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Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:22 pm

I'm entering my 3L year at a TT and have been considering changing my last name to something more "lawyer like." My current last name is difficult to pronounce for most and I just wanted to hear the opinions of TLS'ers on how much this could make a difference for employment prospects and, more importantly, client prospects. Also, those of you who think changing my last name would be a good idea, could I hold off on it or should I change it ASAP since I will be networking like crazy this year to secure an associate gig by the time I graduate next summer. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby dingbat » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:13 pm

I wouldn't bother.
Many lawyers use their first name (I will)

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:20 pm

It won't make any difference. Unless you plan on starting your own firm, your last name will never matter. At the firm I SA at, I called everybody Mr./Ms. when I was introduced to them, and they all insisted on being called by their first name. But if you're dead set on it, change it ASAP so you network with the same name from the get-go.

Now that that's over--seriously? Out of all the things you could do to make yourself more appealing to employers, you land on change your last name?

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:22 pm

not the op

but i've been thinking about changing both my first name and last name to something more domestic sounding

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby JusticeJackson » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:26 pm

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Mr. Pancakes » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:37 pm

Changing your name is weird. People will think you're weird when they find out. Nobody likes weirdos.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby morally0bese » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:53 pm

My dad changed his name because he was being discriminated against in the navy. He later became an attorney where a name like cohenbaumensteinberg might be advantageous :) oy,

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:53 pm

Yup, I think this is trying too hard. I would personally find it off-putting if I found out you were literally willing to change your identity for like 0.01% better odds of getting a job.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:54 pm

morally0bese wrote:My dad changed his name because he was being discriminated against in the navy. He later became an attorney where a name like cohenbaumensteinberg might be advantageous :) oy,

QFP

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Nova » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:06 pm

What names are you flirting with, OP?

Please share.


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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby crazycanuck » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:43 pm



I have filled up at Dick Assmans gas station, we drove way out of our way to do it.

Unfortunately the assman was not there :(

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby prezidentv8 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:55 pm

dingbat wrote:I wouldn't bother.
Many lawyers use their first name (I will)


We put clients first here at Tony, Gretchen, and Bob LLC.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby jarofsoup » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:55 pm

I think it is always appropriate to change your name to match one of the partners names of the firm. Something like Michael Watkins, or Michelle Piper.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby RedBirds2011 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:57 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:
dingbat wrote:I wouldn't bother.
Many lawyers use their first name (I will)


We put clients first here at Tony, Gretchen, and Bob LLC.


Lol






OP, what region of the country are you in? That could be relevant to what last name would be advantageous.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby justonemoregame » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:07 pm

Initial the first name and go with your middle and surname

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby LOLyer » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:21 pm

Am I the only one who thinks this is completely ridiculous???

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby NewHere » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:23 pm

If your name is actually embarrassing (e.g. if you're Billy Idiot or Jane Whorehouse), by all means go ahead and change your name. If it's just a foreign name, I'm afraid that your question alone suggests that you're either immature or insecure, or both.

Think of it this way: If you become a successful lawyer and people are talking about you and recommend you, you're better off as Eleftherios Karapanagioti than as John D. Smith, who is indistinguishable from all other lawyers sharing his name, and virtually unGoogleable.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:45 pm

LOLyer wrote:Am I the only one who thinks this is completely ridiculous???

Yes. On TLS, we either tell people who ask stupid questions how stupid they are or we play along.
NewHere wrote:Think of it this way: If you become a successful lawyer and people are talking about you and recommend you, you're better off as Eleftherios Karapanagioti than as John D. Smith, who is indistinguishable from all other lawyers sharing his name, and virtually unGoogleable.

This advice actually isn't that bad.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby cinephile » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:45 pm

I don't think this is ridiculous or weird. If you haven't had an impossible to pronounce or spell last name, then you don't get it. Really, people would just look at it and stutter, or just pause and were awkward like Ms. ......?!?!

Anyway, I cut the last 7 letters off my last name to make it simpler on myself and the rest of the world. And it's been just fine. Maybe that's a compromise that would work with your name?

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Mr. Pancakes » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:28 pm

If I end up practicing in New York I'm changing my last name to something that ends with a "stein" or "berg".

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby aca0260 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:30 pm

This isn't ridiculous at all.

Change your name if it is going to give you more confidence. If your name is ethnic (and I assume it is), we're probably butchering the pronunciation of it to the point that its isnt your real name any way.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby bernaldiaz » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:37 pm

Mr. Pancakes wrote:If I end up practicing in New York I'm changing my last name to something that ends with a "stein" or "berg".


http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_ur ... WqeI&gl=US

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby Mr. Pancakes » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:42 pm

bernaldiaz wrote:
Mr. Pancakes wrote:If I end up practicing in New York I'm changing my last name to something that ends with a "stein" or "berg".


http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_ur ... WqeI&gl=US

Yep, just watched that recently.

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Re: Changing Last Name to Something More "Marketable"

Postby morally0bese » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:55 pm

CURB YAR!




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