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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 >
The most successful attorneys are those who don’t limit themselves to just one market in their job search. Find out why in this article. READ MORE >
Learn more about which US states and territories allow foreign attorneys to waive into the bar and what their requirements are in this comprehensive guide. READ MORE >
Learn 9 reasons moving to another market as a law firm attorney is the ultimate way to get ahead in your career. READ MORE >
Learn why it is so important to the success of your legal job search to look at multiple markets in this article. READ MORE >
Have you passed the bar in one state and want to work in another? Find out what your options are in this article. READ MORE >
Question: I graduated from Columbia and have been working as a corporate lawyer in a big downtown firm for the last six months. For personal reasons (my significant other, whom I met only a couple of months before graduating from law school), I want to move to the Bay Area as soon as possible. I have several questions: 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 currently a second-year associate at a national firm in Boston. Though my grades were very average, I interviewed with the firm when the economy was booming, and was hired as a summer student. I should also mention that I graduated from a very high ranking law school.
I recently became engaged to an investment banker in New York. I asked the managing partner of my Boston firm about the possibilities of transferring to the New York office. He said not to worry, and set me up with the New York office for a round of interviews.
Unfortunately, the New York office will not hire me. I have not been given any reasons, either by the New York office of my firm, or from anyone in Boston.
The immediate fallout from this is that some of the partners in my own department have stopped giving me assignments, saying that they do not want to waste their time with me since my goal is to be in New York. A few partners insisted that I be kept on because my work is good. So, for the moment, I still have a job.
I still want to move to New York, and have been quietly looking at other firms there. However, the few interviews that I have had with large national firms have not been successful. Everyone asks me why I do not just transfer to the New York office of my Boston firm. My response is that the firms don't, as a matter of practice, transfer junior associates around that easily. This answer is difficult to swallow for firms that do, in fact, transfer people around.
What should I tell firms when they ask why I just don’t transfer to the New York office of my current firm? READ MORE >
Question:I’m very interested in re-locating to California and have registered to take the next California Bar exam. Can I start looking at positions now, or do I have to wait until I’m a CA Bar Member? READ MORE >
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Question: I’m currently living in New York City and I’m interested in relocating to Washington, DC to be closer to family. What can I expect from law firms or other employers in terms of reimbursement for travel expenses during the interview process? READ MORE >
I had an interesting summer working with a number of U.S. citizens who were working at large firms in London and other foreign cities who decided that it was time to return to the U.S., specifically to New York. The transition was relatively easy for these candidates as they had were corporate associates and the New York corporate market is strong. The candidates were coming from top tier firms, and they were transitioning to other top tier firms so I was surprised, when the offers began to arrive, by the disparity between what seemingly comparable firms offered in terms of moving costs. 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 >
Question: I am an East Coast attorney and am seeking to re-locate to California. What’s the best way to convince a firm that I am serious about my geographic move? READ MORE >
Question: What are my chances of getting a job in California if I have not yet taken the California Bar exam but plan to soon? READ MORE >
I have an upcoming interview with a law firm in another city. It's a city to which I have no obvious connections. How do I establish my interest in the city during the interview? READ MORE >
Purely as a numbers game, an attorney seeking to lateral into a firm in a smaller city/legal market is going to have a harder time finding and landing a job – the smaller the market, the fewer mid-to-large sized law firm jobs will be available. Making it even more difficult is the fact that smaller cities are often more desirable than larger markets due to quality-of-life and cost-of-living factors, which results in both lower turnover (people decide to stick around), and more people competing to fill the few openings that do come online. With a greater number of candidates and smaller number of positions, it is obvious that law firms in smaller markets can generally afford to be more selective. READ MORE >
I am a second-year attorney practicing in New York. My boyfriend lives in California, and I am planning to relocate there as soon as I can. I'm currently at an AMLAW 100 firm in the litigation group. I'm planning to take the California bar in February, but I want to quit my job now and move to California. Should I?
- C.B. READ MORE >
I am contemplating a move to California but have heard that most law firms require attorneys to be members of the California bar. Is this true? If so, why do law firms have this requirement? READ MORE >
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I am an associate with a top firm on the West Coast. I am interested in moving to a New York City firm; however, I don't know how to go about carrying out the interview process. I know I need to take a few days off, or call in sick, in order to fly across the country to interview. However, aren't I putting my current job at risk by taking time off?
In other words, how can I interview for a job when I'm worried about risking my current job? I'd like to just phone it in and schedule telephone conferences. Do firms do that? Otherwise, can I schedule all of my interviews on the same day or two and limit my time away from the office?
- Jenny, Los Angeles, CA. READ MORE >
How difficult is it to transition to the West Coast legal market from another region of the country? Is it imperative to have the bar in my state of interest as well as ties to the area? READ MORE >
I am currently practicing law in Texas, and while I like aspects of my current job, my wife and I have decided to move to the Midwest, where we both grew up and have family support. I have been out of school for six years and am under the impression that I can waive into the Illinois Bar as well as a handful of other state bars throughout the Midwest. However, I have a number of questions regarding the process, the costs, the time it takes to complete the process and whether the background check done on applicants includes contacting current employers. As you can probably imagine, I am conducting this job search in confidence so as to avoid jeopardizing my current position. Can you help me find the relevant information for each of the state bars in the Midwest? READ MORE >
I am a second-year associate and was laid off from my job in March 2009. Since then, I have focused my time on finding a new job. I am completely open in terms of geography and have applied to a number of jobs in different states. I finally secured an interview with an out-of-state firm, and while I am excited at the opportunity, I am not sure how to address the fact that I am not yet barred in the state. What do you recommend? READ MORE >
I currently live on the East Coast and will be traveling to Los Angeles for an interview next week. I have heard a lot about how important it is to have ties to the city in which you are interviewing but the truth is that I have absolutely no ties and applied to this position simply because it is one of the few available in my area of practice. What should I say if I am asked about ties to the region? READ MORE >
It is easy for attorneys to conclude that today's legal market sucks. There has been a pandemic of layoffs, sending countless attorneys into what can feel like a non-existent job market. However, if you are one of these talented but unemployed attorneys searching for employment, one of the easiest ways to increase your chances of getting a job is to cast a broad net in terms of job applications and entertain jobs outside of your current geographic location. READ MORE >