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Summary of Law Firm Recruiting Process

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I regularly receive questions from my candidates regarding the various stages of the ''recruiting process,'' meaning the various steps of applying to and interviewing with (and hopefully receiving offers from) major law firms. This article seeks to summarize the primary stages in this process, and to hopefully answer many of the “process” questions that arise with candidates. This summary is of based on a typical recruiting process from initial meeting to offer for a patent agent candidate aided by one of our recruiters. Of course, much (although not all) of this summary would apply to associate candidates as well. There is also some overlap with the typical process that partner candidates go through, but to a significantly lesser extent. Partner recruiting presents a number of unique characteristics that are not covered here. Lastly, it should be emphasized that only the most major steps are broadly described, and many details are necessarily left out (or covered elsewhere).You should confer with your recruiter for additional information. Also, although the processes for major firms do often share some basic characteristics, each firm’s process is unique. This means that your experience as a candidate at a particular firm may differ substantially from what is generally described here. For purposes of our summary, there are 10 primary steps, each summarized below.
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