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Trademark is an interesting branch of the law. It tends to get busy when the economy is doing well and get very slow when the economy is not doing well. In a poor economy, there are often not a single trademark position open in the United States at a big firm. READ MORE >
A bankruptcy attorney with a book of business close to $1 million contacted me for assistance toward finding a new legal position. Bankruptcy law is a niche practice area. Many major law firms do not have large bankruptcy practices, and only maintain a small number of bankruptcy attorneys on staff. This attorney was unusual because they did not have a huge book of business, although they worked for a major law firm as a partner. The attorney sought to move because the work they brought in could not bill out at the firm’s high hourly billing rates and, as a consequence had to turn away a lot of work. READ MORE >
A senior in-house patent attorney contacted me for help. The patent attorney was unemployed after the start-up company they worked for when out of business. Before this position, they worked for several years servicing a variety of small clients, and before that, the attorney had worked at several law firms in an of counsel capacity. This attorney had an exceptional background in chemistry and had received a Ph.D. from a top program and also a law degree from a top rank law school. The problem was that the attorney was quite senior and, in fact, was passed the retirement age of many law firms. READ MORE >
A senior lawyer for a federal appellate District judge in a small market wanted to relocate to a major market and work as an associate. Normally, this would not seem like something that would be that difficult. In this case, however, this attorney had gone to a fourth-tier law school and did not have any law firm experience. Like many law clerks, this attorney had been more of a “career clerk” than a one-time clerk for a judge. This meant that the attorney’s background made it seem like they were avoiding working in a law firm and were more of a government employee. READ MORE >
I was contacted by a top law school graduate who had never worked in a law firm. This candidate was several years out of school. Not only had this attorney not worked in a law firm, the position they had out of law school was in government offices located in a small town hundreds of miles from a major city. According to the attorney, they never wanted to work in a law firm, and believed public service was the best route. Despite this fact, after several years of working in public service, they decided it might be time for them to get experience working in a large law firm. I was upfront with the candidate telling them this would be very difficult since the candidate was several years out of law school, had never worked in a law firm and did not have the requisite training—and possibly the motivation— to work in a major law firm. READ MORE >
My instinct was that I needed to find major law firms that are very respected and that did not have graduates of this law school working there. I knew this attorney’s law school would make this law firm look great to his clients if they had someone from their law school and that this might be something they would choose over the experience the attorney might have if they came from another major law firm. READ MORE >
One of the remarkable things about the human spirit is that when people decide they want to do something they very often achieve it—even when it does not seem possible. READ MORE >
I was contacted by an attorney who worked in a major city in the United States, in the corporate department of a large law firm. The candidate had been at three law firms in the five years since graduating law school, and the candidate’s reasons for leaving each firm did not make very much sense. I spoke at length with the attorney, and they indicated they were now interested in working in a fourth law firm in any major city around the United States. READ MORE >
Learn why law firms use legal recruiting coordinators and the important part they play in the hiring process for big law firms. 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 >
Have you ever dreamed about working fewer hours in a law firm while still practicing law and making a difference? Read this article to learn how you can. READ MORE >
Your long-term success in a major law firm depends heavily on the amount of talent you have in these four areas. READ MORE >
What drives attorneys to work so hard in big law? How do law firms ensure attorneys continue to work hard throughout their careers? Find out in this article. READ MORE >
Are you cut out to be a bureaucrat or a producer attorney? Find out the difference between the two and which is better for your legal career in this article. READ MORE >
Find out how to hire the best lateral attorneys and the types of attorneys prestigious law firms avoid in this article. READ MORE >
Find out what information blindness is and how avoiding it can help you avoid these major career mistakes as an attorney. READ MORE >
It is often very hard for attorneys to become entrepreneurs or make the transition to the business world. Find out why in this article. READ MORE >
Are you considering leaving your current firm and joining a virtual law firm? Make sure you ask yourself these important questions first. READ MORE >
Learn how to navigate the hidden dangers inside law firms that cause so many attorneys to lose their jobs in this article. READ MORE >
Too many in the workforce, lawyers included, believe in “The One Call Close” theory.
If they’re selling something, they believe you should buy it from them right away.
And if they’re looking for a job, they believe they should be hired right off the bat.
If neither happens, the seller and job seeker moves on to the next target.
But it shouldn’t happen that way. Good salespeople know how to be persistent much in the same way strong job seekers are tenacious toward pursuing work.
Summary: If you constantly do this in your legal career you will be successful. Doing so will increase your chances of getting hired and help you develop stronger business relationships. READ MORE >
Being a law firm attorney means that you will face a lot more rejection, criticism, and other negative burdens than you would in almost any other career. 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 >
When is the right time to put your law firm job search on hold? Find out in this article. READ MORE >
Do you have the long-term vision and staying power to be truly successful at a large law firm? Learn about the two stages of a law firm attorney’s legal career. READ MORE >
Before you leave your law firm, consider whether you want to give up these 5 major benefits law firms give your legal career. READ MORE >