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5th year associate. Nearly all my law practice experience is litigation. I am looking to transition from litigation to transactional work. What can I do to help myself transition to another area of law. Take a bunch of CLEs, attend events, do pro Bono work etc. (Specially looking to transition to comercial real estate transactional work). I do have an LLM in real property development so I have exposure to CRE

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You can get your foot in the door by trying construction litigation. Find a firm that does construction with a touch of real estate transaction, and then ask the real estate partner to let you assist and learn. Our firm for example is nearly all construction law, and most of that is litigation. But we do construction contract negotiations and we have one real estate partner who does transactional work. So you can ask to try those areas.

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Start connecting with the partners at your firm that do the work you're interested in.

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Ngl, this is going to be a tough sell. RE is barely hiring right now, and 5th year is pretty senior to be switching. I assume you’d be willing to take a class year cut, you’d probably have to get hired as a second year or something. I would not expect the LLM to matter much but at least gives you a solid answer for how/why you got interested in RE. Not saying you can’t do it, but it’s going to be uphill battle until Covid is done.

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Yes I think so. Still hard to retool as a senior, but I do think the current recession in RE work is specifically pandemic related, e.g., no ones going to hotels, no ones going to offices, no ones going to physical stores. There’s still movement in multifamily and construction/development, but all the existing RE people are already trying to pivot to that, they’re not trying to hire someone new. It’s not going to be flipping a switch post Covid but it’ll start coming back after. I hope, or my career is done lol.

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I am too!!! 7th litigation associate in BL trying to move to RE transaction. I just got my first assignment from a RE partner after asking and patiently waiting for weeks.

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