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Find out the steps you must take if you want to switch practice groups before you decide to make the switch. READ MORE >
Learn more about some of the biggest legal practice areas in these mini guides. READ MORE >
Learn how to present yourself to a law firm in the best light possible and increase your chances of getting the job in this article. READ MORE >
Question: I am a first-year associate from a top-five law school, where I earned some distinction. I am miserable at my present position in the corporate department of a mid-size New York City law firm. The firm is a great place to work but I could not devise a worse career for me than corporate law. I wanted to become a lawyer to read, write, analyze and work with international issues; not photocopy, insert commas, collate, collect signatures, and harass opposing counsel for by-laws. I want to go to work and read for comprehension for at least some part of my 13-hour day.
Childish bitterness aside, I know that I have to pay my dues; but I am building a house I do not want to live in and I am tired of crying myself to sleep. We make the "firm decision" fresh out of our first year in law school. I knew nothing then.
Over the two years following that decision, my interest has grown in international trade, environmental law, antitrust and international litigation and arbitration. In fact, my firm accommodated those interests by providing me with a steady diet of made-up assignments for my 13-weeks summer with them.
Now I am interviewing again and the bedtime tears have ceased. Please advise on the best way to present myself and this career change. READ MORE >
You have a passion for real estate, had your sights set on being a real estate attorney, but when you graduated from law school (anywhere from 2009 to 2011, maybe 2012), the real estate market was dead. So, you went into corporate law, but still dream about working on purchase and sale, joint ventures, and other real estate transactions, perhaps related to the resort and hospitality industries. I have good news for you! Now is the time to make this transition. READ MORE >
Question: I am a third year corporate associate, and though I am with a Top 20 firm with a phenomenal corporate group, I am unable to focus on M&A because my firm is inundated with Capital Markets transactions at the moment. In short, I am developing but not in an area in which I am interested. I really like my firm in all other respects. Do I have to leave my firm? What do you suggest? 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 >
Out of all the inquiries I receive from attorneys as a recruiter, no small number are from attorneys who, for various reasons, are looking to switch practice areas at some point in their career. Perhaps they were a general commercial litigator who discovered a passion for employment law after getting assigned to an employment dispute, or it might be an attorney who had hoped to do tax law but fell into general transactional work because no firms were hiring tax lawyers when that attorney graduated (this is fairly common with would-be corporate attorneys who came out of school during the economic crash and had to take an alternate practice group position or none at all). READ MORE >
I am an associate with a top firm in Manhattan. Work in my practice area at the firm (M&A) has gotten very slow, and my partner mentor has asked me if I want to transfer to another, busier group within the firm such as litigation. Should I do so even if I have no interest in litigation and do not ever plan on practicing in this area of the law? -James C., New York, NY READ MORE >
I am a second year BigLaw associate. I am not sure that I have chosen the correct practice area and think that I might like to switch practice areas. What should I do? READ MORE >
I am a third year associate practicing Tax Law at a large firm in New York. I want to switch firms, but I also want to switch practice areas - maybe to Intellectual Property. I took some IP classes in law school and I have a technical undergraduate degree so I think it will be an easy transition. What do you think? READ MORE >
I am a fourth year associate in Big Law and started my career as a tax associate. Due to the economy the past few years, I've also done a great deal of general litigation work and even some general transactional work. How should I market myself to firms? READ MORE >
I am currently a second-year associate and have decided I want to switch my practice from litigation to corporate law. My current firm does not have a strong corporate practice, so I am thinking of accepting an offer to join the litigation practice of another firm that has a really strong corporate practice. While I did not say this on the interview, of course, my goal is to make a practice-group switch from litigation to corporate after I join this new firm. My question is this: Assuming I accept my offer at this new firm, how long should I wait before I disclose to the litigation partners that I plan to switch to the firm's corporate group? (R.J., New York City) READ MORE >
The New Year is a good time to reflect on our lives. What did we do well over the past 12 months? Where did we fall short in our personal and professional lives? How can we improve ourselves in the coming year? And most importantly, what changes are we actually going to make? READ MORE >
From Recruiting Coordinator to Search Consultant
Over the past few months, a number of people have asked me ''Why did you do it?'' and ''What is it like to be on the 'other side'?'' READ MORE >
Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre was an aristocrat, philosopher, and diplomat, and a strident voice in the call to destroy the spirit of the French Revolution. In a word, he hoped to restore public faith in hereditary monarchy and an unchallenged, infallible Papacy. Needless to say, his views are not widely held in 21st-Century democracies. Nor should they be. An easy call, you may say. Yet, there is something insidious and pervasive about some of his views, and you may be surprised to find that some of them may be lingering in the back of your mind-and they have everything to do with your career. Wow! A link between career development and 18th-Century political philosophy-it must be a first! But read on. READ MORE >
Many law students, for a number of different reasons, make the decision to start their careers as tax attorneys. Some are helped along by the Big 4 accounting firms' coming to law school campuses and recruiting them. For several reasons, this is an attractive offer. You meet the attorneys within the tax practice, and they seem different from those at the large firms. They are charismatic, gregarious, and have business acumen. They tell you how associates at their firms put together presentations and have almost immediate client contact with Fortune 1000 clients throughout the region. They claim you will be reading the tax code and writing memoranda on different issues that relate to your clients. You walk out of the interviews pretty pumped up. On the other hand, a large law firm looking for tax associates will give you a much different feel when it interviews you. The tax attorneys at law firms are less sales people and more grinders with not much personality and, for the most part, are servicing M&A practice clients, as opposed to their own clients. So you decide that you like the feel at one of the Big 4 and believe that you will get the training necessary to become a good tax attorney. Even though you will have to take a pay hit compared to your colleagues going to the large firms, you know that the partners at the Big 4 make as much as, if not more, than the partners in law firms. So you accept an associate position within the Federal, SALT, International, ERISA, or M&A practice group. READ MORE >
Bankruptcy has been a hot topic in the legal market ever since the dot-com bubble burst in the late 1990s. Although many of the dot-coms disappeared with nary a whimper (because many of these firms did not have significant assets), the quick and public demise of huge international companies such as Enron Corp., WorldCom, and Global Crossing increased the amount of bankruptcy work at many firms around the United States. READ MORE >
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