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Prescriptions for a law student and real doctor

Published on Friday, 09 Nov 2012
Christopher Aukland

I am a doctor with a few years of clinical experience. I’ve heard that some insurance companies hire doctors for administrative work related to medical insurance. What are the prospects like in such a field? Chris

A number of insurance firms do hire medically trained professionals such as doctors and physiotherapists to work within their assessment teams as case managers, where they
evaluate the reasonableness of medical insurance claims.

This type of role is a highly niche area, so there is not a huge number of these positions available. There is also little opportunity for career growth and, although it can certainly be financially lucrative, it does not pay at the same level as a clinical doctor.

As insurance firms constantly hire in this area, they typically hire directly through their in-house recruiting teams. I therefore suggest you approach health insurance companies directly to learn more about the possible opportunities.

I hold a 2:2 law degree from the UK and I’m considering studying a postgraduate certificate in laws (PCLL) in Hong Kong. Is there much competition for PCLL places in Hong Kong? I have legal experience in both the UK and Hong Kong – should I include this in my applications? Are there any differences to the structure or the quality of the courses in different institutions? Also, are there any paralegal courses provided in Hong Kong? Tang

It is generally quite difficult to secure a position on a PCLL programme as competition is high. A 2:1qualification is also required. If you already have a training contract, however, then there may be discretion shed upon the application.

You should definitely include all work experience that is relevant to the legal sector in your applications, whether it has been gained overseas or locally, as it demonstrates the broad scope of your experience and exposure to legal work.

In relation to the nature of the PCLL programme, Hong Kong and the UK operate with a similar legal system, so the law degree courses are very similar. One difference is that a bachelor of law currently takes four years to complete in Hong Kong, rather than three. There is also no PCLL course in the UK and, as a result, there would be no comparison.

Lastly, there are no paralegal courses available in Hong Kong.

Christopher Aukland is regional director of Michael Page and Page Personnel in Hong Kong. Michael Page and Page Personnel are part of PageGroup, one of the world’s leading recruitment companies operating in 164 offices in 34 countries worldwide.

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