Question: How do I know that my firm is the problem? Will I be happier at another firm, or are they all just basically the same? READ MORE >
Article type: Staying Employed as an Attorney, Thriving Within a Firm, Lateral Transfers, Legal Career Advice and Options, Choosing a Small or Large Law Firm, Law Firms and Firm Culture, Advice on Moving Up as an Attorney, Associate Q & A
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Everyday I talk with attorneys seeking to make a lateral move. And every day I find that while people are often quick to express the reason(s) spurring their desire for change - work is slow at their firm, partnership is not looking plausible, they feel pressured by the firm to bring in business they feel they cannot, they have a personality issue with a particular partner, etc. - it is sometimes the case that the thinking and planning has ended with the attorney's conclusion: "I need/want to leave my firm."Rather than stand as a conclusion, this stance should serve as a starting point for self-evaluation. You should ask yourself two key questions: 1) What do I want from a new firm? 2) How do I plan to get there? READ MORE >
I recently worked with an attorney who was interested in one thing: moving to a certain city to join her partner, who was already living and working there. She was interested in several opportunities that I would not have anticipated would interest her: she was coming from a large firm and suddenly considering tiny firms and solo practitioners in addition to the large firms she was originally contemplating. She even suggested changing practice areas in order to broaden her net. READ MORE >
Question:I am a fifth year associate and I am in the process of looking for a new position. How can I look for a new job without “burning bridges” with my current employer? READ MORE >
Question: Now that it's almost a new year, I'd like to begin a job search to lateral to another firm. Understandably, I don't want to miss out on receiving my year-end bonus. I'm concerned, however, because our firm doesn't distribute bonuses until March. Is it too soon to begin a job search now, knowing that I won't realistically be able to move until mid- to late March at the earliest?
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Question: It seems that many decision makers are already away for the holidays. Are firms really interviewing right now? Should I suspend my search and hold off until the New Year?
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Question: I'm currently a 4th year litigation associate at an AmLaw firm in Washington, DC. I'm contemplating making a move to the government. I would, however, like the option to return to a law firm (preferably another top firm) in a couple of years. Is this realistic or even possible?
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Article type: Legal Career Advice and Options, Government Employment for Attorneys, Relocation Resources for Attorneys, Timing Your Legal Job Search, Changing Legal Practice Areas, The Legal Job Market
Associates are busy people. In fact, many associates approach legal recruiters like me because they would like to be less busy, and are seeking an opportunity to help them meet that goal. Many attorneys have no idea how to conduct a job search, or to get information about law firms that may be a fit for them. Recruiters certainly possess information about firms, but keep in mind that our opinions about which firms are “good,” but these are colored by our own experiences practicing law. Only you can decide if a particular law firm is a fit for you. READ MORE >
Question: I am a fourth year associate at a large New York firm who has recently been interviewing with other firms. I just got a call informing me – for the second time in the last month – that “You were actually in our top three candidates for the position.” Is this just a bluff? If not, what can I do to raise my game those two extra places?
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Question: I have been practicing at the same firm since graduating from law school two years ago and am thinking about lateraling to a new law firm. What time of year is the ideal time to start my job search?
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Question: Is work-life balance a realistic goal at “biglaw” firms? I just became a parent and I’m having a hard time managing work and family. My firm has a reputation for being one of the top firms to work for – what gives? READ MORE >
I’m a 4th year litigator in San Francisco and am currently seeking a new position. I see that there is a lot of contract work available for litigation associates at my level and higher. I even noticed that some law firms have begun their own contract attorney programs for associates seeking both law firm and in-house assignments. Is this the new normal for litigation? READ MORE >
Article type: Legal Contract Work Resources, Legal Career Advice and Options, Getting Laid Off as an Attorney, Geographic Guides and Profiles for Attorneys, General Legal Practice Area Resources, The Legal Job Market
I recently wrote a blog post about choice of references and I received several responses from legal professionals around the country. I thought, therefore, I would expand it into an article. READ MORE >
I am seeing a ton of advertisements for litigators with 3-5 years of experience. I have over 12 years of experience, and would be willing to work for the same salary as a 5th year attorney. Wouldn't it be attractive for a firm to get a more experienced attorney at a cheaper salary? READ MORE >
I am currently working as an associate at a top tier DC law firm. I started interviewing with other law firms several months ago and have been really selective about the firms that I am interested in. I recently received an offer from a regional law firm with a really strong reputation and excellent work. Although I am really excited about this opportunity and got along well with the practice group, I am still torn. What should I do? READ MORE >
Article type: Legal Career Advice and Options