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.
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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