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I am in sixth year at a top firm in Toronto. I’m considering lateraling to another firm that does very similar work to what I’m currently doing, essentially because I strongly dislike the culture at my current firm. If you have lateraled for a culture-related issue, what do you wish you had asked before signing? Do you think there is a way to truly suss out culture before working somewhere? I have several law school classmates at this new firm so will obv ask them.

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Having lateraled a couple times, it’s tough to gauge. I’d ask for some meals and coffees with current associates in the group you’re joining once you have an offer. Best bet is to have multiple contacts in the exact practice group you’re joining and getting all the pluses and minuses from them, including which partners and types of matters to work on (people underweight the fact that associates have different cultural preferences).

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Try to reach out to former associates too. I did that and got mixed reviews for my current firm (with one very detailed and turns out realistic one) but for one firm I got 5 former associates and one former partner who all said to be weary. Glad I avoided and ended up at a competitor for same pay as I was offered and what seems like a better culture.

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