Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

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Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:47 am

My boyfriend has an offer in NYC, and the firm is a boutique only in NYC.

My job is in LA. Because I'm a year ahead, I'll have a year to work before he graduates.

Is it possible to lateral to NYC biglaw from LA biglaw for a 'no-hard-feelings' reason after only a year?

What should I consider when doing this?

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:49 am

Anonymous User wrote:My boyfriend has an offer in NYC, and the firm is a boutique only in NYC.

My job is in LA. Because I'm a year ahead, I'll have a year to work before he graduates.

Is it possible to lateral to NYC biglaw from LA biglaw for a 'no-hard-feelings' reason after only a year?

What should I consider when doing this?


Can't you intra-firm transfer?

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby Danger Zone » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:49 am

Sure, especially with such a good reason.
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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:My boyfriend has an offer in NYC, and the firm is a boutique only in NYC.

My job is in LA. Because I'm a year ahead, I'll have a year to work before he graduates.

Is it possible to lateral to NYC biglaw from LA biglaw for a 'no-hard-feelings' reason after only a year?

What should I consider when doing this?


Can't you intra-firm transfer?


The practice area I was hired into isn't represented in the NY office.

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby Vincent Adultman » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:19 pm

Danger Zone wrote:Sure, especially with such a good reason.

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby smokeylarue » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:48 pm

It's not unheard of, but it will be difficult/unlikely. Lateral market for 1st years is almost non-existent.

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby masque du pantsu » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:05 pm

I dont' think it will be as hard as people think. Remember the OP will be lateraling as a second year, not a first year. So sure, not your most marketable period ever (that starts more like your third year) but certainly doable, especially for a "no hard feelings" reason

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby lolwat » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:09 pm

masque du pantsu wrote:I dont' think it will be as hard as people think. Remember the OP will be lateraling as a second year, not a first year. So sure, not your most marketable period ever (that starts more like your third year) but certainly doable, especially for a "no hard feelings" reason


I think this is right, but I'm not sure about the difficulties. The problem won't be so much whether NYC biglaw will ask why OP is lateraling, but whether they have any need for a second year lateral. (Plus, assumptions might be made before your cover letter gets read in detail or you get to an interview stage to discuss why you're lateraling.)

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Re: Is it possible to lateral after only one year?

Postby SmokeytheBear » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:24 pm

smokeylarue wrote:It's not unheard of, but it will be difficult/unlikely. Lateral market for 1st years is almost non-existent.


It happens but its difficult.



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