Career moves

Managing your next career move: lateralling to a new firm, swapping practice areas, locations and going in-house.


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whistler mediaBreaking into media & entertainment law

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Lights, camera, action! Industry experts give us a behind-the-scenes look into one of law’s most competitive practice areas.  





BRRNever thought about being a bankruptcy lawyer? Think again.

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“If you are a bankruptcy lawyer right now, you are a fool not to be sharpening your teeth.” Whether you’re a bankruptcy associate or not, now might be the time to consider what’s on offer in the practice that booms when others bust.



NALSC header 2How to work with legal recruiters


It's a big world out there for an associate looking to change jobs, and the pitfalls aren't always obvious. We've rounded up some helpful tips to help you navigate the good, the bad and the ugly world of legal recruitment. 




So you want to be a FinTech lawyer?

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From Bitcoin to blockchain, big data to biometrics, and crowdfunding to cryptocurrency, FinTech is full of notoriously complicated concepts that are constantly evolving. Where does a FinTech newbie even begin to look if they want to break into this innovative area?



Maria PasqualeIn-house Insight: The Lawyer from the Lab

Lawyers and laboratories might not be an obvious pair, but for attorneys like Maria Pasquale, there couldn’t be a better combination. Here, the GC at Incyte gives us her insight into working in-house in the pharmaceutical industry.




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Tech attorney Smita Rajmohan tells us how she went from the Indian Supreme Court to San Francisco's start up scene.










Gender SplitAnalysis: the path to the top of the profession

We track the law school and law firm backgrounds of the S&P 500





career moves 2020 graphAnalysis: why women and men leave their firms for different reasons
We asked thousands of associates to tell us where they plan to go next and why. 


TT tile.jpg So you want to be a tech transactions lawyer?

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The Information Age, the Digital Age, the New Media Age… whatever you call the era we’re living in, one thing is certain: it’s never been a more fascinating time for lawyers to delve into the world of technology transactions and data privacy law. We quizzed some of the attorneys who specialize in these areas about how they made the switch.



Where to start

Your next career move: where to start? 

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If you’re not happy at your current firm, you’re probably considering a change. But where to start? Recruiters at VOYlegal (and a couple of the lawyers they’ve placed) told us a bit about their magic formula…

Should I stay

Should I stay or should I go?

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Deciding to change jobs is huge – especially if you’ve only ever been with one law firm. Jason McCann, founder of legal talent business Gridline Search + Consulting, shares his top tips on whether or not it’s right to make a lateral move as an associate.

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So you want to be a startup lawyer?

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Startup lawyers advise the most innovative, high-growth emerging companies and their venture capital investors on a wide range of legal and business issues. We spoke with several attorneys and legal recruiters in the space to learn why it’s such a desirable gig and asked them to share insights on how you can become a startup lawyer.

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Moving into the Asia market

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Changing jobs is one of the biggest adventures – and stresses – of adult life, especially when you’re moving to a new city, and even more so when you are relocating halfway across the world. To get a better idea of what it’s like for lawyers who venture east, we spoke to Jowers Vargas, an expert attorney placement firm for BigLaw attorneys in Asia.

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Lateralling in New York

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It’s not something you learn in law school, but making a lateral move is part of almost any associate’s journey to living the Harvey Specter dream. In the most active battleground for lateral moves, expert recruiters spoke to us about the types of issues that may surface when contemplating a move, particularly when doing so in the city that never sleeps…

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Going in house

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Going in-house is one of the most common routes out of the BigLaw world. We spoke to four recruiters at E.P. Dine who specialize in in-house search to find out more about this path and the realities of life as an in-house associate…