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How do people go about applying to in house positions? LinkedIn? Recruiters?

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What’s the typical process for hiring/interviewing for a lateral position at an AmLaw 100 firm? Ie, how many rounds of interviews, timing between each interview, etc. Do firms typically interview X … more

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What’s the hiring market like in Texas for a 4th year investment management associate? I’m interested in Austin but understand there may be more opportunities in Houston or Dallas. Graduated with hono… more

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Advice on how to overcome a 3 year gap between graduating and being admitted to the bar with less than a year of any substantive legal work in between, or should I just quit law while I’m ahead? Don’t… more

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Is it ever appropriate to follow up with the firm's recruiting contact about an application you've submitted through the firm's website? I have a in-house offer but would much prefer a rol… more

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What are non-biglaw options for derivatives associates? I spent a few years in Corp/M&A and recently moved to derivatives. The work/life balance is slightly better and the team is great. Big fear… more

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What's the salary for a 2yr associate in a NYC firm? Clarification not a big law.

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Have any Legal recruiters helped place a junior (1-2 yr.) Staff/Diligence Attorney mainly focused on PE transactions/M&A at a V20 firm into a traditional partnership-track junior (1-3 yr) Associat… more

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Any advice for lateraling as a junior IP Associate? I am currently doing trademark, copyright, and media work but want to transition to technology transactions. I also have TCAM experience as a parale… more

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Just graduated from a lower tier law school, but passed the N.C. bar exam in July. I have worked with the EEOC, PD’s office, and civil litigation clinic throughout law school. Maybe it’s just the pand… more

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Other than law school rank, what do recruiters/hiring partners care about most on a resume? Specifically for 2nd/3rd year lateral associates.

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I’m a third-year associate with an Am Law 200, doing mostly transactional corporate/M&A work. I took the job right out of law school after working at the firm as a summer associate, but my goal ha… more

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does patent prosecution exist in nyc? i am a patent attorney thinking about making a move

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can someone explain why theres all these legal recruiters on here with the title "Partner"? seems a little ridiculous to have the title of partner when you are a legal recruiter.

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Is the hiring slowdown over? I contacted a few firms to inquire about lateral opportunities in late June/early July and was asked to check back in the fall due to hiring freezes. I wonder if I should … more

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Best suggestions for relocating to a new city/state without knowing anyone in the new city? How critical is it to have the bar admission for the new state before applying? Any information is appreciat… more

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5th big law ip attorney looking to make jump to firm with partner track or in-house with similar compensation and will take into consideration 10 years experience as an engineer. Any thoughts?

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What’s the average annual salary for a General Counsel at a $250-$300M construction company in Boston?

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What questions should you avoid asking in an initial interview? Compensation and comp structure? Partner track? And what time is appropriate to ask?

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Looking to switch from the Big4 to a law firm, any advice? I’ve been applying on indeed, but how else can I put myself out there?

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Any advice for lateraling as first-year business lit associate? I’m not getting any work at my current firm due to partner hoarding and overstaffing. Can I lateral this early or should I wait until I’… more

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Any recommendations for a third year cap mkts associate in nyc? What firm was the best culture and who's hiring

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PSA to all associates: having been around the block, I hate to see the notion being sold that recruiters have information about positions that are not listed. When it comes to lateral associate recrui… more

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Looking to switch firms, getting lots of recruiter emails, but have a hard time making any decisions since I don’t have the time/experience w/recruiters to weigh their companies. Not sure how to best … more

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When a job posting says 3-5 years of experience, does that mean a 3rd-5th year associate? Asking because there’s a bit of a discrepancy between the two, since if I graduated in May 2017, I’d be a thir… more

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I’m looking for a legal or managerial position in / or with companies working anywhere in Africa. I hold a BA LLB from University of Kwa Zulu Natal - admitted in Zimbabwe. 35 years experience working… more

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Most important factors in choosing a legal recruiter? Can't seem who the right choice is. Trying to move to la from nyc doing lit. Currently at a v20. And anyone know firms who accept laterals wit… more

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Any notice how many of these legal recruiters took ppp loans? Sadly not shocked, but how can they not be embarrassed to take ppp loans while still advertising jobs/recruiting and bragging about all th… more

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I am a legal recruiter with about a dozen years experience. I run my own search firm and have experience in multiple markets. I wanted to post a thread where anyone can ask any questions they need ans… more

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Top 3 law school, admitted since 2014. Went into public interest law but want to move to the private sector for higher pay. Is big law possible? What are good options?

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I was working with a recruiter to relocate to another market before covid and was recently stealthed. Should I share this information with my recruiter?

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Looking to relocate to Atlanta. Interest mostly in criminal defense. Any recommendations?

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I’m having a hard time breaking into document review as a recently barred attorney and it’s very discouraging because I’ve been told for years that anyone can pick it up easily, citing it as the “fast… more

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Family law attorney for the last 3 years and looking to do almost anything else. Any tips on where to start? I spent the last ten years working towards becoming a family law attorney so I am very lost… more

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Can I switch to transactional at a different firm after 1 year of litigation? Top 3 school with lackluster grades.

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Interviewed (via Zoom) with an out of town firm about a possible lateral position in mid-March. They were extremely positive, hinted at an offer, but stated it was a timing issue with COVID (understan… more

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Does anyone have insight on big tech in-house recruiting timelines? Seems COVID slowed them down significantly, but not sure by how much. Thanks!

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I got an offer for a new position and when I tried handing in my resignation, my supervising partner made me an offer of $10k more than my new with the new offer. I was leaving because of unfairness a… more

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What are good areas of civil law for prosecutors to transition to?

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I have been practicing in creditors rights/foreclosure in PA & NJ for around 4.5 years. Due to the foreclosure/eviction moratoriums there is no work to do and I was furloughed. I am looking to cha… more

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