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Should I accept my current employer’s counteroffer? READ MORE >
I have a job offer to join a firm. I would like to have more than one job offer so I can compare and contrast before making a decision. Should I wait until I have more than one option to choose from? READ MORE >
I am scheduled to interview for the final time with a firm that I really like. I think they may make me an offer on the spot. Although this firm is at the top of my list, I still have one more interview, and I'd like to conclude the interview process before making a decision. Am I obligated in any way to accept an offer that is made on the spot during an interview? READ MORE >
I have an offer to join a firm as a mid-level M&A associate. I was inclined to take it. However, while I really enjoyed my interviews and the attorneys with whom I met, I have heard some unfavorable comments about the firm. Now I am not so sure if it is the right move. READ MORE >
I just graduated from law school and sat for the NY/NJ bars. I have an offer from a large firm for a non-associate position and am unsure as to whether it is a good career move or if I should temp instead while looking for an associate position at a small firm. The position is called ''corporate analyst'' and is mainly due diligence work in the M&A group of the firm.
I am interested in transitioning to a small or mid-size corporate firm in a few years and am concerned that this position will not make me marketable to such employers. The position will mainly involve reviewing and summarizing contracts, leases, bylaws, charters, and other documents in possession of any given company being acquired by the firm's client.
I did not go to a Top 20 school (Brooklyn Law) and am not at the top of my class, and if I turned this position down, I would ideally find an associate position at a small corporate firm. I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give me. ` READ MORE >
I recently received two offers from two different firms. One offer is to work at a prestigious AmLaw top 10 firm and the other is from a well known IP boutique. How do I assess at which firm I will have the best experience, training and potential for career growth? READ MORE >
I need your help with how to best negotiate an offer I have. I am a third-year corporate associate focusing exclusively on mergers & acquisitions. I have an offer from another firm to join their corporate securities practice. Because I've focused on M&A, I don't have any real securities experience yet, but I think I can get up to speed pretty quickly, and based on what I know, I think I'll enjoy securities more than M&A. I got my offer last week, and the firm wants to bring me in as a first-year associate at a much lower salary than my current job. Their justification is that I don't have the experience of a third-year securities associate. Does that make sense, or are they being cheap? (C.C., New York) READ MORE >
Congratulations! The hard part is over - you've gotten through the interview process and have a job offer in hand. You are now faced with an important decision - should you stay or should you go? How do you know if this offer is the right offer for you? It could be a no brainer - maybe this is your ''dream firm'' - the place you've been dying to work at since law school. You may just have a gut feeling that this is the right place for you. Perhaps you have several friends who work at this firm and you know what you are getting yourself into. But what if none of the above scenarios apply to you? We all know that lawyers tend to over analyze and making an important career decision can seem overwhelming. So how do you effectively evaluate a job offer and decide if accepting the position it is the right career move? First, spend some time thinking about what you are looking for in your next job. Once you have identified what is important to you, you should evaluate your potential employer to see how they stack up. Consider the following factors when evaluating your job offer. READ MORE >
''Go on, take the money and run''-Steve Miller Band READ MORE >
The Importance of Making Strategic Lateral Moves
Making a lateral move in your legal career is a serious matter. Whereas many industries are accustomed to high turnover and expect job applicants to have several moves on the resume, law firms remain committed to seeking out candidates who have demonstrated stability and good sense in their career development. Thus, one of the most common reasons we hear for law firms passing on potential candidates is that the candidate is perceived as having made too many moves or moves that do not make sense to the potential employer. READ MORE >
If you are like most people, you will be excited when a law firm or other legal employer extends you an offer for a job. Especially if it's your first offer, your only offer, or the offer you were hoping for the most, the inclination is to immediately accept. Even if you are not that excited about the opportunity, you might be inclined to accept immediately because you are afraid it might look bad to the employer if you hesitate. You might even be concerned that the offer will be revoked if you don't jump on it. READ MORE >
You're finishing your second round of interviews. You really enjoyed all the people you met, and can start to see yourself working at this new firm. The excitement is building. As you are ending the interview and approaching the elevator to leave, the final interviewer shakes your hand and says, ''It's been a pleasure meeting you. You'll be hearing from us in the near future.'' READ MORE >
Several years ago, a BCG Attorney Search article detailed the dangers of trying to use offers from other firms as leverage at your current firm, commenting on the fact that such offers are often wolves in sheep's clothing. READ MORE >
H.E. Palmer, a member of the U.S. forces that settled the West in the second half of the 19th century, is attributed with having said, "Never put down your gun to hug a bear." Where counteroffers from your present employer are concerned, it's the counteroffer that's the bear. When you have an offer from a new employer in hand, that's your gun. Don't put it down once you have shown it. There is no end to the horror stories about accepted counteroffers I've come across in my years as a recruiter. READ MORE >
The process of seeking a position at a major law firm is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with core issues of financial security and professional identity, a candidate submitting their résumé to law firms must also accept a ride on the job seekers emotional rollercoaster. But before you throw your hat into the ring, it’s best to gird yourself to the potential of the following four negative by-products of the legal hiring process: READ MORE >
Some synonyms for ego include: character, individuality, power, psyche, self-admiration and self-pride. These are all relatively positive words. However, add ''-TISTIC'' to ''ego'' and the synonyms include: assuming, bossy, bragging, cocky, conceited, domineering, haughty, insolent, know-it-all, overbearing, pompous, presumptuous, pretentious, scornful, self-important, smug, stuck up, superior, vain. Eh, not so good. Nearly every attorney would agree that the stereotype of an arrogant lawyer is absolutely false, but the harrowing job search process can turn the best-mannered person into that stereotype faster than you can say, ''but I'm worth it!'' READ MORE >
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