Made bad lateral move...what next?

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Made bad lateral move...what next?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:25 pm

I’m a third year in major market. After clerkship, I went to big law firm. I liked firm fine but the actual work wasn’t what I was promised. On advice of other, I looked at another firm with a strong group in my focus. After some hand-wringing I jumped at the year mark. I’ve been here for a few months now, and hate it. While the work is good, the group is run by truly one of the worst people I’ve met. Screams, belittles, taunts, assigns weekend busy work. Because small group can’t really escape to work with anyone else either. No one is happy here. Everyday I go into work anxious and miserable. No one warned in interviews. Know I can’t leave — 3 firms in 2 years — but need to get out. Any ideas? Anyone gone back to old firm?

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Re: Made bad lateral move...what next?

Postby QContinuum » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:31 pm

You can absolutely reach out to your old firm - the sooner the better (the less likely they've replaced you). It's not uncommon for folks to "bounce" back pretty quickly after lateraling out.

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Re: Made bad lateral move...what next?

Postby ruski » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:32 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I’m a third year in major market. After clerkship, I went to big law firm. I liked firm fine but the actual work wasn’t what I was promised. On advice of other, I looked at another firm with a strong group in my focus. After some hand-wringing I jumped at the year mark. I’ve been here for a few months now, and hate it. While the work is good, the group is run by truly one of the worst people I’ve met. Screams, belittles, taunts, assigns weekend busy work. Because small group can’t really escape to work with anyone else either. No one is happy here. Everyday I go into work anxious and miserable. No one warned in interviews. Know I can’t leave — 3 firms in 2 years — but need to get out. Any ideas? Anyone gone back to old firm?


I've heard of people going back to their former firm multiple times. you were only at your prior firm for a year though, so I'm not sure you had enough time to leave any impression on them, or be close enough to anyone there to candidly admit your reasons for returning. at this point though it sounds like you have nothing to lose and may as well try reaching out to them.

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Re: Made bad lateral move...what next?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:17 am

Look for a new job even if it’s a new firm. I left my lateral spot after 10 months and had only been at my firm before that for a year for the same reasons as you. I landed a new position that I love.

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Re: Made bad lateral move...what next?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:24 am

Anonymous User wrote:Look for a new job even if it’s a new firm. I left my lateral spot after 10 months and had only been at my firm before that for a year for the same reasons as you. I landed a new position that I love.


Did you move to another firm? What was your explanation when you started looking? How long did it take to find another job?



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