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I’m working with a recruiter trying to lateral to a smaller Midwest market and not really happy with them. They are just sending me general firms that they’ll send my resume to, not actual listings. O… more

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I have an excellent resume as a corporate attorney, have great references and experience, am a likeable person but am in the process of being laid off due to COVID. What are my prospects of finding a … more

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I was extended an offer over the weekend with a lateral firm. Along with the offer they provided a conflict checks form. I’m going to accept the offer, no doubt about it. But should I wait until some … more

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I’m considering moving from NYC to Florida for family reasons, and I’m worried about my prospects. I’m a 7th-year associate at a mid-sized firm and most of my experience is in arbitration. As a senior… more

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Any thoughts on changing fields of law? I have been actively networking and trying to get a position with an admiralty and maritime law firm. This is a niche field of law and it has been really diffic… more

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Is it common practice for firms to pay for tail malpractice coverage of newly hired partners?

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I am a fourth-year management-side employment attorney looking for a new role. If you know of, or are hiring for, any open employment counsel positions (either remote or New York-based), I’d love to c… more

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Not sure how this works, but I am currently looking for an associate position in Los Angeles area. Can anyone send firms that are hiring.

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New income partner, looking to leave my too-small firm. Options are medium firms where my rate would be similar or increase a little v big firm where my rate would increase a lot. My clients are more … more

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Whats an overall stronger title, in-house counsel or staff attorney? Any alternative to the two?

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I just installed this app, so i dunno if this is appropriate forum (channel? Bowl?) for this inquiry, but is anyone thinking about job seeking overseas? Is there any better way than to constantly chec… more

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Not normal? 4th yr associate in VERY niche practice area in arb/lit. Work w/large team as counsel for fortune 200 companies, not expected to generate business. Not getting much practical experience.

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I applied for a mid-level associate position with a large regional firm in September but haven’t heard back. They just posted another job opening in a different practice group that I am also interest… more

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Can anyone explain the value of a recruiter if you are consistently locating and sending them relevant job postings? They are always lovely to speak with but I’m wondering if it is better to just appl… more

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Does anyone have experience interviewing with or working for GitHub?

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Leaving tax to join a mid-tier Tax law firm. I have an LLB and ADIT, is it worth the move? I know I’ll probably take a ‘rank’ hit considering I don’t have an LLM and only have 4 years experience. Ho… more

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Hello, I am finalist for an in house position at a major academic health center. I’ve been asked to take a one hour written exam consisting of a hypothetical assignment. I’m quite nervous and don’t re… more

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Is it possible to lateral as a counsel with 10+ years experience to another firm with a path to being considered for partner? Or is the chance of making partner gone if it doesn’t happen at the first … more

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Hi I have a situation that I’d appreciate some advice on. A random recruiter contacted me on LinkedIn and after speaking with them, i gave them permission to apply to a few firms. However this person … more

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Hi everyone! Hope you're doing well. I am actively looking for job opportunities in Bengaluru, India for the position of an Assistant Legal Counsel. I have put down my papers and i am serving my n… more

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I did an initial interview with a firm Thursday morning. They asked for references and I provided them the following day along with my thank you note. In past experiences, I would have heard something… more

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Thoughts on government attorneys applying for 4-5 year lateral positions in the private sector? I constantly see openings for insurance defense and general litigation. I have more experience than the… more

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Entering my 2nd year as a medical malpractice (insurance) defense litigator. My billables are 2200 per year, even during WFH and COVID while the courts are moving very slowly. Any advice as to what I … more

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Jumping from government (5 yrs criminal) to family practice. What are some reasonable salary questions/standards to ask for since I'm not bringing a book? Dc/metro region, small-mid size firm

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Does anyone know what the Billable requirement is for Stockwell Harris? (Workers compensation firm) I have heard some crazy numbers from 240-300 a month

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Do firms or other employers look for new hires during the holiday season? Is it worth starting to hunt for a new job at the end of this year? Or should I wait until the beginning of next year?

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How would you evaluate an offer where firm keeps 30%, originator gets 30%, and worker gets 40%? 30% includes office, paralegal and associates. You keep 100% of collections from portable business for… more

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I am working in a tech startup. We deal with contracts. My job spans a number of areas in the company. I work with Client Success Managers helping clients extract certain data from their contracts, ou… more

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What sort of compensation should you expect for lateraling to a firm in another market ASAP (moving costs? Signing bonus (esp if you’ll be missing out on your EOY bonus)? Payment for rent in former ci… more

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What is the market rate compensation for a 2nd or 3rd year L&E associate in Ohio?

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Why do recruiters email you for you to say “yes I’m interested”and then never email you back?

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Any advice for a junior associate looking to lateral to a different practice group in the Dallas area?

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What's the normal application timeline for big law. From application to first contact, etc?

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I’m a Fed law clerk (district level) who’s clerkship will end august 2021. Im looking into hiring a recruiter but don’t know where to start. Looking primarily for big law in NYC/DC. Any help is apprec… more

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How long is too long? I interviewed with a mid size firm in mid September, and haven't heard the results yet. Got a courtsey email for first two weeks stating they will come back by next week. But… more

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What is an appropriate salary for a 2nd year associate at a boutique entertainment law firm?

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How is the international arbitration market in DC/NY now - is it likely to improve in the next couple months? I am looking to lateral from govt into a practice with a substantial investment arb focus.

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Curious if anyone else is or has been in the same boat. I started as an assistant at an entertainment law firm prior to passing the bar. Upon passing, the partner told me they would hire an assistant … more

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What are some non-firm exit options for restructuring associates? Third year at v30 dreaming about a better future 🤔

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Highest paying junior associate role(s), including area of law

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