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right and wrong reasons to leave law firm

Summary: Deciding to leave your law firm or stay can be a hard decision but this article by Harrison Barnes will give you some insight into making the tough decision.

To learn more about each reason listed, read The Right and Wrong Reasons to Switch Law Firms.


Law firms want to know why attorneys are looking for a new job. Harrison Barnes explains how the reason behind looking for a new law firm to work at can actually make getting hired next to impossible. Make sure you looking for a new law firm for the right reasons so that you don’t waste your time or end up burning bridges. An attorney looking for a new job for the wrong reasons is a flight risk that no law firm wants to invest in.

Right Reasons to Move:

– strong connection to new law firm

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– want to work for a more prestigious law firm

– desire more opportunities to advance

– want more cross-selling opportunities

– want stability

– want more work

– want more compatibility between those you work with

– want to be closer to home

– want better management

– prefer a better work-life balance

– want to generate more clients

– looking for better mentoring

– desire a much higher salary

– political reasons are fueling the change

– want more challenging work

– want work focused on your expertise or goals

– have a bad reputation at current firm

– trying to avoid early career mistakes

– get consistent bad reviews

– fear losing your job

– current law firm is struggling

– have too much work

Wrong Reasons to Move

– want attention and validation

– bored

– fear failing

– want to be at a more prestigious law firm

– want more money

– avoid conflicts

– got a bad review or two

– have too much work

– low morale at the current firm

– not enough friends at current firm

– not getting alone with others

– feel like it is time for a change

– don’t like current work assignments

– no reason




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