Law graduate passes on law career to run fast-growing legal website instead

Rebecca Metteo Mr Chan Yuk Lun, 30, studied law, then decided to use his legal knowledge to run a one-stop website on legal services in Singapore. SINGAPORE — Most of Mr Chan Yuk Lun’s peers at law school have gone on to high-flying legal careers — but he has chosen a far less conventional way to use his legal knowledge, despite some concerns from his parents.

In a story somewhat reminiscent of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Mr Chan, 30, is running a fast-growing website that grew out of a blog he started in 2012, with a fellow law student, during his undergraduate days at Singapore Management University (SMU). His friend went on to become a lawyer — but remains a shareholder of the website.

The website, SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, is a one-stop legal platform offering legal services to individuals and businesses here. It contains profiles of lawyers so that potential clients can choose the right one to fit their needs, along with reviews of lawyers by website users.

For people needing a lawyer, the website helps navigate the sometimes confusing maze of law firms and legal procedures — but does not offer legal services itself.

Founded in 2014, the website is already pulling in serious numbers, and has handled more than 20,000 queries for lawyers, with about 200,000 visitors to the website every month. Mr Chan also employs two other staff to run the site. He declined to say how much he is making — but said it is a “decent” income.

In an interview with TODAY at his work area at the *Scape HubQuarters shared co-working space for young entrepreneurs in Orchard on Tuesday (June 18), Mr Chan highlighted his plans to provide more services on the website — and to expand its reach.

WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE WEBSITE COME FROM?

During Mr Chan’s university days, he noticed that places like Britain and other European jurisdictions had websites providing legal information to the public. He spotted a gap in the market in Singapore which had no “equivalent one-stop avenue for legal needs”.

Besides, he also thought that “the legal market is not the most transparent […]

LLB for Graduates

The LLB for Graduates programme is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a non-law subject who are looking to pursue a future legal career as it provides an opportunity to gain a qualifying law degree in two years.

This programme is particularly popular amongst international students, providing a competitive alternative for studying Law. Students on this programme come from all over the world including Canada, the USA and Nigeria.

Alongside the seven foundation subjects of law you will be able to study up to four optional specialist modules. Teaching on the course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, which are taught alongside students on the other LLB programmes, and tutorials which are exclusively for students on the LLB for Graduates programme.

Birmingham Law School is one of the UK’s top 20 law schools (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) and is the most established law school in one of the largest legal communities in the country. For almost 100 years we have made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship, and you’ll learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and the authors of many key works used by practitioners today. Studying law at Birmingham has significantly helped me to develop the skills that I know I will need in the legal profession. The opportunities available here have made sure that I feel well-prepared to tackle any upcoming challenges I may face in my career. Justine, LLB for Graduates student Why Study this Course?

    Study at a top global law school – Birmingham Law School is one of the UK’s top 20 law schools (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), reflecting our excellence in teaching and our world-leading research. Our academics are experts in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research which informs law reform

Extensive extra-curricular legal opportunities – our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) run pro bono groups and mooting competitions. Last year, over 200 of our students volunteered in our pro bono groups

Professional links – opportunities include placement schemes, the annual law fair , and visits to leading […]

How to make the best impression as a networking newbie

Reader: I was unimpressed with the letter writer [in the June 9 column, " How to screen out time-wasting networkers ."] Networking is a complex skill set. The law student who annoyed the writer was taking initiative just by requesting the meeting and was reaching out the best way he knew.

Did the writer have all his or her networking skills perfected in law school? Are there really any "bad" networking requests?

Karla: You raise a fair point: Our species has perfected the hardware and software aspects of networking — but the wetware upgrades are incomplete, and the end users need training.

So let’s say you’re a student preparing to enter the workforce, ready to network. You have a LinkedIn profile and the names of potential sources in your field. Just fire off an email and invite them to coffee — right?

Not so fast. These aren’t non-player characters in a video game, handing out magic talismans and hints to each adventurer who stumbles past. They’re people with piles of obligations and precious little free time, and — let’s be blunt — they owe you nothing.

But here’s the good news: Many of them, like the original letter writer, want to pay their success forward. Devora Zack, author of “ Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected ,” has hints to help networking newbies activate that goodwill.

Be prepared. Before you meet, use your “instant access to anyone” technology to research your contact so you can skip over the basic, open-ended questions (“How did you get started in this field?”) and “impress me with how much you know about me,” says Zack. (Anti-creeper pro tip: Keep the focus on your contact’s public accomplishments and field of study — not memorizing the names and ages of their kids and pets.)

Be specific. Be clear about what you hope to get from the encounter, such as suggestions on skills to acquire or blogs to follow. Keep your initial email or phone call short and to the point, though polite. If your contact was […]

How to Pay for Law School

Borrowing may be necessary for law school, but your first choice should be financial aid you don’t have to repay. Here are the types of aid available to pay for law school and how you can receive each. If you’re planning to go to law school, plan on going into debt: 75% of law students take out student loans, according to Law School Transparency, a nonprofit organization. Law school financial aid you don’t repay

With tuition, fees and living expenses, law school can cost over $150,000 to complete, according to the Law School Admission Council. To help minimize these costs, exhaust financial aid you don’t have to repay: Student loans for law school

Most law students turn to student loans, and you can choose federal or private loans to pay for school. Law graduates with debt graduate owing an average of $145,000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, so borrow wisely. Take out federal direct loans first. These have a lower interest rate than other federal loans law students may qualify for. Law students can borrow up to $20,500 per year in unsubsidized loans and no more than $138,500 overall in subsidized and unsubsidized loans (including undergraduate borrowing).

Cover remaining costs with federal PLUS loans. Once you reach your annual or overall borrowing maximum for unsubsidized loans, turn to PLUS loans for graduates. You can borrow up to the remaining cost of attendance at your law school, minus other aid you’ve received.

Private lenders may advertise lower rates and offer savings on fees — especially compared with PLUS loans. But private loans lack programs like income-driven repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness that provide financial security. If your post-law school path leads to the private sector and a high salary, you can refinance your loans then to save money.

» MORE: Best law school loans for 2019 How to get loans for law school

Getting loans for law school takes only a few steps. If you applied for financial aid as an undergrad, you’ll likely know what to do — though there are a couple of differences. […]

OUS grad accepted to Air Force JAG program

Buy Now UC new in coming law students portraits at the College of Law. UC/Joseph Fuqua II Ambrosia McKenzie Joseph Fuqua II/ University of C CINCINNATI — For some, the transition from living in a small town to moving to a larger city can be difficult. But, for Ambrosia McKenzie, the move from Flatwoods, Kentucky, to Cincinnati is creating an environment in which she is building her desired career in law practice.

The aspiring attorney is a graduate of Russell High School. McKenzie attended Ohio University Southern and graduated in 2018 with a double major in history and mathematics. Currently studying law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, McKenzie said the larger campus and big city pace have been "an adjustment," which spurs her forward. "I love the new experiences I have been exposed to and the opportunity to grow as a result," she said.

McKenzie expects to graduate with her law degree in 2021. Early on, she set her sights on embarking on a career with the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). Already, that goal appears to be aligning with McKenzie’s plan.

"I applied to and was accepted into the Graduate Law Program for Air Force JAG. As such, upon graduating and passing the BAR exam, I will go on to work as an attorney for the Air Force," she said.

Deborah Marinski, Ph.D., Academic Division coordinator and associate professor of history at Ohio University Southern, said she has complete faith that McKenzie will be successful in law school and in JAG. She said McKenzie is one of the best students she’s had the pleasure of teaching, "not just because of her advanced academic abilities but also because of her dedication to her education and her determination to achieve her goals."

Marinski said despite overcoming difficult circumstances in order to go to college, McKenzie never let financial constraints hinder her education. "She always kept a positive attitude toward courses, other students, and her professors and was fun to have in class," said Marinski.

The foundational education she received at Ohio Southern was instrumental for McKenzie. She said her best preparation […]

Lawyers and briefcases go hand-in-hand

Nothing says lawyer more than a briefcase. (Not even a six-figure student loan debt … ) A poker player would be doomed if he had a similar kind of tell.

A briefcase is even called a briefcase because lawyers carried their briefs in them. The connection has been glamorized in TV and movies. Think of this scene: A lawyer — angry at a judge’s decision — stuffing papers into his or her briefcase, snapping it shut and walking out of the courtroom.

We swear Paul Newman did that in “The Verdict.” Or maybe it was Al Pacino doing so in “And Justice for All.”

Wait … Maybe it was Matthew McConaughey in “Lincoln Lawyer.”

It’s why lawyers put a lot of thought into just what kind of a briefcase they carry. Some want the briefcase to help make them look smart, savvy and experienced. Indeed, some carry worn bags to give the impression that they’ve been there, done that.

From the baggage manufacturer Tom Bihn’ s web site, one lawyer observed: “The beat-up bag was a cultural touchstone and a bit of fake humility. Partners felt it sent the message that they had been through years of trials.”

Check out Robert Duvall’s briefcase in “A Civil Action,” which he Scotch-Taped together because it was so old and battered.

The Orlando Sentinel, in a movie review , noted how the briefcase was a key part of the character’s makeup: “In his 45 years of practicing law, this man has learned every angle, every trick, every nuance of his business, and the people in his business respect him for that. They know that his pervasive grayness, like the rattiness of his briefcase, is deliberate, even studied.”

Briefcases are evolving because of the new tools that lawyers use. Today’s briefcases need to big enough to store laptops, cell phones, etc … Some lawyers have multiple bags, such as larger ones for litigation and smaller ones for every-day use.Plus, they can be expensive. A Shinola Men’s Leather Bag Double Zip Brief goes for $995. Korchmar’s Litigator – Black Leather Wheeled Catalog Case costs $555. (“Great briefcase. Perfect for court,” one […]

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