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Law Clerk Candidate Finds Unique Post-Graduate Opportunity in the Midwest

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This candidate was born and raised in the Midwest, and had attended a highly regarded regional school for undergrad where he had performed very well academically and majored in Political Science and Communications. Having an interest in law and politics, upon graduating from college, he had joined a state Senator's office and worked for two years prior to returning to law school in the same state. He performed very well in law school as well (graduating in the top 20% of his class), and was published in and elected the Editor-in-Chief of the school's Law Review.
Law Clerk Candidate Finds Unique Post-Graduate Opportunity in the Midwest

This candidate had performed a 2L summer associate ship with a highly-regarded regional firm in the state, where he had gained valuable litigation exposure (researching and drafting court documents for business and civil litigation clients), and enjoyed the experience. However, the opening that the firm had available for this candidate upon graduation was in the estate planning area, in which this candidate was not particularly interested. So, this candidate made the difficult choice to forego the opportunity, and instead accepted a state Supreme Court clerkship upon law school graduation.

This candidate's clerkship experience was highly immersive and impressive - with top judges in the state and performing sophisticated research and drafting work. However, it left him open with respect to his future employment upon the clerkship's completion. When this candidate came to BCG, he had recently elected to remain with the court for an additional year, and was seeking his next opportunity after finishing his clerkship the following summer. BCG was excited to work with an individual with such an impressive background and credentials. Additionally, we recognized that his incredibly strong ties to his Midwest state and experience with various regional schools and the court would make him a valuable candidate. He was open with respect to geography for a new opportunity, but BCG knew that his experience would be most marketable in his home state. While this candidate had already applied independently to several well-known firms in the region, BCG was able to expand the reach of his outreach to many additional firms of various types - large and small - that would not have been on his radar.
One such firm, a small boutique with highly-regarded partners, was very interested in this candidate and the talent and value they believed he could bring to their team. They had not had an active requisition/ job posting, but believed that they could not pass up on an opportunity to meet with and get to know this candidate further. While our candidate was not highly familiar with the firm prior to his initial dialogue, he quickly came to be highly impressed by the value proposition and prospective opportunity to join a small, sophisticated practice right in his home town. The firm extended an offer, and our candidate was thrilled to accept. He was able to complete his clerkship with the knowledge that he had a wonderful new opportunity lined up to begin his career in private practice. BCG was glad to have brought these parties together!

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,, and, 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
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