Any tips for navigating interviews when the reason I have to leave my firm is sensitive (I.e. legitimately the basis for a discrimination claim)? I am concerned about coming across as a problem or a flight risk, but am also concerned about saying too much about the situation, particularly until I can get out of this toxic work environment.

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You have to come up with a neutral explanation (e.g. you're looking for X practice area, etc.). It sucks, but anything else will be a red flag.

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Idk I had to leave a toxic work environment, and I just said I didn’t feel like the firm was a good fit for me. And explained that if I wasn’t a good fit for the firm they’d fire me, and I’m at a point where I’ve realized they are not a good fit for me, and it’s not the area of law that’s the issue, so I’m leaving it. I’ve learned a lot and I’m grateful for the time I had, but I’m ready to move on and it’s the best decision for my career.

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I literally was in the exact same situation as you a few months ago (I was dealing with discrimination and retaliation) and was able to get four offers with all AmLaw 10 firms. I’m a third year associate in a big law firm at my second firm in two years. Leaving to another firm would have made it my third firm in three years. So I know I needed to be judicious and have an answer ready. When they asked why I wanted to leave my the current firm, I always started with saying positive things about the firm and how much I’ve learned, then I said that because I’m at a critical point in my career (mid-level), I realize I need a bigger bench and depth of attorneys in my practice area. I also said that the group seems to be stagnant and not growing, which could impact my professional development. I’m starting at my new firm in a few weeks and couldn’t be more excited!

I think the most important thing is to have a good reason ready and not speak negatively about your current firm. Happy to chat privately if you’d like as well.

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I’m in a very similar situation. Glad to hear I’m not alone

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