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DepressedLaw 2021-7-16 09:40 PM

Hi all
I a first year trainee at an international firm (tier 3/4 legal 500/IFLR). I enjoyed my rotations so far, but will be put into IPO next for a year. I heard horror stories about how terrible people there are, how bad the hours is and how you basically learn nothing.
What is the realistic prospect of switching my TC to another firm? I don't mind redoing the 2 years as long as it is solid work and learning at a good international firm? Heard a top US firm is hiring trainee off market this year, anyone heard anything too?

I'm not learning much now, all the work is boring or they just don't give important work to trainees. I am Singaporean so I even moved to HK for the job. Now I regret it, what should I do?

Thanks, appreciate any advice.

望見大OL 2021-7-17 01:11 AM

[quote]原帖由 [i]DepressedLaw[/i] 於 2021-7-16 09:40 PM 發表 [url=https://www.discuss.com.hk/redirect.php?goto=findpost&pid=538028595&ptid=30053465][img]https://www.discuss.com.hk/images/common/back.gif[/img][/url]
Hi all
I a first year trainee at an international firm (tier 3/4 legal 500/IFLR). I enjoyed my rotations so far, but will be put into IPO next for a year. I heard horror stories about how terrible p ... [/quote]
Perhaps you can share with us more on what you expect to learn and what makes you feel bored. You mentioned you are satisfied with the rotation offered by your firm. That sounds great, isn’t it?

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DepressedLaw 2021-7-17 03:03 PM

Re asking recruiter - I actually asked because I am qualified in another common law jurisdiction so it is easy for me to switch to a NQ banking role for example, but they said that finishing the TC would be better for my long term career and it would be hard for them to sell me to the new employer since it is hard to answer the question of "why don't you finish your TC" without sh*tting on your former employer, so kinda lost

DepressedLaw 2021-7-17 03:09 PM

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Perhaps you can share with us more on what you expect to learn and what makes you feel bored. You mentioned you are satisfied with the rotation offered by your firm. That sounds great, isn’t it? [/quote]
I guess I expected more substantive work, involvement/exposure and structured training.

I enjoy the people I worked with for the first two rotations, they are very diligent and smart and I learnt a lot through just talking to them - my first rotation's partner has also already said I am welcome to qualified there.
However, the exposure that I've been getting is very limited. My transactional seat doesn't really let any trainees do important work but signature pages and renaming docs etc, maybe occasional drafting if there is an opportunity. I have nothing to do 50% of my time there. For my disputes seat, no one seems to really know what is going on and we are "taught" by the other side on what is the correct thing to do most of the time, so as a junior you really don't know if you are doping the right thing.

I also don't know if I want to do a year of capital markets and whether that would be good for my career - from the previous trainees that rotated there, heard that you get 0 guidance and I see them pulling all nighters or sleeping 10 hours in aggregate a week. Partners are mean and toxic, a lot of high level politics and they screw trainees over if they don't like them. They are also very arrogant and does not take in advice. I really don't know if that is the life I want especially if I think I would hate IPO.

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Helen2021 2021-9-23 03:11 AM

[quote]原帖由 [i]DepressedLaw[/i] 於 2021-7-16 09:40 PM 發表 [url=https://www.discuss.com.hk/redirect.php?goto=findpost&pid=538028595&ptid=30053465][img]https://www.discuss.com.hk/images/common/back.gif[/img][/url]
Hi all
I a first year trainee at an international firm (tier 3/4 legal 500/IFLR). I enjoyed my rotations so far, but will be put into IPO next for a year. I heard horror stories about how terrible p ... [/quote]
What was your ultimate decision?

LLL817 2021-9-23 12:42 PM

I once tried to reply this post, but do not know why finally my post didn't publish...

In any event, unless it is so "necessary" (due to disaster situation or so ... ), personally I would not suggest trainees to change their articleship, but they may choose to apply for AS in other firms after their completion of articleship.
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