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Hi Fish! Anyone ever transitioned from litigation to a transactional role via lateraling? For context - I am a second year associate. Any tips? Do I use recruiter or get in touch with firms directly?

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Been trying to do the same thing and my recruiter basically made it seem like it was an impossibility. I am a 3rd going on 4th year for reference. She did not say that exactly, but tip toed around the issue and started suggesting other ideas saying "well, why don't we try this instead..." Everything she has pitched me has been litigation despite me telling her many times I'm trying to step away from litigation. I have started looking for more in-house positions that value my experience but don't require much actual litigation. But if you come across a good recruiter for switching practice groups, do tell!

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A1, I’d reach out to classmates or other alum to grab coffee or something first.

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I’m trying to do that too and not finding it quite as easy.

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Same here. One firm did a screener and rejected me rest have ghosted

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I did it. I got rejected many times. Don’t sweat it. Go on LinkedIn and find anyone from your law school that is doing transactional work that you find interesting. Cold message them. It took me about a year and many rejections, but it happened. Become the ultimate networker….get your story straight on why you want to retool. It will happen if you put the effort in!

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If you know any firms doing this for tech trans let me know please

Want to do the exact opposite 😂

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I’ve been told it will be accomplished through networking

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