It cannot be underestimated that when a candidate works with BCG Attorney Search, that candidate gets the full support of an entire team. Unlike recruiting firms, where a candidate might be reliant on the “whims” and recruiting style of one “legal recruiter” (who could have any number of issues that interfere with effective recruiting), BCG Attorney Search candidates have their LPPs as well as their legal placement teams (“LPT”).
When BCG starts working with a candidate, the first thing that will happen is the candidate will be assigned a Legal Placement Professional, and also a team that they'll work with. The way a Legal Placement Professional is typically assigned is they will be assigned someone that looks like they would be a good fit for that candidate.
The number one core value is that we must get attorneys jobs. And so what that means is out of that, a lot of beliefs are developed. And we believe that our profession is a very important one. It's something that's capable of improving careers and saving careers, and even saving lives and making people happier and helping them enjoy themselves and really fall into something that's meaningful.
It's important to realize your goals at the beginning of the process may not be the same as they are at the end of the process. A lot of times attorneys don't understand everything there is about their marketability. Regardless of what your goals are, our goal will be to do whatever is necessary to reach where you want to go.
One of the things that attorneys fear is that if they show any weakness, that weakness is going to be turned against them, and people aren't going to want to work with them. But if you hide something from a potential employer, it can backfire in a big way. It's important to be honest with your LPP because we can help you navigate the waters when addressing perceived weaknesses or complications.
There's a lot of conditions where I recommend an attorney stay in the current firm. One of the main ones is that something trivial happens, someone will make a negative remark to someone or something will happen where the person is upset or they think they need to start looking. And that's not always the case.
You may be at a smaller law firm, but you just may have something inside of you that just demanding to do so much better and you're excelling. You're outgrowing your firm. You show the potential to just go all the way and you have fight and energy, and you just got it in you and that's the kind of person who should be moving to a bigger firm.
One of the reasons is to be in a position where you can get business. If an attorney wants to get business, then smaller firms typically have lower billing rates, there's not going to be as many conflicts when you do try to bring in a client, you may be able to do a lot of the work yourself because your billing rate's lower.
The way a blind submission works is you might say, "I'm working with a third-year corporate associate who's at a top law firm and went to a great law school," because you don't want the person to know who they are, right? And say, "Would you be interested in seeing their resume?" And then the law firm may or may not respond.