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Finding Small-law

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:59 pm

Biglaw and Midlaw are easy to find on NALP and even the Leadership Directories. Where would one look for Small-law firms that would actually consider hiring SAs? CSO knows nothing in this regard nor is there a useful database of firms that have hired from our school in the past.

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Re: Finding Small-law

Postby kaiser » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:02 am

Anonymous User wrote:Biglaw and Midlaw are easy to find on NALP and even the Leadership Directories. Where would one look for Small-law firms that would actually consider hiring SAs? CSO knows nothing in this regard nor is there a useful database of firms that have hired from our school in the past.


Search on Martindale. You can filter it to search for small firms. Whether they hire SA's is anyone's guess, and you will have to search individual websites and make calls to find that out. But Martindale gives you a starting point for at least finding out the names of small firms in your desired markets.

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Re: Finding Small-law

Postby kalvano » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:48 pm

Just email small firms in areas you want to work at. It's what I've done, and everyone has been very polite / helpful in replying. Most don't take summers or won't decide until early 2012, but now and then you get a surprise.

But even places that don't take summers have offered suggestions, people to talk to, etc.

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Re: Finding Small-law

Postby Void » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:48 pm

kalvano wrote:Just email small firms in areas you want to work at. It's what I've done, and everyone has been very polite / helpful in replying. Most don't take summers or won't decide until early 2012, but now and then you get a surprise.

But even places that don't take summers have offered suggestions, people to talk to, etc.


This.

Also, keep in mind that it's probably still very early for small firms to be thinking about their needs 7 or 8 months from now so you might get a lot of silence if you send out tons of emails now. I've heard that December/January is a better time, at least in my market.

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Re: Finding Small-law

Postby kalvano » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:58 pm

Void wrote:Also, keep in mind that it's probably still very early for small firms to be thinking about their needs 7 or 8 months from now so you might get a lot of silence if you send out tons of emails now.



I've gotten plenty of positive responses. I'm not sending out my resume, just asking if they hire summer people, and if so, when would be appropriate to apply. Pretty much everyone has answered with either no we don't, or please send us your info in X month. It's nice to know because then you can build a list for later on.

Also, some have said they aren't sure when / if they will be hiring, but they like my initiative and to go ahead and send them info. That has led to a couple good things as well.




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