BCG Attorney Search Transforms the Lateral Hiring Process
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Summary: BCG Attorney Search finds thousands of attorneys lateral positions.

It’s challenging for an attorney to look for a new lateral job. Often times, they must sift through hundreds of job listings online or enlist the help of a headhunter. Attorneys have often complained that headhunters do not spend much time offering career guidance and that they seem to be more concerned with making a quick hire than finding the right fit.


Luckily, BCG Attorney Search offers a service that has transformed the way attorneys find lateral jobs. Because BCG Attorney Search is a legal placement firm, not a recruiting agency, its focus is on the lawyers and their careers. BCG Attorney Search not only offers a personalized job placement service, it has an extensive online database of jobs that candidates can look through and filter by region, specialty, and firm type.

“Primarily, our objective is to work with our candidates for as long as it takes for them to find their next positions—providing guidance encouragement, counseling, and nonbiased advice along the way,” BCG Attorney Search founder Harrison Barnes said.

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BCG Attorney Search has jobs for attorneys at all stages in their career, but those seeking lateral jobs particularly seek this service because they often times must be discrete with their search.

After an attorney makes the decision to move, he or she contacts BCG Attorney Search for an initial consultation. Because of its reputation in the industry as placing the best with the best, BCG Attorney Search is selective with which candidates it takes on as clients. Not only do they look for candidates who are marketable with the right skills and experience, but they also want to ensure a lateral move is actually good for the attorney’s career.

“As career advisors, we have no interest in hurting the careers of attorneys, or in getting our candidates positions in which they are likely to be unhappy,” Barnes said. “An attorney should only be moving to a different firm if he or she is likely to improve his or her situation by doing so. In a great many cases, it may make sense for our candidates to stay at their current law firms. Our corporate culture and goals depend on doing something positive for every attorney we encounter. We are career advisors and not salespeople.”

What makes BCG Attorney Search better than a traditional recruiter?

Once BCG Attorney Search decides to take on the attorney as a client, they assign a legal placement professional (LPP) and a legal placement team to work with the attorney. The LPP assigned is an expert in the region that the candidate hopes to live and work in, and the team provides the LPP with new information, tracks their progress, and essentially makes sure they always know what’s happening in the legal market. This dynamic ensures that the client has the highest chance of succeeding because they’ll be armed with the most information.

Additionally, the LPP works as a career advisor, there to talk out any concerns that the candidate has.

“No candidate should ever feel afraid to disclose anything whatsoever to us,” Barnes said. “Because everything we learn we can use to work with that candidate and advance that candidate’s career.”

How does BCG Attorney Search work with candidates and law firms?

To help ease the process of matching candidates with new firms, BCG Attorney Search sends attorneys a customized list of firms that they will contact on the candidate’s behalf. This list was created based on the attorney’s skills and career goals. Once the attorney approves the list, BCG Attorney Search creates materials to send over and begins discussion with the firm on why the candidate is a fit for the company. This process distinguishes them from headhunters because of the level of customization they do on behalf of their clients. It’s not about a quick hire; it’s about fit.

BCG Attorney Search’s process is stronger than solely applying online because firms will also know in advance what the attorney is looking for and the reason for their lateral move. Conversely, attorneys will know more about the culture of the firm and what they are looking for.

For more information on BCG Attorney Search, click here. 



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