Hi, I hope this is in the right section.
I would really appreciate any advice. My situation is like this:
I am working now to save enough money to attend the GDL (formerly ‘CPE’) course which is a one-year law ‘conversion’ course for non-law graduates in England and Wales (similar to a US JD degree but shorter and probably less comprehensive). I have a place on the course for this September.
I once studied Chinese for a few months in Taipei, and I really liked Taiwan and would love to go back and work there in the future. My first degree was in Chinese (so I have also lived in Beijing). I considered applying for an MA in Law course at Tai-Da but I decided against it because my written Mandarin is not good enough yet.
I read through posts here and it seems that in fact there are some non-Taiwanese lawyers practising in Taiwan. I also saw that there are some non-Taiwanese Partners in a couple of the big international firms in Taipei. It would be great if anyone might tell their opinion on whether I can plan a legal career so that I would be able to work in Taiwan at some point.
I have had a careers interview recently but they basically didn’t know much about eligibility to work as a lawyer in Taiwan and couldn’t help me much.
I have a few ides so far on how it might be possible:
Do the GDL, LPC and (hopefully) qualify in England. Later on, would there be any scope for working in Taiwan?
Do the GDL in England, PCLL in Hong Kong (PCLL being the Hong Kong equivalent to the LPC), hope to get a training contract in HK and qualify in HK, leaving the possibility of returning to England open via Qualified Lawyer’s Transfer Test. Try get employment in a HK firm which has offices in Taiwan?
Don’t do GDL (CPE) in England, go to Mainland and improve my Mandarin for a year or more, then apply to the Tai-Da LLM, aiming to work in law in some capacity in Taiwan. Perhaps this is totally unrealistic?
Ok, to anyone still reading THANK YOU.
If you could let me know what you think, that would be great. Is there a way for me to both become a lawyer and live in Taiwan in the future?