kryptix wrote:Anonymous User wrote:what are the best options if I'm a first year in lit and think I'd be a better fit in transactional, but my firm is more lit-focused and couldn't/wouldn't let me switch departments. I know most of this is firm/school dependent, but I don't really know what my roadmap should be.
You can always try to lateral by networking (perhaps be willing to drop a class year while you're at it). Also if you're a good performer you could try to get some work from trans partners directly and if they like you have them go to bat for you to make the switch?
Credited. I've seen 2nd year lit attorneys lateral to be 1st year transactional attorneys. It's probably not easy (the transactional practice is going to be in a position where it truly needs juniors), but it is possible. It's also possible within your own firm, depending on how busy the respective practice areas are and how rigid the firm is about things like that (still rare though).