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Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:50 pm

Hello,

I am going to be joining a V20 law firm next year after graduation, and will be doing corporate work (PE, securities, etc.). I don't want to live in NYC (or probably any big city) forever. Can I lateral to a smaller firm in a smaller city with this kind of background? What kind of work could I do? I want to be on a coast (probably the east coast), and not living in a city with such insane CoL. Anybody know anything about this?

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Re: Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby englawyer » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:01 pm

there are some firms/offices in the north carolina research area. Great CoL, near a coast, and not major cities. But I've heard its pretty hard to "break in" there as there isn't that much work.

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Re: Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby MPMP » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:18 pm

Perhaps a non-legal business/banking jobs would be a lateral move? Lots of transactional people appear to want to do that down the line, and those jobs must exist to some extent in some midsized cities, no?

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Re: Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby Kring345 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:21 pm

Relevant to my interests.

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Re: Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:29 pm

Are you originally from a secondary market? Did you go to undergrad in one? While researching secondary market firms, I noticed that there were a lot of attorneys who went to undergrad in the secondary market, went off to a T-14, spent a few years at a Vault range firm in a big city, and then came back home.

Anecdotal evidence, I admit, but ties are crucially important in smaller cities.

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Re: Law firms outside of big cities?

Postby DelDad » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:36 pm

Plug for Wilmington, DE. *Great* corporate work, as well as excellent bankruptcy and IP practices. Low cost of living (for those living in Wilmington or its suburbs; some associates choose to live in Philly and commute), but the bigger local firms pay $145k to start (Richards Layton & Finger, Morris Nichols, Young Conaway, etc), while Skadden, Fish & Richardson, and some of the boutiques start at $160. Very close to Philly, and a reasonable drive to NYC, Baltimore and DC. Let me know if you want more info.

People come to Delaware from NYC all the time; several people who prviously clerked for the judge I clerked for went to places like Weil, Skadden (NYC), etc for a few years and then lateraled to Delaware firms for lifestyle reasons.

Ties to the area, or at least the ability project the idea that you will be around for a while, are important, but if you are going to be at a V20, I guarantee you there is some alum of your firm who has made their way to Delaware and reaching out to that person could be a way in.




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