Recruiters and the six month rule

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Recruiters and the six month rule

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:18 pm

So I’m not saying I’ve done this...I’m just wondering how it would play out given recruiters’ “six month” rule I keep hearing about:

Let’s say I direct submit an post clerkship Ap to a biglaw firm, and don’t hear anything for two months. Then i see that the firm posts a junior associate position and I don’t hear anything for another month (but I haven’t directly submitted to that position). Then a recruiter I work with mentions it to me and I neglect to tell the recruiter that I’ve already applied because maybe I think the recruiter has some connection to work that I do not. Recruiter submits me like 3 months after I first applied. Then I get an interview.

How does this play out? How exactly is the recruiter “six month” rule enforced? Would it annoy the firm or the recruiter when this comes to light? What if the firm likes me a lot? Would a potential offer be jeopardized because I wasn’t transparent about violating the six month rule?

What if I tweak the hypo a bit and say I got rejected for the unlisted post clerkship position a few weeks before the junior position is posted? Does that change things?

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Re: Recruiters and the six month rule

Postby swimmer11 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:54 am

Anonymous User wrote:So I’m not saying I’ve done this...I’m just wondering how it would play out given recruiters’ “six month” rule I keep hearing about:

Let’s say I direct submit an post clerkship Ap to a biglaw firm, and don’t hear anything for two months. Then i see that the firm posts a junior associate position and I don’t hear anything for another month (but I haven’t directly submitted to that position). Then a recruiter I work with mentions it to me and I neglect to tell the recruiter that I’ve already applied because maybe I think the recruiter has some connection to work that I do not. Recruiter submits me like 3 months after I first applied. Then I get an interview.

How does this play out? How exactly is the recruiter “six month” rule enforced? Would it annoy the firm or the recruiter when this comes to light? What if the firm likes me a lot? Would a potential offer be jeopardized because I wasn’t transparent about violating the six month rule?

What if I tweak the hypo a bit and say I got rejected for the unlisted post clerkship position a few weeks before the junior position is posted? Does that change things?


What is the "six month rule"? I have used recruiters before, and I have never heard of this.

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Re: Recruiters and the six month rule

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:53 am

swimmer11 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So I’m not saying I’ve done this...I’m just wondering how it would play out given recruiters’ “six month” rule I keep hearing about:

Let’s say I direct submit an post clerkship Ap to a biglaw firm, and don’t hear anything for two months. Then i see that the firm posts a junior associate position and I don’t hear anything for another month (but I haven’t directly submitted to that position). Then a recruiter I work with mentions it to me and I neglect to tell the recruiter that I’ve already applied because maybe I think the recruiter has some connection to work that I do not. Recruiter submits me like 3 months after I first applied. Then I get an interview.

How does this play out? How exactly is the recruiter “six month” rule enforced? Would it annoy the firm or the recruiter when this comes to light? What if the firm likes me a lot? Would a potential offer be jeopardized because I wasn’t transparent about violating the six month rule?

What if I tweak the hypo a bit and say I got rejected for the unlisted post clerkship position a few weeks before the junior position is posted? Does that change things?


What is the "six month rule"? I have used recruiters before, and I have never heard of this.


I’ve heard from multiple recruiters that they can’t submit an applicant if he’s been submitted to the place within the past six months. What I’m just not sure about is how they double-check if the applicant says no.

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Re: Recruiters and the six month rule

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:28 pm

My understanding has always been that the problem is the other direction from OP's situation. I.e., if a recruiter submits your resume, they are owed a fee if you take employment up with the firm in the next 6 months. If you apply directly (where no fee is owed) and then resubmit with a recruiter, there shouldn't be a problem. The only problem is if a recruiter submits you and then a second recruiter submits you a few months later, as a firm will only pay one recruiter fee.



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