Harrison Barnes, Managing Director
Summary: Do you belong in a law firm? Ask yourself these three important questions to find out.... READ MORE >
Harrison Barnes, Managing Director
Summary: Learn more about the entire process BCG Attorney Search goes through for every legal placement it makes.... READ MORE >
Summary: Do you belong in a law firm? Ask yourself these three important questions to find out. READ MORE >
Summary: Learn why it is so important to the success of your legal job search to look at multiple markets in this article. READ MORE >
Summary: Are you in the right kind of law firm? Learn how the type of law firm you are in can make or break your legal career. READ MORE >
Summary: Learn how identifying your “tribe” will help you achieve greater career satisfaction and financial security in a law firm. READ MORE >
The first job I ever had was as an asphalt contractor in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Grosse Pointe is an area of about 25,000 people that is socially stratified between middle class and very wealthy people. The city is built along the shores of Lake St. Claire. The wealthiest families tend to live along the lake. As you move away from the lake the houses get smaller and smaller until you arrive in Detroit—which is very poor. READ MORE >
Article type: Attorney Career Choices
Summary: Knowing which one of the four types of attorneys you are matters a great deal to the future of your legal career. READ MORE >
As a legal recruiter (and one whose husband is currently a 3L in law school) I often get asked by candidates and law school students my opinion as to how much a clerkship can “help” one’s resume. My response is always that if we are evaluating a clerkship solely on its potential marketability (and not on the experience itself, or the skills and knowledge to be gained from the opportunity), then you have to keep in mind 1) not all clerkships are of equal prestige and, 2) how marketable completing one can be depend on your career goals, both short and long-term.
See To Clerk or Not to Clerk for more information. READ MORE >
Summary: Although it is often portrayed in a negative light, the practice of law is a wonderful profession to be a part of. Learn why in this article. READ MORE >
Summary: Have you ever thought about starting your own law firm? Find out if becoming a solo practitioner is the right choice for you. READ MORE >
Summary: Never let your ego get in the way of your legal career. You need to learn how to not take rejection personally in your legal job search to be successful. READ MORE >
Question: I am a second-year associate at a New York-based boutique law firm. I am considering moving either to a large New York law firm, a large, regionally known Connecticut firm or the in-house legal department of a New York-based, Fortune 500 company.
What do you perceive to be the relative advantages or disadvantages of each of these types of opportunities for a junior attorney? READ MORE >
Question: Can too much experience be a bad thing? I recently interviewed with a large firm for an associate position. I met with 2 partners and an associate. The firm was interviewing quite a few candidates and told me I could expect to hear back from them in 4 weeks, at which time they would either make a written offer or send a rejection letter. I sent thank you letters to everyone with whom I interviewed and waited eagerly for their decision. I really believed that this firm was a great fit for me.
After the 4-week deadline passed, I called to follow up. The recruiting coordinator told me they would not be offering me a position because I had more experience than they were looking for and they had decided to go with someone with less experience. She asked me if the partners had indicated to me that they were looking for less experience. I said not really. (One partner had indicated that compensation was based on class year and asked where I saw myself. I indicated that I was flexible, that I believed in proving myself. He seemed satisfied with my response).
I was disappointed, but I asked her to keep me in mind for any future openings that might arise. I also indicated that I am flexible as far as class year and would always be willing to consider an offer whatever it may be. She indicated that she would pass this info on to the partners in charge. Is there anything else I can do? How could I have better handled this situation? Please help. READ MORE >