What to consider when weighing a law firm offer?


Deciding whether to accept a law firm offer can be nerve-wracking, especially when the law firm has given you a deadline by which to respond. While there are undoubtedly many questions to ask yourself when considering an offer, I believe it is most important to focus on four overall questions:
  1. Do you feel a positive gut instinct about this firm and the offer?
  2. Are you excited about the opportunity?
  3. Do you feel that this firm offers you an opportunity that is better than your current situation?
  4. Can you envision a long-term relationship with this firm? Or does the opportunity at this firm get you closer to your ultimate goal?

If the answers to the above questions are affirmative, then it is likely that the move will be a positive one. But a lot of factors come into play, and you should be extremely cautious, especially if you have already made a lot of career moves. I developed this questionnaire and worksheet as a tool that may help delineate your goals and help answer your question of whether this law firm offer is the right one for you.