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One of the "rights, privileges and immunities" you derive from being a well-credentialed attorney in California is that you will inevitably be receiving numerous calls from legal recruiters (aka "headhunters"). Legal recruiters can be very helpful in assisting you with a lateral move. On the other hand, there are occasional horror stories about how members of this group made the process more difficult by being unresponsive or sending a candidate's resume to firms that weren't authorized.

Rules of Engagement: Tips for Working with a Legal Recruiter

This article is written by a Columbia Law School graduate who practiced for more than 10 years, and has been a successful legal recruiter for more than 22 years. Its purpose is to answer FAQ and help you avoid some of the common pitfalls in working with a legal recruiter. I strongly suggest that you bookmark this information. Most attorneys don’t remain at their original firm. So, there’s a strong likelihood that what’s written here will ultimately be highly useful to you at some point in time.
What’s the legal nature of the relationship between a legal recruiter and yourself (the “candidate”)?

The legal relationship is one of principal and agent. You’re the principal, and the recruiter is your agent. This means that nothing should be done on your behalf, except pursuant to your authority. As a legal recruiter for >22 years, I strictly adhere to this principle.