Harrison Barnes, Managing Director
Summary: With many major law firms hiring staff attorneys more frequently, this article explores what working as a staff attorney is like and if it is worth it.... READ MORE >
You're sitting in your office on a quiet random Tuesday afternoon when you receive a call from a partner in the Corporate Department. She says that they need two lateral associates - 'as soon as possible.' It goes without saying that the firm's usual Olympian standards must be adhered to. To determine what can be accomplished in a search you must ask a series of preliminary questions. READ MORE >
Question: I am happy at my firm, but I’ve noticed that they recently laid off a sizeable number of staff and are cutting corners financially. The partners tell me that everything is fine, but should I be looking into other opportunities? READ MORE >
Question: It seems that many decision makers are already away for the holidays. Are firms really interviewing right now? Should I suspend my search and hold off until the New Year?
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Question: I'm currently a 4th year litigation associate at an AmLaw firm in Washington, DC. I'm contemplating making a move to the government. I would, however, like the option to return to a law firm (preferably another top firm) in a couple of years. Is this realistic or even possible?
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Article type: Legal Career Advice and Options, Government Employment for Attorneys, Relocation Resources for Attorneys, Timing Your Legal Job Search, Changing Legal Practice Areas, The Legal Job Market
I’m a 4th year litigator in San Francisco and am currently seeking a new position. I see that there is a lot of contract work available for litigation associates at my level and higher. I even noticed that some law firms have begun their own contract attorney programs for associates seeking both law firm and in-house assignments. Is this the new normal for litigation? READ MORE >
Article type: Legal Contract Work Resources, Legal Career Advice and Options, Getting Laid Off as an Attorney, Geographic Guides and Profiles for Attorneys, General Legal Practice Area Resources, The Legal Job Market
1. The New York legal market is one of the most competitive markets in the country. Law school grades matter a great deal. Even those students at Top 20 law schools must achieve consistently strong grades to be considered by most big New York law firms. Many law firms will only consider candidates from Top 20 law schools who graduated in the top 25% of their class. For those students who are not attending Top 20 law schools, which are the great majority of law students, you will have more options available to you if your grades put you in the top 1 0% of your graduating class. READ MORE >
Every day seems to bring news of yet another firm laying off employees. Many attorneys are wondering if their firm or their job may be the next casualty in these crazy economic times. Do you find yourself regularly checking ''Above the Law'' to see if there are any rumors regarding your firm? Are you monitoring the schedule for the firm's conference rooms to determine whether they are booked up for long periods of time on a Friday? Does your heart drop every time you see the name of the managing partner or head of human resources on your caller ID? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone. I speak to associates every day who are afraid that they may be next. However, it is very important to try and keep a level head and not panic, which understandably may be easier said than done. READ MORE >
The media has tremendous power to magnify economic trends and alter our perceptions. In a world of 24/7 news coverage, we can hear 20 reports about the same layoff. After a while, it starts to sound like every law firm associate has lost his or her job. READ MORE >
Every year, we receive numerous phone calls from practicing attorneys as well as law students, inquiring whether or not they should pursue a clerkship with a judge in order to make themselves more marketable. At the outset, it is important to note that the value of a clerkship should not necessarily be something that you view as a marketing tool. Beyond making you marketable, a clerkship has far greater significance because the skills and level of insight you will acquire during your clerkship will be something that should help you throughout your career, regardless of what practice area you ultimately end up in. READ MORE >
Survey also shows uptick in number of permanent spots offered by firms Though the gains are modest, law firms are seeking more associates for their upcoming summer programs and making more offers for full-time employment to last summer's participants, according to a recent survey tracking job placement. READ MORE >
Your first job interview may be with the law firm's managing partner, but don't count on it. Depending upon the law firm's size and the job you're seeking, you may be much more likely to speak with the personnel director. These initial contacts are also referred to as legal administrators, recruiting officers, directors of human resources, and various other monikers. Regardless of their titles, these gatekeepers share the ability to take you to the next level or return you to the street.
We spoke with several key recruiting people from law offices of all sizes across the country and asked them to give us their perspectives about these matters: READ MORE >
It's November. The season is changing from fall to winter. First-year associates have just started their full-time legal careers. It is a very exciting time for the class of 2007. Unless you are one of the members of the class of 2007 without a job. READ MORE >
I have a Ph.D. in molecular genetics with an emphasis on population biology. I have been a post-doc for several years and I am interested in changing careers and moving into law. I have thought about law school but I am intimidated by the thought of acquiring more debt, at least for now. I have been told that patent law is in need of technical specialists in the sciences and that this might lead to financial assistance later for law school. What is the reality of this and how much of a need is there for someone with my background in IP? My training is suitable for cases involving forensic evidence, as well. What are the opportunities there? How difficult might it be for someone who has spent most of their career in an academic setting to make the transition into law? READ MORE >
Article type: The Legal Job Market
The law school that I am thinking of attending offers a joint JD/MBA program that I could theoretically finish in the same time it would take me to get my JD. Should I take this opportunity? How would this increase my chances of getting a law firm job, since this is what I am sure I want to do? READ MORE >
Article type: The Legal Job Market