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Your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Formulate a plan early on to position you for your ultimate career goal. If you decide to use a legal recruiter, choose wisely—make sure the recruiter is experienced, really knows the law firms and/or companies in your market, is candid and realistic about what options are the best fit for you, and is responsive and supportive during your search. More generally: 1) be thoroughly prepared and invested in every interview; 2) treat every networking call or meeting as if it were an interview; 3) make sure your resume is proofread by at least 3 people to check for typos, spelling errors and consistency issues; 4) always have 8-10 questions to ask during an interview; and 5) send thank you notes after an interview (very few people do them anymore and, if well written, they can set you apart).
Raj draws you in with a big smile and a personality to match. He is more widely connected within law firm recruitment than anyone I know and I know a lot of those people.
Bruce MacEwen, President; currently with Adam Smith, Esq.
What’s your recruiting style?
Making a move to another employer can be an anxiety-filled event so I like to team up with the candidates I work with and become fully involved and invested in each step of the process; as if it were me making the change. I meet with candidates to ascertain their unique experience and follow up with ideas to assist them in achieving their long-term professional goals. My hope is that this process leads to the candidate making decisions that is best-suited for them. On the employer side, I attend meetings with the hiring managers and/or partners to fill a dual purpose: to stay abreast of the changing employment needs of the firm, company or organization and to get to know a particular employer’s distinct culture and environment.
NBC launches a sitcom about a woman leaving Biglaw for solo practice.
A wacky superstition that seems to work for this litigation partner.
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* From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles & Olson]
* The number of law school applicants took a nose dive for the fourth year in a row, this time by 8 percent, summarily crushing the hopes and dreams of law deans praying for a change of their otherwise most dismal fortunes. [National Law Journal]
* Considering the latest slump in applicants, whether a law school evaluates your average LSAT score or highest LSAT score matters little. Admissions officers will jump for joy that you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]
* “You don’t have to convict on every count to have a win.” Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. [Bloomberg]
* Per documents filed by a lawyer appointed to represent Philip Seymour Hoffman’s children, the actor didn’t set aside money for them because he didn’t want them to become “trust fund kids.” [New York Post]
What do you make of this lawyer’s work moonlighting as a beauty pageant consultant?
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How has the Biglaw hierarchy changed over time?
How should you respond when faced with an obstacle or difficulty?
* Now that a federal judge has classified California’s death penalty as unconstitutional, it’s only a matter of time before the issue reaches the Supreme Court. We have a feeling the justices will likely roll their eyes. [National Law Journal]
* Word on the street is that Bingham McCutchen has got the urge to merge, and has apparently spoken to a handful of potential partners over the course of the past three months. We’ll have more on these developments later. [Reuters]
* As it turns out, it was neither Wachtell Lipton nor Jenner & Block that managed to snag the coveted GM litigation oversight job. Nice work, Quinn Emanuel — you’re considered a “well-respected outside law firm.” [WSJ Law Blog]
* Congrats, Flori-duh, you did something right. A state court judge has ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in the latest post-Windsor victory for equality. Yay! [Bloomberg]
* Thanks to their hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt, many graduates are considering declaring bankruptcy. Too bad most won’t be able to get their loans discharged. [Connecticut Law Tribune]
What’s the best way to decide where to bring your business when making a lateral move?
The New York City office of Epstein Becker & Green seeks an attorney to work at the level of a fourth to sixth year associate to join its national employer-side labor and employment practice. Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.