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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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Thoughts on applying for a position for a wrong class year? (e.g., a 2nd year applying for a 3rd year position) Is it a "Nothing to lose" situation or is there reason to be more cautious?

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What are great mid-size, regional law firms (with an office in D.C. or Northern Virginia) that have strong IP Transactions, Commercial Transactions and Privacy Practices? I was previously in Big Law … more

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Referral for an interview for a dream job, emailed availability for Zoom meeting to the interviewer. Never heard back. Got an email this morning saying they waited on zoom for ten minutes but I was a … more

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In what types of instances will an offer be rescinded due to conflicts?

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Need advice. I was made an offer by a national firm and I am not sure if I should take it. Comp is slightly less than my pre-Covid salary but higher than my current cut salary. They are throwing in a … more

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Is it better to just leave a job off your resume if it’s less than 6 months? I’m afraid of coming across as a job hopper but also feel I gained valuable experience during my fairly short stint.

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How does one go about working with a legal recruiter? I’m connected to a few on LinkedIn but don’t want to reach out to a recruiter that my current firm has a relationship with....

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Is it better to do an interview in person but outside with social distancing, masks, etc. or over Zoom?

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How much do recruiters pay if you give them a referral that they end up placing? Thanks.

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Is it possible for a candidate to hire a recruiter to work for them?

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I am pursuing a career in international arbitration and commercial litigation and of course having a hard time finding any applicable entry level positions. I would be grateful for any advice or insig… more

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Looking to shift from litigation to corporate roles. Considering these difficult times, does it make sense to take a corporate in-house paralegal position within a large company? The goal would be t… more

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What's the review process for firms. I have people getting rejected but I haven't heard anything. Is it interviews, offers, rejections? Or is it review/ interview and rejections then offers.

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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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