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Your long-term success in a major law firm depends heavily on the amount of talent you have in these four areas. READ MORE >
Is a boutique law firm right for you? Find out why it is often a much better choice for your legal career than a large law firm. READ MORE >
While boutique law firms may seem alluring from the outside, there are often many issues in them that can cause serious problems for your career. READ MORE >
Learn the 10 reasons it is extremely important for attorneys to work in major law firms. READ MORE >
Learn the most important factors you should look at when selecting which law firm to join so you avoid making these four fatal mistakes. READ MORE >
Like businesses as a whole, law practices come in all manner of sizes, from a solo shop all the way up through a 3,000+ attorney global mega firm, and everywhere in between. Many attorneys express a preference on general firm size in a lateral job search, because they have an impression that a particular size means particular things in terms of the firm culture, work opportunities, work-life balance, and overall fit. That can certainly all be true, but depending on what factor is driving that preference (e.g., a desire for collegiality, for broad assignment opportunities, for support in client development, etc.), it is a much more complex analysis to put together the right list of target firms than simply going by the overall size of the firm as a whole. READ MORE >
Everyone knows that the country’s biggest cities, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, are, not surprisingly, also the country’s biggest markets for legal employment. If you have spent your legal career to date in one of these large markets, it’s possible (if not probable) that the thought of working in a smaller market has never crossed your mind. But if you are in fact looking for a new position, you should consider living and working in a smaller market - like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Rochester, or Northern Virginia, for example – and here’s why: READ MORE >
Question: How do I know that my firm is the problem? Will I be happier at another firm, or are they all just basically the same? READ MORE >
Question:I work downtown, but I am considering an opportunity at a firm closer to my home in the suburbs. What factors should I be considering? READ MORE >
Question: Is work-life balance a realistic goal at “biglaw” firms? I just became a parent and I’m having a hard time managing work and family. My firm has a reputation for being one of the top firms to work for – what gives? READ MORE >
The question “What are your salary requirements?” is the interview equivalent of “Hands up!” In many cases, the question does not arise because large firms adhere to a “lock step” system. However, if you do need to field this question, there are several factors that you need to consider. READ MORE >
Purely as a numbers game, an attorney seeking to lateral into a firm in a smaller city/legal market is going to have a harder time finding and landing a job – the smaller the market, the fewer mid-to-large sized law firm jobs will be available. Making it even more difficult is the fact that smaller cities are often more desirable than larger markets due to quality-of-life and cost-of-living factors, which results in both lower turnover (people decide to stick around), and more people competing to fill the few openings that do come online. With a greater number of candidates and smaller number of positions, it is obvious that law firms in smaller markets can generally afford to be more selective. READ MORE >
How do I know if a small firm is reputable? READ MORE >
Moving from a large general practice firm to a smaller boutique environment requires a good deal of forethought and may require some significant adjustments. Recently, I spoke with a senior associate that was working at a boutique firm. She had been there for less than a year and had previously worked for a number of years at an AmLaw 100 law firm. I could hear the frustration in her voice about having made a move that she thought was definitely the wrong move for her career. Although obviously a very bright and accomplished attorney, she unfortunately had not considered the significant differences that can exist between large firm practice and practicing in a smaller boutique environment. Attorneys moving to a smaller boutique environment from a large general practice firm would be well advised to take note of some of significant differences that may impact their daily practice. READ MORE >
Four years ago, Joel Burcat glanced around the bar at a Washington conference center where Kirkpatrick & Lockhart was holding its firmwide retreat and didn't recognize a soul.
He had joined the firm, now known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, in 1988 as its 240th attorney. But by 2001, the firm's ranks had exploded to about 700, he said. Now, nearly 1,000 attorneys work for the transcontinental operation. READ MORE >
"Christina was great and really creative in identifying some opportunities that I wouldn't have ordinarily thought..." Read moreStephen CazaresUCLA School of Law, Class Of 1998Placed at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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