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BCGSearch State of the Market Report Fall 2012 - Legal Industry Trends for Attorneys

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State of the Market Reports for U.S. and International Regions

a. Northern California (San Francisco and Silicon Valley)
b. Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego)
c. Northwest (Seattle and Portland)
d. Southwest (Phoenix ,Las Vegas and Colorado)
e. Midwest (Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Utah, Chicago, Wisconsin and Michigan)
f. Northeast (Boston, New England, New York and Washington D.C.)
g. South (Texas, Louisiana, Atlanta and Charlotte)
h. Southeast (Florida)
i. Foreign Markets (Europe and Asia)

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No Job Offer in Hand? Then You Need a Plan
By Suzanne Dupree Howe, Esq.
Managing Director, BCG Attorney Search, Texas

In the past, most summer associates working at large firms felt that if they showed up at a decent hour, acted respectably and did a reasonably good job on their assignments, they were all but guaranteed an offer of permanent employment. Barring any major gaffes, summer associates were likely to snag an offer or two by the end of their second summer in law school.

That probably won't be the case as this summer winds to a close. Summer associates likely have been walking on eggshells, trying to provide the best possible work product and to make themselves indispensable. The days of almost automatic entitlement to a permanent offer surely are over.
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Acing Your Interview Starts With Assessing The Interviewer
By Julie Lehrman
Recruiter, BCG Attorney Search

The first step in any successful interview is reading and assessing your interviewer. The person in front of you is a lawyer, not a professional interviewer, and may or may not conduct a traditional interview. It is up to you to read each interviewer's tone and steer the interview to a positive place that will leave the interviewer with a great impression of you.

In this article, I will examine some common types of interviewers and how to handle them. For example, your interviewer may feel annoyed at having to take time out of her busy day to interview you. Others may be most interested in whether they will enjoy working with you- whether there is a personality fit. Still others may ask you about every aspect of your resume. A last type may be the dreaded "hard interviewer" who poses a series of difficult questions seemingly intended to trip you up.
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Tips for Effectively Utilizing Internal Contacts During Your Job Search
By Robyn Ginsberg, Lead Managing Director, East Coast

I decided to write this article after being asked by candidates, on a number of occasions, for my opinion on how to best utilize internal contacts during the law firm application process. This is a great question and it comes up often. While much depends on the circumstance, as a general rule of thumb, candidates fare far better when they allow their recruiter to submit their application and then have their contact ''bolster'' the candidate's submission. This is the case for several reasons:
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