Strategies for switching to Bankruptcy

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Strategies for switching to Bankruptcy

Post by mcd343536 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:15 pm

Does anyone have any advice on how I can change from a general litigation to a bankruptcy practice as a new attorney? I'll be in litigation group at an output of a V100 in Houston. I am hoping to stay in the city, but, seeing as the firm's office in Houston has no BR group, I will need to change firms within a year or two. I considered a bankruptcy clerkship, but it seems like most, if not all, of the judges who typically do ch11 work in Texas are completely full for at least the next two cycles. I graduated top 25 percent from a mid-tier T14 and made the top grade in Bankruptcy (if that even matters). I am also hoping to spend my post-bar August trying to get a seminar paper I wrote for a finical restructuring seminar published. Finally, should I be worried about expressing interest in a practice group that my office does not offer? Especially in these uncertain times, I do not want to appear anything but 100 percent committed to the job I know I am lucky to have.

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Re: Strategies for switching to Bankruptcy

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:48 pm

In all honesty, I would apply to other firms right now. They are probably looking for bankruptcy juniors in Houston (Kirkland, V&E, Baker Botts, etc.). Write a short cover letter saying you’re starting at another law firm this autumn but would like to transition to bankruptcy, which isn’t possible at your current firm. Mention you got the highest grade in the class and that’s your interest. It’s totally not a big deal to renege on a firm when the market changes like this. I wouldn’t mention the firm you’re going to until you are in an interview, though.

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Re: Strategies for switching to Bankruptcy

Post by Anonymous User » Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:47 pm

bk associate at NYC Band 1 Creditor firm: we are desperate for more juniors right now and even in this economy there is minimal demand to join the group from our summers. Guarantee that firms with bk groups are starving for juniors rn; even more so if they're a debtor shop. with your resume I would be shocked if you didn't get something assuming you are not an atrocious interview, and maybe even then.

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