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What is the best way to submit your resume to a law firm? Find out in this article. READ MORE >
Are you stuck at a firm that doesn’t encourage business development? Are you not gaining the experience you hoped for? Learn what your options are in this article. READ MORE >
Will getting an LL.M. improve your marketability as a lateral law firm hire? READ MORE >
Find out why law firms are interested in much more than just your resume in this article. READ MORE >
Are you considering leaving the big city for a secondary market? Find out the 5 factors you should consider when deciding if making the move is right for you. READ MORE >
Find out the steps you must take if you want to switch practice groups before you decide to make the switch. READ MORE >
Learn what you must do to get ready for a law firm interview in this article. 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 >
Before or during the interview process, here’s what you can do if a law firm asks about your salary expectations. READ MORE >
Are you a corporate litigator thinking about making a big career change or switching practice areas? Read this article before you do. READ MORE >
Driving to court yesterday, a guy bumped my fender and I screamed at him in the street for 10 minutes. I think the stress of practicing law is getting to me. READ MORE >
Question: Many nights, I'm exhausted but I can't sleep. Either I can't nod off at all, or I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind reeling with torts. Any advice? READ MORE >
Question: What if an associate performing due diligence on a transaction discovers evidence of fraud by her client? What if she discovers, say, the next Enron? READ MORE >
Question: A secretary at your small firm, with whom you’re friendly, confides that she has found a new job in another field. She seems genuinely excited. She’s vital to the firm, and finding a replacement will take time, but she mentions she needs to work for a few more weeks before giving notice. Should you tell anyone? READ MORE >
Question: I am at a New York firm as a summer associate and am almost sure I do not want to return, even though an offer is likely. I will be participating in on-campus interviews again this fall and am wondering how to respond when firms ask the imminent question: If you have an offer, why don't you want to return? To be honest, the reason is the level of professionalism at this firm. For the most part this place is like a circus.
Just for some background: I am going into my 3rd year at an upper second tier law school and am ranked in the top 5% of the class. READ MORE >
Question: I am a first-year associate at a very small boutique that exclusively practices trusts and estates law. The partners at my firm came from big firms; they are "high profile" and extremely well-regarded among their peers and clients. While "quality of life" is relatively good and the learning curve is steep, I want to go to a big firm. I graduated from a regional school in the top third of my class. I love what I do, but I want a bigger paycheck and name brand recognition. 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: I am a first-year corporate associate at a large Boston firm and I am thinking of moving in search of a more international practice in Boston, but I am willing to consider DC as well. How would you advise I go about making such a move without souring what is a good relationship with my current firm? READ MORE >
Question: Can too much experience be a bad thing? I recently interviewed with a large firm for an associate position. I met with 2 partners and an associate. The firm was interviewing quite a few candidates and told me I could expect to hear back from them in 4 weeks, at which time they would either make a written offer or send a rejection letter. I sent thank you letters to everyone with whom I interviewed and waited eagerly for their decision. I really believed that this firm was a great fit for me.
After the 4-week deadline passed, I called to follow up. The recruiting coordinator told me they would not be offering me a position because I had more experience than they were looking for and they had decided to go with someone with less experience. She asked me if the partners had indicated to me that they were looking for less experience. I said not really. (One partner had indicated that compensation was based on class year and asked where I saw myself. I indicated that I was flexible, that I believed in proving myself. He seemed satisfied with my response).
I was disappointed, but I asked her to keep me in mind for any future openings that might arise. I also indicated that I am flexible as far as class year and would always be willing to consider an offer whatever it may be. She indicated that she would pass this info on to the partners in charge. Is there anything else I can do? How could I have better handled this situation? Please help. READ MORE >
Question: What advice can you give to a senior associate or junior partner looking to make a move? I have been with my present firm for over seven years, but the practice is very narrow and the firm seems not to be doing as well as it once was.
I certainly do not want to be around if the business does disappear because then all of my colleagues will be on the market as well. How can I locate an appropriate search firm, and what would you advise me to tell potential employers about my reasons for leaving? What opportunities should I expect to find without a substantial book of business? READ MORE >
Question: When should a job offer be considered a "firm" offer for the purpose of giving notice to your current employer?
When the offer is first made, it is usually contingent upon successful conflicts, reference and background checks. The necessary information and authorizations to do those checks are usually provided when the offer is accepted.
If neither the candidate nor the firm anticipates any problems, should the candidate assume the offer is firm at this point? Or should the candidate wait to hear back from the firm before giving notice? If that's the case, how long should the candidate wait, and how many follow-up calls should he/she make? READ MORE >
Question: I am a mid/upper-level associate at a top firm in a large Midwestern city. Although my reviews have generally been positive, my partnership chances are murky and I still have several years to wait until a vote. However, I have recently brought in my first substantial client.
I have been offered a position with a much smaller (20 to 25-attorney) firm. The new firm would basically match my salary, and I'd be "considered" for partnership in a year (for what that's worth), with the managing partner implying I'd be a shoo-in when the time comes.
I am concerned about the move for several reasons. First, my husband and I may (but may not) want to relocate in several years, and I know moving to a smaller firm will complicate matters. Second, there has been significant change in the composition of the partnership at the new firm over the last five years - I am concerned about stability.
Do you think this opportunity is worth pursuing? If so, what sorts of hard-hitting questions do you think I should ask about the turnover, and the structure of the firm's partnership, to make sure I know what I'm getting into? In short, how does one do due diligence in this situation? READ MORE >
Question: How do I stop working with a headhunter who has submitted my resume to many law firms but has not followed up with them? I get the feeling that she is not very conscientious and my resume is sitting in a pile somewhere. She does not call me to give me any updates, even after I've gone to screening interviews through her. I had to call the firm directly to find out whether they would proceed. Is there a way to get her to retract my resume from all of the firms she sent it to and resubmit it again? READ MORE >
Question: A recruiter I was dealing with sent my resume, without my authorization or knowledge, to Law Firm X. At or around the same time, I answered a blind advertisement placed by that firm and received an interview. After the interview occurred, I mentioned it to the recruiter, and was told about the resume they submitted.
The recruiter then contacted someone at the firm they had dealt with in the past, told the firm about me, and I was subsequently rejected for the job. Is the recruiter liable for interference with prospective economic advantage or breach of contract (for contacting the law firm without authorization)? READ MORE >