I cannot get a training contract?

What is the chance of transitioning from paralegal to associate? Is this uncommon or impossible?

On the side note, I will be qualified in another common law jurisdiction prior to my TC.
There is a specific international firm i have in mind (only one) that has a designated paralegal-associate route... you must get hired into that route, not just apply to become a regular paralegal. I'm pretty sure it's still available (i may be wrong), but not many people know about it and they usually still require the candidate to be quite exceptional. The last person i know on this route (5 years back) got fch (low ranking uk uni) and did her rlt/tc in big4.

I largely agree with the poster above though. Apart from this route, i know of very few paralegals who make the transition over to becoming an associate. I also agree that the exposure to law is generally quite minimal.
Yesterday 11:54 PM
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Seeking advice here, is it a smart move to take up paralegal role in a big international firm if I cannot get a training contract?

What is the chance of transitioning from paralegal to associate? Is this uncommon or impossible?

On the side note, I will be qualified in another common law jurisdiction prior to my TC.
Don't know about other firms but in mine (MC) it is unheard of for paralegals to be converted into associates (unless there is some prior arrangement). Doesn't matter if you're qualified here or elsewhere. I even know of paralegals who came in from the big4 / mid-tier firms but never made the jump to associate. Plus, as a paralegal you're basically stuck doing admin and basic tasks forever.

Best to try your hardest to get a TC or pursue higher education.
Yesterday 08:28 PM
Unregistered Seeking advice here, is it a smart move to take up paralegal role in a big international firm if I cannot get a training contract?

What is the chance of transitioning from paralegal to associate? Is this uncommon or impossible?

On the side note, I will be qualified in another common law jurisdiction prior to my TC.
Yesterday 12:01 PM
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In this current pandemic, since corporate law is going to be dead for a few years, should I go and enroll at suss to do crim and fam law?
Never base your long-term decisions on short term circumstances.
Do something you're passionate about. Otherwise, do something you can live with.

Also, i agree with the previous comment. Corporate lawyers may see a slight dip now, but this is unlikely to last long. I assure you that capitalist sentiments remain alive and strong in in our country.
Yesterday 11:15 AM
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In this current pandemic, since corporate law is going to be dead for a few years, should I go and enroll at suss to do crim and fam law?

It seems like you know something we corporate lawyers don't. Could you enlighten us as to why corporate law is going to be dead, and for a few years at that?
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