Looking for a job or placement in the legal sphere can be a very complicated and draining process. Often, it serves you – and your career – much better to work with a legal placement agency.
BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys over the years, leading global businesses that include LawCrossing, Law School Loans, Legal Authority and Attorney Resume.
See also: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with a Legal Recruiter
Why do candidates choose to work with a legal placement agency?
The reasons that candidates work with legal placement agencies is simple. The job market is tough – especially in legal jobs – and legal placement agencies actually place thousands of aspiring attorneys in engaging and relevant placements at various associated law firms.
In fact, between 2008 and 2009, which saw one of the most difficult legal placement markets in history, several recruiters at BCG Attorney Search actually increased their placement rate. This is because recruiters at the agency have remained there a long time, gaining huge amounts of experience and making hundreds of placements. They even regularly speak at major law school such as the National Association of Law Placement.
Candidates chose to begin their job hunt with the help of a legal placement agency because in doing so, they know their future is in good hands.
Why do law firms choose to work with a legal placement agency?
So it’s clear why candidates chose to work with a legal placement agency, but what makes the major law firms play ball?
Again - it’s a relatively simple answer. Law firms work with legal placement agencies because they know they’re going to be dealing with experts.
BCG Attorney Search has made thousands of placements of partners and associates; and also been involved in several major law firm mergers. When an attorney approaches a recruiter at BCG, they are guaranteed to be dealing with an expert who has consistently worked with and studied the same law firms.
Because BCG has a strong advertising presence, there aren’t many practicing attorneys in the United States who have not heard of the agency. Once a firm has built a strong reputation for placing in law firms, a great deal of candidates are attracted to the agency. This in turn cements relationships with the law firms who can be assured of a high-level candidate.
What to look for in a legal placement agency?
A great legal placement agency can benefit both law firm and candidate, providing a tailored service that puts together the best candidates and best jobs.
A great legal recruiter should research available opportunities and match the candidate appropriately; prepare a resume in all confidentiality; prepare for interviews; assist in salary negotiations and provide moral support.
They’ll have a good pedigree in most cases to understand the nuances of top level firms; have a high level of concentration; be diligent about learning information about the market and be intuitive.
When BCG recruiters become excited about finding placements, miraculous things happen. More candidates get better jobs – jobs that make them happier – and lawyers end up working where they should be working. Working with a legal placement agency can truly make great things happen. To take the first step in finding a legal placement, submit a resume to BCG today.
About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is a prominent figure in the legal placement industry, known for his expertise in attorney placements and his extensive knowledge of the legal profession.
With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as a leading voice in the field and has helped thousands of lawyers and law students find their ideal career paths.
Barnes is a former federal law clerk and associate at Quinn Emanuel and a graduate of the University of Chicago College and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist at the University of Chicago and a member of the University of Virginia Law Review. Early in his legal career, he enrolled in Stanford Business School but dropped out because he missed legal recruiting too much.
Barnes' approach to the legal industry is rooted in his commitment to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. He believes that the key to success in the legal profession is to be proactive, persistent, and disciplined in one's approach to work and life. He encourages lawyers to take ownership of their careers and to focus on developing their skills and expertise in a way that aligns with their passions and interests.
One of how Barnes provides support to lawyers is through his writing. On his blog, HarrisonBarnes.com, and BCGSearch.com, he regularly shares his insights and advice on a range of topics related to the legal profession. Through his writing, he aims to empower lawyers to control their careers and make informed decisions about their professional development.
One of Barnes's fundamental philosophies in his writing is the importance of networking. He believes that networking is a critical component of career success and that it is essential for lawyers to establish relationships with others in their field. He encourages lawyers to attend events, join organizations, and connect with others in the legal community to build their professional networks.
Another central theme in Barnes' writing is the importance of personal and professional development. He believes that lawyers should continuously strive to improve themselves and develop their skills to succeed in their careers. He encourages lawyers to pursue ongoing education and training actively, read widely, and seek new opportunities for growth and development.
In addition to his work in the legal industry, Barnes is also a fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He sees fitness and wellness as integral to his personal and professional development and encourages others to adopt a similar mindset. He starts his day at 4:00 am and dedicates several daily hours to running, weightlifting, and pursuing spiritual disciplines.
Finally, Barnes is a strong advocate for community service and giving back. He volunteers for the University of Chicago, where he is the former area chair of Los Angeles for the University of Chicago Admissions Office. He also serves as the President of the Young Presidents Organization's Century City Los Angeles Chapter, where he works to support and connect young business leaders.
In conclusion, Harrison Barnes is a visionary legal industry leader committed to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. Through his work at BCG Attorney Search, writing, and community involvement, he empowers lawyers to take control of their careers, develop their skills continuously, and lead fulfilling and successful lives. His philosophy of being proactive, persistent, and disciplined, combined with his focus on personal and professional development, makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the legal profession.
About BCG Attorney Search
BCG Attorney Search matches attorneys and law firms with unparalleled expertise and drive, while achieving results. Known globally for its success in locating and placing attorneys in law firms of all sizes, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys in law firms in thousands of different law firms around the country. Unlike other legal placement firms, BCG Attorney Search brings massive resources of over 150 employees to its placement efforts locating positions and opportunities its competitors simply cannot. Every legal recruiter at BCG Attorney Search is a former successful attorney who attended a top law school, worked in top law firms and brought massive drive and commitment to their work. BCG Attorney Search legal recruiters take your legal career seriously and understand attorneys. For more information, please visit www.BCGSearch.com.
Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom
Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom
You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays
You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts
You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives
Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.
Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.
To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.