Anonymous User wrote:I'm a 3L who is going to work at a V10 in NYC this fall after graduating. I think I will like NYC for a while, but I don't plan on staying forever. Any advice for someone who wants to lateral to a secondary market? FWIW, the V10 I'm at doesn't have any offices in the market(s) I would be transferring to.
ETA: Are there any practice groups that make it easier to lateral or ones that would be particularly ill advised?
It's really hard to give specific advice on lateraling to a secondary market, since there's a lot of variation in the habits of specific secondary markets. For example, one's first instinct when lateraling is to work with a headhunter. For some secondary markets, that's ill advised. For others, it's absolutely necessary.
That said, leaving to go from NYC to a secondary market is so common that you should otherwise have no issue. However, some secondary markets will want to see some degree of commitment before agreeing even to interview. This can be accomplished in a number of ways:
1) Take and pass the state bar that encompasses that market (doesn't apply to DC, because it's assumed you can just waive in).
2) Say that you'll be in the market, on your own volition and expense, on certain dates (i.e., to visit family, friends, whatever), and that it would be great if you could meet some attorneys at the firm.
In terms of practice areas, I've always felt that corporate had an easier time if only because the practice isn't so "bar dependent," but I really could be wrong.
And if you're going to be working with a headhunter, do a lot of research and interviewing of headhunters before you select one. A good one can help you, but a bad one can really, really hurt you. You might get an email every once in while from Amy Kossoris. I've heard some very, very bad things about her.