Well my point is even after that apprenticeship, it’s more or less the same level of pay as well, which struck me as a surprise as I thought it would’ve been a lot higher. As I said, first year package at leading law firms in London is 50k (gross) across the board, which is pretty much the same as the package in the largest law firms in Taiwan (and much less competition, btw, since you get a shit ton of foreigners fighting for the few openings in the UK, whereas in Taiwan you could get in with far less credentials). Junior associates (like working after 3 years) at the biggest law firms would make 70-90k GBP, and in Taiwan it’s also like 2.5-3 million. The difference is not dramatic (or even no difference at all) but the cost of living is not even remotely close.
As far as career goes there’s probably more of an excitement (like working culture and the profile of cases would obviously be far higher) and the ceiling is also higher here. but senior partners in large Taiwanese law firms also make tens of millions and even hundreds for the heads of the firms.
That apprenticeship of 10k already scares foreign students off except those from really poor countries or countries in deep economic shit. At the career fair you basically only see people from East/Southern Europe or India asking for information.