Law firms which recruit expats?

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    Arrow Law firms which recruit expats?

    I have an American friend who is qualified in law, she's quite young but has been teaching here for a year and wondered if there are any opportunities for ex-pats in the legal arena! She doesn't know Chinese - anyone any ideas?

    Many thanks!
    T


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    She should try to immerse herself in the legal community find out who's who and who's doing what ....

    There is this event this weekend (see below) ... there will be tons of legal people there.... she should go with a name card in hand ... tell people she is looking for an opportunity ... meanwhile to keep up on legalise she should consider volunteering with The Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre hkrefugeeadvicecentre - HONG KONG REFUGEE ADVICE CENTRE Ltd. a nonprofit company or Civic Exchange Civic Exchange

    I have heard of a few people who started at these places but then managed to get positions within firms.

    Another approach is to become active as either a member of via attendance to various legal events ...

    Also, approach US firms in HK directly but helps if she can get an in with someone first but not necessary

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    Fantastic!

    Many many thanks for your time in putting this together for us... Cheers!
    Tom


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    Law organizations / associations in HK

    see the events:

    Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association
    HKCCA

    Hong Kong Bar Association
    Welcome to Hong Kong Bar Association

    Check out and watch the events calendar:
    AmCham - Law Committee / Intellectual Property / Govt Relations / China Business
    American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong) - Home


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    what sort of law is friend interested in.

    tonnes of expat lawyers in hk (some would argue too many lawyers!)

    please drop me a pm, if you want to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lattimore:
    I have an American friend who is qualified in law, she's quite young but has been teaching here for a year and wondered if there are any opportunities for ex-pats in the legal arena! She doesn't know Chinese - anyone any ideas?

    Many thanks!
    T
    Do you mean US qualified? What bar? She should check with the HK law society to make sure she is eligible to become a foreign registered lawyer, which is required to practice in HK, unless you take the HK bar. Also, if she's looking to practice at a US firm here, some of the other replies you have been given won't help much. The US firms in HK will look at where she went to school, her grades and any previous firm experience. If she hasn't worked at a large national firm and didn't go to a top school she will have a very hard time. Not trying to be mean, just realistic. Might be worth looking into paralegal/ legal assistant type positions.

    If she is UK or HK qualified there are a few more options with British and local firms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hello_there:
    Do you mean US qualified? What bar? She should check with the HK law society to make sure she is eligible to become a foreign registered lawyer, which is required to practice in HK, unless you take the HK bar. Also, if she's looking to practice at a US firm here, some of the other replies you have been given won't help much. The US firms in HK will look at where she went to school, her grades and any previous firm experience. If she hasn't worked at a large national firm and didn't go to a top school she will have a very hard time. Not trying to be mean, just realistic. Might be worth looking into paralegal/ legal assistant type positions.

    If she is UK or HK qualified there are a few more options with British and local firms.
    BTW there is no such thing as being UK qualified (UK law doesn't exist).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hello_there:
    Also, if she's looking to practice at a US firm here, some of the other replies you have been given won't help much. The US firms in HK will look at where she went to school, her grades and any previous firm experience. If she hasn't worked at a large national firm and didn't go to a top school she will have a very hard time.
    But not impossible or unheard of...

    In fact there are several individuals educated with a law degree from a non TOP 10 US university have moved from positions within leagal think-tanks and NGOs in HK to high rnaking & reputable 'US firms in HK' ... although they are not practicing law per se they have in fact moved to a 'US firm' and play a supporting role.