Will You Do The Job Long Term
[00:00:00] I've been out of law practice for years, I'm ready to get back into it. How will I compare with a recent grad and others without significant gaps in their field? How should I frame my situation positively?
Okay. Firms, because they're composed of women and men. If a woman leaves a law firm to go have children or something and comes back a couple of years later, law firms are perfectly fine with that. One firm, I was just absolutely amazed. I was I dunno, it was Davis Polk. There was a woman that left Davis Polk for I don't know, 20 years ago raised kids after her first year and then wanted to come back and they let her come back, maybe her first or second year.
Certain law firms are very open with this kind of stuff. They're totally cool about it. It's nothing really to worry about. Other law firms will make it an issue, but if you leave for several years, you typically need to have some sort of a reason for it.
And again, the way that the whole thing plays itself out on the market is, you need to find firms that are going to have a difficult time finding someone like you. That means, often smaller markets, smaller firm, [00:01:00] a firm where you have where skills or from that no one knows about.
And, that's really the best way to find a position you need to find under marketed firms. That should help you the most.
You have to remember that all firms are going through this stock process, they're saying, can you do the job?
Will you do the job long-term? The problem, most people, again, that leave the practice of law and the law firm wants to bring them back typically or they want to go back typically believe again. So, it's very common for people to leave and then want to come back and talk firms in Atlanta and come back.
But the problem is most people that do that, don't stick with it. And law firms in very large markets, which are places like New York and so forth, especially the largest ones realize that. And they're just like, why would we take a chance on someone if we don't have to.