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Too early to lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:12 am

Just started at a regional law firm after graduating this last spring and passing the bar this summer. Firm has pushed me into an area of law I don't have long term interest in (boring to me and partners in this area have lower billing rates than the rest of the firm, so lower compensation long term). Noticed a position open at comparable firm in practice area I was trying to get into during law school (have a graduate degree and a little experience in this field). Am I crazy to reach out to this firm about this position? Will I be branded as someone who won't stick around because I have only been working at my current firm for a few months? I have a good relationship with one of the partners at the comparable firm who I could talk to who could keep it discreet. Just thought I would ask before reaching out.

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Re: Too early to lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:32 am

Generally frowned upon, but you should try. I’ve seen people lateral during stub years before.

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Re: Too early to lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:48 am

Anonymous User wrote:Generally frowned upon, but you should try. I’ve seen people lateral during stub years before.


Screw frowned upon. Firms will dump you in a heartbeat when it suits them. If they put you in a practice group you had no interest in, I'd jump at an opportunity to go do something you're interested in long-term. This is your career, and law firms do not give a shit about you. Do what is best for you.

That said, make sure if you take a new opportunity that you plan to stay there a few years. Jumping ship multiple times after short stints will look bad, but doing it once won't kill you--lots of people take jobs that they quickly realize suck.

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Re: Too early to lateral?

Postby coramnonjudice » Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:57 pm

Absolutely jump ship. Moving to different firms has become much more acceptable in the last 10 years and shouldn't permanently hurt your chances as long as you stay at the place you moved to for a while. Speaking from experience.

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Re: Too early to lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:50 pm

Yes, don't worry about it. If it's just a few months, you might even be able to leave it off your resume. They already screwed you over by not placing you in the group you want to be in. If you wait longer, you'll just be wasting your time while other people your year are gaining valuable experiences.



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