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Myth Versus Reality for Law Firm Jobs

by A. Harrison Barnes on November 13, 2013

Looking for the perfect law firm position? Our database contains virtually every law firm in the United States, Europe and Asia. Simply pick the city you are interested in, your practice group and allow our research team to do the work of preparing your letters and helping you apply to firms. Modified on a daily basis, our database contains thousands of firms that are not even listed in Martindale Hubble or other traditional sources. If you want to practice law in a law firm, we can help you get the job you want. Sure you could spend weeks if not even months compiling information on all the law firms in the cities you are interested in. Alternatively, you could use Legalauthority.com to find the job you are seeking now!

LEGAL MYTH:
I will never find a law firm position.

LEGALAUTHORITY:
Right now, in virtually every American city, there is a law firm that needs an attorney just like you-regardless of your qualifications. This position could be tens of thousands of dollars more than you are making now. This position may not even be advertised and you are not going to find this law firm either by using Monster, 15 gizillion web sites, a headhunter, or even Martindale Hubble. Chances are … this firm is already in our database. Let us put you in touch with them today!

LEGAL MYTH:
It is better to work with a recruiter to find a law firm position.

LEGALAUTHORITY:
Unless you have stellar qualifications, there are very few recruiting firms that will work with you. While recruiters are enormously helpful in getting candidates a position, the fact of the matter is that unless you have stellar qualifications they will not be able to do you much good. Stellar qualifications mean that you are coming from a top law firm and attended a top law school. Recruiters are beneficial in making good matches; however, using a recruiter may not always be in your best interest.

In addition, smaller firms often do not use recruiters. This can result in you missing out on joining the next Skadden Arps or other great firm that does not use recruiters. Moreover, in a tough economy law firms like anyone need to cut back on their expenses. Using our service can help you get the position you are seeking without a recruiter’s involvement.

LEGAL MYTH:
If I spend enough time on job posting boards I will find the perfect law firm position.

LEGALAUTHORITY:
All firms do not advertise their open positions on job posting boards or in the classified section of your local newspaper. Sorry-if that is the only way you are doing your job search you are going to miss out on numerous opportunities.

LEGAL MYTH:
Only firms with advertised positions will ever interview me.

LEGALAUTHORITY:
Wrong. Most law firms are seeking attorneys to join their team at virtually all points in time. If you rely on only advertised positions, you are going to be missing out on a massive amount of potential positions on a constant and ongoing basis. If your resume and materials arrive at the firm at the right time, you may get an outstanding position.

Confidentiality is a serious concern for any job seeker. That’s why we will provide you with the actual letters, for your signature, for you send out your materials to. Accordingly, you will never be contacting a firm you do not want to contact-or worse-your own firm. This is the way it should be. We will provide you with the contacts and you can run your job search with the letters, resumes and so forth we prepare on your behalf. It has never been easier to get a legal job!

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J.D./MBA Programs and Your Legal Career

by A. Harrison Barnes on October 31, 2013

The law school that I am thinking of attending offers a joint J.D./MBA program that I could theoretically finish in the same time it would take me to get my J.D. Should I take this opportunity? How would this increase my chances of getting a law firm job, since this is what I am sure I want to do?

Adding an MBA to your list of academic accomplishments can only benefit you in the long run, no matter what you eventually choose to do with your life or legal career. Since you seem to have decided that joining a law firm is what you want to do in the near future, there are several benefits to having an MBA when entering law firm life.

First, given the type of training that occurs, in our opinion it would be quite wise if an MBA were an actual requirement for getting a law degree. This is due to the fact that the practice of law is so closely related to business and few attorneys appear to realize this. In fact, attorneys traditionally are known in the business community as some of the worst businessmen. Being an attorney has numerous components that involve business such as marketing, the value of your time, hiring and firing, renting office space, managing payroll and numerous cost-benefit type calculations. While traditionally law was portrayed as something that was not a business, you should make no mistake about one central fact: The law is a business.

If you start your career in a law firm position, you may one day become a partner and be responsible for many of the day-to-day business decisions associated with the running of the law firm. Even if you do not choose to remain with a law firm, you may one day open your own practice. The training an MBA provides will help you navigate the waters in terms of running your own law firm. Your own law firm, incidentally, would be a small business.

A second aspect to consider in getting an MBA is how it could teach you to think in a different way. MBAs are known as “bean counters” for a reason. As a general rule, MBAs tend to be very risk averse and good at pointing out the risks inherent in any business situation. In fact, many entrepreneurs that have hired MBAs report that they are continually told by MBAs to simply shut down their businesses! This type of risk averse behavior is exactly what most lawyers do with clients on a daily basis. While we are, in fact, having some fun with the above statements, the generalities they express are on point and some of the better attorneys we have known have been MBAs.

Third, you may consider getting an MBA if you are interested in corporate work. Beyond the practical training and the training in the “MBA thought process”, an MBA will also teach you a great deal about the inner workings of the financial system and about many of the types of companies you are likely to do work for as a corporate attorney.

Fourth, even if you decide not to do corporate work, an MBA is not a liability. Since the majority of law schools with joint programs heavily favor the J.D. degree when constructing the curriculum, the amount of legal education will be on par with that of any other student who is just focusing on the law. Additionally, any extra knowledge that you can bring to the table, even if it is not directly applicable, is going to make you a more attractive candidate.

Fifth, if you eventually decide that practicing law is not for you, having an MBA is probably the only other degree that instantly grants you access to the kind of high-paying professional jobs that lawyers enjoy. Make no mistake about it: numerous attorneys leave the practice of law each year. You may be dead-set on being an attorney right now, but things change and many people who go into the law eventually come to rethink their decision. An MBA is a great thing to be able to fall back on.

The only con – and it potentially is a big one – is that some law firms may interpret getting these two degrees, which really represent two diverse career paths, as indecision in what you want out of your future. If a firm thinks that you are applying to them simply to get a feel for what working in a law firm is like before you make the jump to corporate life, they may be less willing to hire you. If there is one thing that law firms value, perhaps above all else, it is a singleness of purpose when it comes to careers and what attorneys are willing to give back to the firm. With that said, there are many firms who are not nearly as concerned with this, but the stodgier, more traditional firms may not understand your motivations.

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