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Lateral timing Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:30 am

I'm a 3L who will be going to a biglaw firm as a corporate associate in St Louis and I want to end up in Chicago for family.

When and how should I start looking to lateral? Should I utilize a headhunter? One year out, two years out?

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Re: Lateral timing Advice

Postby nealric » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I'm a 3L who will be going to a biglaw firm as a corporate associate in St Louis and I want to end up in Chicago for family.

When and how should I start looking to lateral? Should I utilize a headhunter? One year out, two years out?


You will be most marketable once you are a 3rd year, but it's possible to lateral beforehand. Keep in touch with people and keep your eye out for opportunities.

I would avoid recruiters where possible. They can actually hurt your chances compared to applying through someone you know at the firm. Keep your network in Chicago up.

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Re: Lateral timing Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:28 pm

Bump.

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Re: Lateral timing Advice

Postby dood » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:38 pm

avoid bad recruiters. good recruiters are very helpful but they dont have time for you until you're desirable. e.g., they wont waste time trying to place a first year corp guy if they can easily place a 4th year patent lit associate. since they get more commission for less work. so yeah, wait a bit and ask for a recommendation from associates who have been placed.

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Re: Lateral timing Advice

Postby tyroneslothrop1 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:59 pm

Echo what the people above say. However, there is no reason you cannot start looking day 1. It will be more difficult than as a third year, but if you don't land anything, well, just keep working at your current job. If you do, then goal fulfilled!

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Re: Lateral timing Advice

Postby misterjames » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:51 pm

advice i've been hearing: if you know someone at the firm (and I mean truly know them, not some friend's cousin you've never met before), then reach out and ask if they can help. if you don't know anyone, that's where a good recruiter can help.



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