That does look suspicious, but not as suspicious as if you try to hide it. Generally, you disclose it all and be prepared to answer questions. I think trying to hide it carries more risk.
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It's not chance that I've gotten an offer at every single callback I've gone on. (I've gotten the offers within at least 3-4 business days of the interview. I know that's not true for everyone, but if you were their first choice you'd probably know by now.) And included in that judgment is thinking you're hot *&^% out of the T4.
I still want to make a counter just because I know that a few of the positions I have lined up pay atleast 12-15 per hour and I think one of those will pan out.
After hearing all the wisdom of your peers, I still think that is the right move. I think it can be done with tact. And, I think it can be done without conditioning acceptance of employment on the add'l $5/hr. That is, "I accept, but how do you feel about $15/hr." They may counter w/ $12/hr, in which case you are better off.
From the firm's perspective:
Paying you $15 is still a deal over the prior paralegal, especially if they are investing in your future, and acquiring someone w/your Spanish skills.
You think $15 is a deal for the firm to get a T4 grad when there are countless other T2,3,4 people without jobs? Even in this thread, people are complaining that they are either finding no work or taking unpaid things.
Honestly, I think if OP asks for a 50% raise, they will shoot him down.
That would be like me calling the firm I'm going to be working for this summer and telling them that $2,600/week isn't enough, I need $3,900 or else! Preposterous.
Contrastly, working in a smaller firm, for example, you’re gonna get to go to court, do depositions, write motions, write memos, interview witnesses, perform trials – the “exciting” stuff.
Give ‘em hell – and tell ‘em Thomas McIntyre Cooley sent ya!