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Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Lumieres » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:56 pm

For the people who have been practicing for 2+ years, how difficult is it to get hired in big law after spending a few years working as an associate at a small firm?

Also, do grades/ECs like law review still matter at this point?

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby ExBiglawAssociate » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:09 pm

Unless you're coming off a prestigious clerkship, it's extremely hard to get into biglaw if you're not already in biglaw. This is especially true for junior associates. Your best bet is to do an Article III federal clerkship and try to break your way in. Going from a small firm to biglaw is very hard to do, and it's pretty much impossible if you didn't have the grades to get biglaw in the first place.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby holdencaulfield » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:26 am

Agree it's very tough. For laterals with 2-3 years, they generally require the same grades/school that they require for new recruits. They also generally require biglaw or clerkship experience.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:48 am

What about a midsized law firm that doesn't pay market but is nevertheless respected regionally?

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:27 am

Also, what if you did have top grades, but just decided to pursue something different for a few years?

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:20 am

Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby lawyerwannabe » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:28 am

Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This post literally adds nothing to the thread. You don't address OP's question at all.

Also, just because people give what appear to be pessimistic answers does not mean that those same answers are not realistic. We are all glad you are doing Biglaw caliber work. Just not sure how that helps the OP.
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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby AllTheLawz » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:30 am

Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This isn't biglaw.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:31 am

AllTheLawz wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This isn't biglaw.


It's called an analogy.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:33 am

lawyerwannabe wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This post literally adds nothing to the thread. You don't address OP's question at all.

Also, just because people give what appear to be pessimistic answers does not mean that those same answers are not realistic. We are all glad you are doing Biglaw caliber work. Just not sure how that helps the OP.


It adds to the thread in the sense that my post intends to minimize the impact of negativity in the other posts here. Duh

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby AllTheLawz » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:36 am

Anonymous User wrote:
AllTheLawz wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This isn't biglaw.


It's called an analogy.


No it isn't. Getting a non-biglaw firm when people said you wouldn't is not analogous to getting a biglaw firm when people said you wouldn't. They have an entirely different set of requirements and odds.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby lawyerwannabe » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:37 am

Anonymous User wrote:
AllTheLawz wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This isn't biglaw.


It's called an analogy.


I want to be a billionaire. I have a good idea for a business, but it isn't mindblowing. People told me it is unlikely (because it is). I don't listen to these people. I automatically become a billionaire?

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby lawyerwannabe » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:39 am

Anonymous User wrote:
lawyerwannabe wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Don't listen to these negative ppl. You can get to biglaw. I was bottom of my class at a crap tier 2 and now I'm at a near 100 atty firm making good money and doing biglaw caliber work. Ppl here were telling me I should drop out of school. That I would not get any decent job. That might reflect their own inabilities. That's why they need these guaranteed tracks to success.


This post literally adds nothing to the thread. You don't address OP's question at all.

Also, just because people give what appear to be pessimistic answers does not mean that those same answers are not realistic. We are all glad you are doing Biglaw caliber work. Just not sure how that helps the OP.


It adds to the thread in the sense that my post intends to minimize the impact of negativity in the other posts here. Duh


By "analogizing" to a completely different situation involving an outcome not asked about by the OP? Makes sense.

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Re: Lateral Hiring for Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:41 am

More like here's an example that demonstrates ppl on this site are overly negative. Therefore take their over-negativity into account.




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