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Ask A Legal Recruiter

I’m working with a recruiter trying to lateral to a smaller Midwest market and not really happy with them. They are just sending me general firms that they’ll send my resume to, not actual listings. One of those firms requires my law school transcript but I haven’t sent it yet. Today I just saw a posting on the bar website for a job with that same firm — do I have to go through the recruiter or can I apply myself?

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Unless you signed some sort of exclusive agreement with the recruiter, you can always direct apply. Just make sure recruiters don't try to submit your materials to that firm.

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There may not be openings in those cities for your practice area and they might just be checking in with their clients

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Due to our longstanding relationships, several of our law firm clients appreciate us presenting them with strong candidates even when the firm doesn't have an active search. By doing this, we use our relationships to try to open doors before a search is posted. Of course, this is different from just sending your resume around, which I don't recommend. Not sure which of these your recruiter is doing.

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