An attorney from a top law firm in Detroit contacted me looking to relocate to New York City. The attorney had been a referral from an attorney that I had placed from a firm in Detroit in a major city as well. The attorney had attended a local law school and did not have the sort of qualifications that attorneys typically have in major New York law firms; however, the attorney was with a major law firm and had gotten very good experience with this firm both as a summer associate and associate within the firm. The attorney had also done exceptionally well at the law school they attended.
In addition to being an excellent law firm and also having done well in law school, the attorney had taken the extra step of taking the New York bar prior to applying to law firms in New York City. They had studied for the New York bar while working a demanding schedule and the law firm. Showing the sort of initiative is something that often makes a major difference when an attorney is seeking to relocate to another market. Law firms know that attorneys that are willing to take the bar prior to considering relocation are likely to be committed to working in that area and are not simply fishing around for a position. While law firms in New York City do not always consider the bar requirement prior to applying to position there, they look upon attorneys that have the bar much more favorably than those that do not.
When an attorney is seeking a position in any market they need to realize that they will do better the fewer reasons a law firm has to reject them. If an attorney does not have the bar they are almost always can to be less preferable to a law firm than one who dots. When you’re seeking to relocate to another market, anything that you can do to make yourself look stronger than other applicants will be quite helpful. The fact that this attorney had already taken the bar with something that was quite helpful.
Another thing that made this attorney quite strong was that they had experience in a niche practice area. While litigation and corporate can often be busy, there are far more litigators and corporate attorneys than there are bankruptcy attorneys. Because this attorney was in such a niche practice area they were very attractive to law firms that had a need because there simply are not a lot of bankruptcy attorneys in the market.
The attorney applied to several law firms in the New York market and within a few months was able to get interest from firms that had openings. The attorney ultimately took a position with a well-known national law firm that had a strong practice.
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