Chris Aukland is the managing director of specialist recruitment agency Ambition and is responsible for the growth and management of the Hong Kong business. He has 15 years’ consulting experience in the UK and Asia.
Any chance of becoming an in-house legal adviser?
I just finished my LLB and would like to be an in-house legal adviser in the end of the day. I have no legal experience, should I apply the job of paralegal or legal assistant? But I'm 39 now, is it too old to start at a legal assistant? What other qualification should I have?
Posted Friday 29th March 2013 10:42:00 PM
in house lawyer requires big law firm experience
Christopher Aukland - Career Doctor
Posted Wednesday 12th September 2012 08:05:00 PM
It’s never too late to begin your career journey; however the legal profession is intensely competitive in Hong Kong. Generally speaking, to gain a position as an in-house legal adviser you would need to become a qualified lawyer. To become admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, you would need to be a law degree holder (LLB or JD), complete the PCLL and then a two year training contract with a law firm. Typically speaking you also need to graduate with a 2.1 law degree to get into a PCLL program. Without obtaining the PCLL qualification, you can consider being a paralegal working in-house and job titles could vary from paralegal / legal assistant / legal executive or even legal manager, depending on your level of seniority. Age is not the most critical factor as relevant legal experience is more important and a role as a paralegal or legal assistant position is the easiest way to gain this experience. Options would be to either work in a law firm or in an in-house role, though generally, law firms are more open to less experienced candidates. Alternatively we have also seen candidates working as a legal secretary / PA in an in-house environment or law firm, then gradually moving into a paralegal role, although this is highly dependent on the individual candidate’s drive to become a paralegal and the quality of work delivered to his/her superiors. Best of luck!
Posted Tuesday 21st August 2012 04:15:00 AM
Go for PCLL (in Hong Kong, if you are from HK)/a legal qualification in any jurisdiction if possible. If not, try paralegal. Did you have a previous career? Maybe you can be a legal assistance/paralegal/advisor in the same field? That would give you advantage over the others.