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Ever wonder how long it will take a law firm to respond to your application? Find out how long it typically takes and the six main factors that affect a firm’s response rate. READ MORE >
Why haven’t I heard back yet from a law firm after a recruiter has already sent my materials to them? READ MORE >
Is your current law firm helping or hurting the progress of your legal career? Find out how to know if leaving your firm is a good idea. READ MORE >
Are you waiting to hear back from a law firm about your application or interview? Find out the most common reasons law firms are unresponsive in this article.
This article discusses legal recruiting coordinators, one of the most important roles in the legal profession and a profession that all attorneys need to understand if they are seeking positions in midsized to larger law firms. Not everything this article has to say is flattering.
There are over 25,000 legal recruiting coordinators that we are aware of at BCG Attorney Search and the majority of them are excellent; however, just as there are attorneys that are not great at their jobs, or legal recruiters not good at their jobs, not everyone is good at being a legal recruiting coordinator either. A bad attorney can impact the result a client gets in a case, just as a bad legal recruiter can hurt your job search chances—and it is not different with legal recruiting coordinators.
At BCG Attorney Search our goal is to tell it like it is. We are in a competitive profession and this requires understanding all of the players.
For a more comprehensive review of legal recruiting coordinators please review this article here: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Legal Recruiting Coordinators and Their Role in the Attorney and Law Student Hiring Process, Most legal recruiting coordinators are excellent, take their jobs extremely seriously and are integral and crucial to the hiring process in all respects. READ MORE >
Should you make a lateral move now? Read this article before making your decision. READ MORE >
Why is it so hard to get a job in a law firm? If you have been applying for positions and have not even gotten an interview—or if you have gotten interviews but no offers—then this article is for you. It explains why law firms reject so many applicants, often even before those applicants have gotten their feet in the door. It also explains what you need to do to eventually succeed where so many others fail. READ MORE >
Are you thinking about looking for a new job as an attorney? Find out when you should start in this article. READ MORE >
Before you decide to move to another law firm consider these factors. READ MORE >
Avoid making any of these major mistakes made by attorneys that are thinking about switching firms, as they could seriously damage your legal career. READ MORE >
Many attorneys think waiting until the new year to start their job search is best. Learn why you shouldn’t wait until the new year to start looking. READ MORE >
Question: I am a second-year associate at a New York-based boutique law firm. I am considering moving either to a large New York law firm, a large, regionally known Connecticut firm or the in-house legal department of a New York-based, Fortune 500 company.
What do you perceive to be the relative advantages or disadvantages of each of these types of opportunities for a junior attorney? READ MORE >
Question: For personal reasons I plan to relocate to Chicago in December. I am a first-year associate in Atlanta at a large regional law firm with an excellent reputation in the Southeast. I am not sure that I want to continue working at a large firm in Chicago. I am interested in a less stressful lifestyle. What opportunities are available to me? In addition, when should I start my job search if I am looking to move in December? READ MORE >
Question: I am a mid-level litigation associate at a large national law firm. In my last review, I was very highly ranked in my peer group. Though I am doing very well and generally like where I work, I am afraid I am on a sinking ship.
The firm has had several very public layoffs and I know there are more coming. Things are so tight that office supplies aren't being restocked and the firm is no longer supplying water for the water coolers. There are rumors that serious rainmakers are moving elsewhere.
See the following articles for more information:
Should I Stay or Should I Go?: A Recruiter Reflects on an Age-Old Question
When is the Right Time to Make a Lateral Move?
Is it this bad everywhere? Should I even bother to try to switch firms?
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I don't blame you for being frustrated and I can understand why you might feel as if you are wasting your time by reading and responding to online job postings. READ MORE >
The job market can be a disappointing place to be. After spending three years in law school, earning top grades and great credentials, and landing at least one excellent position, we start to think of ourselves as pretty hot commodities. Even if we are unhappy in our current workplace, we have faith that the market will see us for what we are worth. We tend to think that every firm should want us, regardless of what we know about them. So, what happens when we get rejected after what we thought was a great job interview a law firm that we thought was the perfect fit? Well, we take it personally. 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? READ MORE >
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? READ MORE >
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? READ MORE >
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’m a new law school graduate. I’ve applied repeatedly to recruiters to see if they can help me find my first attorney position, yet I either don’t get a response from recruiters or get a rejection letter. I have strong law school credentials, so I don’t understand why recruiters aren’t interested in me. Why is this happening? READ MORE >
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? READ MORE >
Question: Should I leave my current job before starting my new job search? READ MORE >
Question: I am a fifth year associate and I have been considering a lateral law firm move for a few months. I have finally decided that I am ready to submit my resume to law firms, but have heard the summer season is slow. Should I start my search now or wait for the fall? READ MORE >
Recruitment coordinators are handling their summer associates and preparing for the incoming class of new attorneys. Partners are taking off on vacation. Why should you concern yourself with your job search now? Why not wait until the fall? Once we hit mid-September, you will start your discussion with a recruiter, prepare your resume, review job openings, and submit your materials to law firms with enthusiasm and dedication. READ MORE >
Here at BCG we get no small number of inquiries from attorneys who have recently (e.g., within the past year) switched firms but, for a wide variety of reasons, find themselves wanting and/or needing to move again and thus want to resume their job search. READ MORE >
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