transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

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transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:44 pm

so... i badly want to be in DC (all of my family including significant other is there)... but have yet to have more than a few nibbles in DC. How much flexibility do firms typically have with associates wanting to transfer offices?

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby rad lulz » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:57 pm

Depends on the firm, and depends on what you do at the firm.

Even if you work in a firm that has a DC office, but you've been mostly doing, say, hedge fund work, which there isn't a ton of in DC, it's gonna be harder to transfer.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby IAFG » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:02 pm

rad lulz wrote:Depends on the firm, and depends on what you do at the firm.

Even if you work in a firm that has a DC office, but you've been mostly doing, say, hedge fund work, which there isn't a ton of in DC, it's gonna be harder to transfer.

This. If I wanted to move to DC, I'd 1) gun clerkships, HARD, 2) try for general lit to maximize lateral options 3) if I didn't get a clerkship or didn't get DC after clerking, put in 2 years and then try to move offices, but also be exploring options outside my firm.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby Loose Seal » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:31 pm

Agree that it depends on the firm. At our firm, we only take one or two transfers form the NY office a year, if that.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby englawyer » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:41 am

i would ask to split your summer w/ your firm's dc office after they give you a summer associate offer but before you accept. you have a decent amount of leverage at that point. they know if they don't agree to a split, a competitor might and you will be gone.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby Aqualibrium » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:45 am

englawyer wrote:i would ask to split your summer w/ your firm's dc office after they give you a summer associate offer but before you accept. you have a decent amount of leverage at that point. they know if they don't agree to a split, a competitor might and you will be gone.


Agree on the timing, but lol at summer associates having "leverage" or firms caring all that much if a summer decides to go elsewhere.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:21 am

Are ties still a relevant factor when lateraling between offices? Just accepted an offer to a satellite office in a city I'd rather not be in long-term.

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Re: transferring offices after SA or a few years of assoc. work?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:29 am

Anonymous User wrote:Are ties still a relevant factor when lateraling between offices? Just accepted an offer to a satellite office in a city I'd rather not be in long-term.


I don't think ties are that relevant. From talking to some biglaw partners they seem to need you to fill a niche and you practice area needs to be relevant to the other office's needs. It especially helps if the firm is trying to expand/build up the office in the city you want to switch to. [ie...Mike does good work on lit, we want to develop a strong lit practice in LA, let's send him there...].




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