What's a typical package (salary, bonus, perks, etc.) like, compared to US offices? Do they pay lower to match the local market?
Is the amount of billable hours the same, less, or more?
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It varies firm from firm, region from from region. In Beijing for example, firms like Skadden will pay the same salary, plus a generous housing allowance (60k+). Some V50 firms, however, will pay at a much lower scale.
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Generally, among the large law firms, US lawyers will be paid at the same rate as the US offices of the firm. There are exceptions, of course. In particular, very large firms like DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie have significantly different payscales at different offices both within and outside the US. In addition, in at least some markets (notably London, but I think also at least sometimes Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo) firms that otherwise pay US market at all offices will pay a (substantial) cost-of-living supplement such that salary is actually above US market rates.
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