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Do people negotiate for a signing bonus when they move to a midsize firm, or is that only for biglaw?

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I got one moving from BigLaw to midsize but framed it as moving expenses bc I was relocating markets

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I got a signing bonus when I just switched to a midsize from a small firm - not tied to relocation, I just asked for it and figured the worst they could do was say no!

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They're sparsely available in biglaw, so I'd imagine ever tougher at a midsize.

Second moving expenses maybe. But I wouldn’t expect more then a couple grand at most and ask delicately.

Actually fair point - now that I think about it, it actually got paid out of my recruiter’s fee as opposed to out of my firm’s pocket

I got a big signing bonus from moving to big to mid but did not go thru a recruiter.

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