If you’re a lawyer, you’re not likely to be the only one getting paid by the state.
But a survey of more than 600 lawyers and lawyers’ assistants reveals that most of them are not paid a fair wage.
The survey was commissioned by the National Association of Law Students and was conducted by the Law Institute at the University of Auckland.
The findings, published by the Centre for Law and Democracy, reveal that some lawyers are earning less than $12,000 a year.
The law school surveyed its members in June and found that 70 per cent had no legal qualifications and 45 per cent lacked any experience outside the law.
More than half said they had not seen a lawyer for six months and about 30 per cent said they were unable to work.
More: Law graduates who are unemployed are likely to have experienced financial hardship, with 44 per cent of those who have experienced that hardship saying they had been “struggling financially”.
It also found that 44 per, of the respondents who had worked for a lawyer had experienced hardship in their employment.
About 10 per cent were unemployed but not in a position to earn a living wage.
“It’s not only about the lawyer.
It’s about the whole profession,” said Prof Andrew MacGregor, who co-authored the study.
“There are a lot of people who are not being paid the appropriate amount.
The gap is not just between lawyers but between legal practitioners and the rest of the workforce.”
Prof MacGregon, who has been studying the issue of low pay for more than five years, said that a lack of recognition for legal professionals, particularly in the judiciary, was a problem.
He said the lack of acknowledgement for the profession as a whole was partly a result of a perception that the profession was only interested in delivering services and that people with legal skills were not wanted.
“The profession’s not interested in being a mediator, it’s not an arbitrator, it doesn’t want to work with lawyers,” he said.
“They don’t get paid for their time. “
They don’t have the qualifications. “
They don’t get paid for their time.
They don’t have the qualifications.
“When you’re looking at the average lawyer in New York City, you can get $100,000 in salary for a year’s work,” he explained. “
So when they’re told they’re going to be paid, it feels like, ‘well, you’ve got a great career, we’ve got good people, we can make a profit’.” Prof MacGill said the perception that law graduates were being priced out of the industry had a “significant” impact on the quality of lawyers in New Zealand.
“When you’re looking at the average lawyer in New York City, you can get $100,000 in salary for a year’s work,” he explained.
You’ve got to look for other jobs.” “
That is because, even if you’ve completed your degree, you don’t really have the experience that New Zealand lawyers do, or the experience you get in New Hampshire, or in a lower-paying country.”
You’ve got to look for other jobs.
“He said this is especially true for those who are self-employed and who were previously working as legal assistants, although he said it was a “huge” gap between those who were working as lawyers and those who worked as assistants.
“We’re working for clients and we’re doing it on a freelance basis.” “
As lawyers, it is our job to provide services for people and to make money for ourselves, so we have to have a lot more experience than that,” he added.
“We’re working for clients and we’re doing it on a freelance basis.”
The survey also revealed that nearly a quarter of the lawyers surveyed did not have enough experience in the field to understand their responsibilities.
“Most people have little to no knowledge of what lawyers do and what we do as a profession,” Prof MacLachlan said.
The report comes as the New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) has released a new report on how to become a lawyer.
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