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Federal Circuit Court Law Clerk with No Law Firm Experience


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A Federal Circuit Court Law clerk with no law firm experience contacted us to help find him a position once his clerkship ended. This attorney was located in a very remote market and interested in relocating to a major US legal market. The attorney has also been doing clerkships for the past few years since graduating from law school.
Federal Circuit Court Law Clerk with No Law Firm Experience

While clerkship is an impressive thing—especially Federal Circuit Court clerkship— law firms also want to hire people that have law firm experience. Is important for law firms when hiring laterally that an attorney who worked as a summer associate in a law firm and proven themselves there by getting an offer. It is also important that the attorney had worked as a summer associate because it shows that they have an interest in working for private practice. Many attorneys take clerkships and then go on to government and never work inside of a law firm. When an attorney does not work in a law firm after their second summer of law school, law firms often presume that is not something the attorney was interested in or, that the attorney may not have been able to get a job in a major law firm. In either case, this is not attractive to law firms.

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes
Before approaching us, this attorney had applied on his own to numerous law firms in large cities using online resources. One of the issues when an attorney applies to positions on their own is that the law firm may not necessarily understand their situation and they may not make it through preliminary screening. When we started contacting law firms on the attorney’s behalf, they had applied to and rejected by so many law firms it was difficult to find large law firms in major cities that did not receive this attorney’s application. Moreover, the attorney had not kept a record of all the firms that he applied to and had essentially mass mailed his resume to hundreds of law firms. This created credibility issues for us as many of our clients told us that they had already received his resume and why are they receiving it again when they had already rejected it.
We were not deterred and continued contacting the law firms that he authorized and we believed to be were the best fits for him. Despite having been rejected by the same firms previously, we were able to interest some of the law firms that he had previously applied to in him. We are also able to get the attorney interviews with some truly outstanding law firms including a few of the best litigation boutiques in the country. Ultimately, we got the attorney a position in the Washington DC office of a major American law firm where he was going to be the “go to” associate for a very famous and well-known attorney.
We succeeded with the attorney because we were able to develop convincing reasons that he had never worked in a major law firm as a summer associate and also coach him to be very effective in law firms interviews— much more effective than he had been when he was in law school. Ultimately, this was a very successful placement and one that enabled the attorney to advance his career in a meaningful way. Without her involvement, I am not confident that this attorney would have been able to get a position in such a major law firm.

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About Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is a prominent figure in the legal placement industry, known for his expertise in attorney placements and his extensive knowledge of the legal profession.

With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as a leading voice in the field and has helped thousands of lawyers and law students find their ideal career paths.

Barnes is a former federal law clerk and associate at Quinn Emanuel and a graduate of the University of Chicago College and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist at the University of Chicago and a member of the University of Virginia Law Review. Early in his legal career, he enrolled in Stanford Business School but dropped out because he missed legal recruiting too much.

Barnes' approach to the legal industry is rooted in his commitment to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. He believes that the key to success in the legal profession is to be proactive, persistent, and disciplined in one's approach to work and life. He encourages lawyers to take ownership of their careers and to focus on developing their skills and expertise in a way that aligns with their passions and interests.

One of how Barnes provides support to lawyers is through his writing. On his blog, HarrisonBarnes.com, and BCGSearch.com, he regularly shares his insights and advice on a range of topics related to the legal profession. Through his writing, he aims to empower lawyers to control their careers and make informed decisions about their professional development.

One of Barnes's fundamental philosophies in his writing is the importance of networking. He believes that networking is a critical component of career success and that it is essential for lawyers to establish relationships with others in their field. He encourages lawyers to attend events, join organizations, and connect with others in the legal community to build their professional networks.

Another central theme in Barnes' writing is the importance of personal and professional development. He believes that lawyers should continuously strive to improve themselves and develop their skills to succeed in their careers. He encourages lawyers to pursue ongoing education and training actively, read widely, and seek new opportunities for growth and development.

In addition to his work in the legal industry, Barnes is also a fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He sees fitness and wellness as integral to his personal and professional development and encourages others to adopt a similar mindset. He starts his day at 4:00 am and dedicates several daily hours to running, weightlifting, and pursuing spiritual disciplines.

Finally, Barnes is a strong advocate for community service and giving back. He volunteers for the University of Chicago, where he is the former area chair of Los Angeles for the University of Chicago Admissions Office. He also serves as the President of the Young Presidents Organization's Century City Los Angeles Chapter, where he works to support and connect young business leaders.

In conclusion, Harrison Barnes is a visionary legal industry leader committed to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. Through his work at BCG Attorney Search, writing, and community involvement, he empowers lawyers to take control of their careers, develop their skills continuously, and lead fulfilling and successful lives. His philosophy of being proactive, persistent, and disciplined, combined with his focus on personal and professional development, makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the legal profession.

About BCG Attorney Search

BCG Attorney Search matches attorneys and law firms with unparalleled expertise and drive, while achieving results. Known globally for its success in locating and placing attorneys in law firms of all sizes, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys in law firms in thousands of different law firms around the country. Unlike other legal placement firms, BCG Attorney Search brings massive resources of over 150 employees to its placement efforts locating positions and opportunities its competitors simply cannot. Every legal recruiter at BCG Attorney Search is a former successful attorney who attended a top law school, worked in top law firms and brought massive drive and commitment to their work. BCG Attorney Search legal recruiters take your legal career seriously and understand attorneys. For more information, please visit www.BCGSearch.com.
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