One of The Attorneys’ Most Important Decisions When Searching for Positions Is: Deciding Which Markets They Apply To


1. What strategy do I need to use if I am having difficulty getting hired by a law firm in my current market?

Explore other markets. Look at job postings in different geographic areas to present yourself to a larger pool of potential employers.

2. How do I know if looking at other markets is a good idea?

If you have exhausted all of the firms in your market that you would be interested in working at and are not experiencing as much momentum in your search as you would like, it may be beneficial to consider other markets.

3. What should I do if I am being “blackballed” in my current market?

Consider looking at other markets where you might have more success. When searching for positions in other markets, you can also try to downplay your experience in the market where you are being “blackballed.

4. How can I increase my chances of finding a job in another market?

Develop an effective marketing strategy, build your network, and research the job market in other cities.

5. What other factors should I consider when considering moving to another market?

You will need to factor in the cost of living and the local legal market. You will also need to consider if you are comfortable with the cultural atmosphere of a new city.
One of the attorneys’ most important decisions when searching for positions is deciding which markets they apply to. Your success in your search, lifestyle, and future will all be shaped by the markets you choose in your search. You should understand certain rules about markets and what happens to attorneys based on the markets they choose. I have listed most of what I consider the most important rules below.

There are always several questions law firms ask when they are hiring laterally. These questions are simple but form the basis of any search. When a law firm is deciding who to interview and hire, regardless of whether there is a job or not, they are asking:

1. Can You Do the Job?

This means you have the skills and experience to work in the law firm. Law firms have different types of experience requirements depending on where they are, the clients they represent, and the various systems and rules they have for hiring attorneys.

At BCG Attorney Search, we classify law firms on a ranking scale between 1 and 5. This ranking is not necessarily about the prestige of a given law firm, but it does have something to do with the sorts of law firms that are likely to be interested in you and where.

Ranked 5 Law Firms 

A law firm ranked a 5 is typically a law firms that represents very large clients in important matters and is very difficult to get into. Being able to “do the job” in a 5 firm means you have been trained to work on the most sophisticated matters. They require the highest level of accuracy and thought. This is because 5 law firms work for clients where cost is no object. The law firm and its clients expect you to have exemplary qualifications and experience representing similar clients and working on similar matters as the firm does. The largest and most prestigious law firms have specialists working for them. The clients of these law firms are paying the highest billable rates imaginable. Therefore, they likely expect you to be trained and competent in a narrow area of the law.