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30 Factors That Make You More Employable with Big Law Firms
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Summary: There are many factors that major law firms consider when making a lateral hire, many of which you can control.

Read 30 Ways to Tell How Employable You Are by a Major Law Firm as an Attorney to learn more.


The process of finding a new position takes time that many attorneys do not want to waste. The competition is fierce with numerous other attorneys also looking for lateral moves. In order to stand out, there are certain details that you will need to have. Harrison Barnes goes into detail about the factors that law firms consider when looking at attorneys to hire and how you make law firms see you above everyone else.

The 30 things that will make you rise above the crowd and are desired at major law firms are:

  1. Exactly 1-5 years of experience
  2. Looking for a position in a smaller city
  3. A recruiter with understand of how to market you to firms without formal openings
  4. A connection in the firm such as a partner with business
  5. Looking for a less glamorous law firm
  6. Practicing in a busy industry
  7. Looking during a good economy
  8. Currently in a law firm compared to other practice settings
  9. One of the first to apply for the position
  10. Do not possess a sense of entitlement
  11. Use a good recruiter
  12. Were a summer associate at a major law firm
  13. Looking for full-time position
  14. Practice in a niche specialty compared to major practice
  15. Currently working in a full-time position not a contract attorney
  16. Currently working at another major law firm
  17. Express positive feelings towards current employer
  18. Do not act outspoken about yourself or social issues
  19. Do not have a history of moving firms often
  20. Being employed compared to unemployed
  21. Have significant business
  22. Attend a top law school
  23. Did well in law school
  24. Looking at several markets instead of focusing on just one
  25. Already admitted to the bar in the state you are looking
  26. Relocating to an area where you have family or other strong connections
  27. Are a specialist in a one area
  28. Are well-groomed, well-dressed, and confident.
  29. Being diverse
  30. Look committed to sticking it out in a law firm compared to going in-house or quitting

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