Harrison Barnes, Managing Director
Summary: Learn how big law firms evaluate potential hires and what you can do to increase your chances of getting hired by them.... READ MORE >
Summary: Learn the most important factors you should look at when selecting which law firm to join so you avoid making these four fatal mistakes. 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 >
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: Legal Career Advice and Options
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 >
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: 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 >
Question: What advice can you give to a senior associate or junior partner looking to make a move? I have been with my present firm for over seven years, but the practice is very narrow and the firm seems not to be doing as well as it once was.
I certainly do not want to be around if the business does disappear because then all of my colleagues will be on the market as well. How can I locate an appropriate search firm, and what would you advise me to tell potential employers about my reasons for leaving? What opportunities should I expect to find without a substantial book of business? READ MORE >
Question: I graduated from a top law school a few years ago. I accepted an offer from the firm that I worked at during my second summer and began working in the fall after my law school graduation. I left the firm a little over a year later due to medical complications related to my pregnancy. Now, after being home with my child for several years, I wish to return to work. How hopeless is my situation, and what should I do? READ MORE >
Question: I am three years out of law school (first-tier school, middle of the pack in terms of grades). I worked briefly as a clerk for a government agency and have spent the past year and a half at a small firm. I feel that I have gained all that I can from this firm and would like to move to a larger firm to get a wider range of experience.
How do I go about this without jeopardizing my position here, and how should I handle requests to speak to my current employer? The partners in the firm will react negatively if they learn that I intend to leave - it would make my time here a living hell. READ MORE >
Summary: These seven choices are fundamental to attorneys and their careers. Each of them is evaluated in-depth in this article to ensure your career success. READ MORE >
Life presents many surprises and the unexpected can change everything overnight. An attorney's spouse can lose his job and seek another one in a different state, children are born, and loved ones become ill. While many of these situations are entirely out of one's control, or are blessings such as in the case of new life, they can present challenges to being able to continue to practice at the level required by a top law firm. As such, any one of these circumstances can lead a lawyer to take a hiatus from her firm. You must keep in mind, though, that returning to the practice can be a difficult feat. Your decision to take a break should not be made lightly, and you should consider the questions a firm will in the future when evaluating your viability as a candidate. READ MORE >