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Legal Authority Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job

by A. Harrison Barnes on December 4, 2013

Are you looking for the perfect law firm position? Legal Authority’s database contains the hiring contacts of practically every law firm in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Updated hundreds of times each day, the Legal Authority database contains thousands of firms not even listed in Martindale Hubbell, NALP, or other traditional sources. If you want to practice law in a law firm, we can help you get the job you want. In fact, every day of the week numerous attorneys throughout the United States get law firm jobs through Legal Authority. Legal Authority’s law firm database literally gets thousands of attorneys and law students jobs inside law firms each year.

Precise, Current Data to Drive Your Career Forward

Most importantly, for each law firm in our database we have researched who the precise individual in charge of hiring is and our researchers verify this information at least once every four months — hiring information can change quite frequently inside law firms. The work we do on an ongoing basis in compiling and maintaining our law firm database provides you with a level of focus that daily enhances the lives and careers of attorneys all over the country.

Comprising hundreds of thousands of law firms, our database is a world all unto itself. Each day we make hundreds of inquiries and are literally working on our law firm database 24 hours a day. We have organized our information in a way that allows you to target firms with profound precision. We can locate law firms based on your practice area, combinations of practice areas, size, geographic locations — even a particular zip code, county, or street if you like.

Legal Authority Allows You to Approach Only the Law Firms Likely to Be Interested in You

Legal Authority’s objective is to provide you with the ability to target only the firms that are most likely to be interested in you. For example, if you are a litigator you might be surprised to know that there are over 4,000 law firms doing litigation in certain counties of the United States. Certainly you would never want to apply to all these law firms. Nevertheless, by narrowing this list down based upon the size of the firm you want to work in, the area of the county you want to work in and the other practice areas you would like the firm to have you could come up with a highly targeted list. Accordingly, if you were a realtor before attending law school and are interested in real estate litigation you would likely target firms with real estate and litigation practices). Here, in a market with as many as 4,000 law firms doing litigation you might conceivably have the ability to target as little as 50 law firms. This nature of our database means that we permit you to contact only those firms likely to be most interested in you.

Case Studies

For many attorneys, the law firm path turns out to be an exceptional choice due to the wide variety of characteristics and firm cultures that are available. Law firms most often offer generous salaries and comfortable environments. Many attorneys practicing in law firms also find the work interesting and are satisfied with the challenges and successes. The hours can be demanding in some firms, but may be very relaxed or unimportant in others.

The fact is that by tailoring and customizing your approach to various law firms, you can ensure that you get the type of working conditions and job you want. We have outlined several case studies below. These illustrations prove our point that no matter where you are in your career, we can help you find the job you want.

Case Study: Fourth-year associate with an “AmLaw 100” law firm desiring to work in a smaller firm and get more trial experience
Kevin was a third year associate with one of the most prestigious firms in the United States practicing law in New York City. Despite having excellent credentials, the only positions any legal recruiter could tell him about were at other major law firms. Kevin was hoping to get more litigation experience and do trials. In addition, Kevin did not like the hours of his current firm and wanted to be in a more collegial environment. After having had several excellent years of training, he believed he was ready for the increased responsibility of a smaller firm.

Legal Authority: Solution
Legal Authority was able to identify over 250 law firms in New York City of fewer than 30 attorneys with litigation practices. Legal Authority assisted Kevin in creating a compelling cover letter and resume that explained his desire for increased responsibility and additional reasons he wanted to work in a smaller firm. Kevin ultimately chose to approach just over 200 firms. Kevin received over 20 interviews within two weeks of mailing his letters and accepted a position with a small-but high powered -securities litigation boutique in Manhattan. Although he was prepared to take a major salary cut to join a smaller firm, he actually ended up making close to what he made when working for a larger firm at the end of his first year with the securities firm. In addition, Kevin participated in two trials during his first year with the new firm. Kevin had actually never heard of the firm he accepted position with before he interviewed with them.

Case Study: Law student from first tier California law school desiring a position in either Chicago or Texas
Evan was law student attending a top law school in the University of California system. Evan had attended an Ivy League college (where he majored in Chemistry) and had enrolled in law school directly out of college. Evan was entering his second year of law school and was interested in working as a summer associate with a firm that did patent prosecution work in both Chicago (where he was from) and also Texas (where his father had moved after getting divorced). While approximately 15 law firms from Chicago interviewed at his school and another 10 or so did from Texas, most of these firms did not have patent prosecution practices. Evan did not believe that using his school’s career services office was the best option due to the limited number of firms interviewing at his school for summer associates in the patent prosecution field.

Legal Authority: Solution
Evan contacted Legal Authority and we identified close to 200 firms in Chicago and Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth that had patent prosecution practices and were of the size that Evan wanted to contact. After having his resume and cover letter redone by Legal Authority, Evan contacted each of these firms. Evan received over 30 interviews, ended up going to 11 of these interviews and received six solid job offers for a summer associate position. Evan split his second summer between a firm in Dallas and one in Chicago. Each of the firms Evan received interviews with did not even interview at his school.

Case Study: Second-year insurance coverage associate relocating from Minneapolis to New York
James was an insurance coverage associate with a major Minneapolis law firm who was just entering his second year of law school. James had been dating a woman in law school who had moved to New York City directly following graduation and the two were eager to work and live together in the same city. For months, James had been checking the web sites of major law firms for openings, had sent out some resumes to the better known insurance coverage practices in New York and had also spent a good deal of time checking job boards. He had not received a single interview.

Legal Authority: Solution
Legal Authority was able to identify over 100 firms in New York City with insurance coverage practices. Legal Authority recommended that James approach them all. James received over 11 interviews within two weeks of sending his letters. James accepted a position with a well known national law firm that had only started an insurance coverage practice a few months before James contacting them. James now works and practices law in New York City.

Case Study: LL.M student with a background in education law
Liz, a student in an LL.M program at a third tier law school in Florida, has a background in Education Law. She was a teacher for several years before attending law school and enrolled in an education law LL.M program directly out of law school. In fact, her school in Florida offers the only LL.M. in Education Law in the United States. Unfortunately, very few firms recruit on campus for law students and no firms recruit for attorneys to do education law. Her law school did not have any suggestions for her as to how to get a job with a law firm. In fact, most of her classmates are simply applying to work for school systems throughout Florida.

Legal Authority: Solution
Liz was interested in working in 15 possible states. Although there were less than 40 firms fitting her criteria (i.e., a firm of more than 30 attorneys, with an education law practice) these geographic areas, Legal Authority was able to assist Liz in applying to them all. Working with Legal Authority, Liz received a well crafted cover letter that explained her interest in working in an area outside of Florida and how her experience prior to law school made her a good fit. Liz received 11 interviews in six separate states and accepted a position in California that paid over $100,000 per year.

Case Study: Part-time attorney who has been out of the job market
June, a 36 year old graduate of a fourth tier law school and recent mother, had been out of the job market for three years and was seeking a part time position in the Southwest as an attorney. She has already approached seven or eight top firms in this area, with no luck.

Legal Authority: Solution
In June’s case, we assisted her in preparing her cover letter and resume to effectively describe her desires and what she had to offer. By performing a completely expansive search in her area limited to smaller firms, we enabled her to find a smaller firm that was open to having a part time attorney. In addition, June received interview requests from three firms that were within a 20 minute drive of her home.

Case Study: Partner with no portable business
Ron, a 52 year old partner at a major law firm in Los Angeles, was being forced out because his firm was terminating partners without significant portable business. Ron wanted to stay in the same area, and had inflexible salary requirements. In fact, in order to even pay his current expenses he needed to take home a salary of at least $200,000 per year.

Legal Authority: Solution
We assisted Ron in contacting just over 100 Los Angeles law firms. With our research and subsequent mailing (Ron did not want to sign or stamp the envelopes himself), we were able to connect Ron with over 15 law firms that were interested in speaking with him. Within four weeks of us assisting him with his mailing, Ron had received a job offer from a mid-sized Los Angeles law firm paying over $60,000 more than his present salary.

Case Study: Law Student from second-tier law school
Steven was a “B” student at a second-tier law school. His school’s Career Services Office had no resources to speak of and a very small on-campus interviewing program. In the fall of his third year, Steven sent out resumes to all 200 firms in the NALP directory that were in his state, but received a very poor response.

Legal Authority: Solution
The NALP directory represents less than 5% of the available firms in any given market. We were able to identify more than 6000 additional firms that Steven could approach. Steven ultimately approached approximately 300 employers and received several job offers.

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Some Things You Probably Did Not Know About Legal Authority

by A. Harrison Barnes on August 19, 2013

Does this work?
Many attorneys who have used self-initiated targeted mailing originally tried the other ways to find a job that you may have. It did not work for them either. Beyond even compensating for ineffective methods for location a position, however, Legal Authority provides you with the exposure to the most opportunities. Having the most options is simply a good strategy for your job search. Would you rather have one job offer, or several?

We believe the methods we use to give attorneys exposure to the largest possible market of employers are the most effective means to an interview and potential job. When you conduct your job search through Legal Authority, you have the luxury of approaching every legal employer that matches your interest in every area of the world where you are interested in working. The services we provide empower you to perform a more pro-active, expansive job search that will greatly increase your chances of finding the job that you want. If you use a job posting board, recruiter, or other method, you will have reduced your exposure to a fraction of the employers available through Legal Authority.

How many legal employers are in Legal Authority’s database?
We have over 500,000 legal employers in our database. This includes law firms, corporations, public interest groups, private associations, law schools, municipal, state and federal offices, state representatives, United States politicians, foreign ambassadors, and many other miscellaneous types of legal employers. If there is an organization that employs attorneys in the United States, the chances are extremely good they are in our database.

Why should I spend money on Legal Authority when I can do all this myself?
You can do it yourself. You can go the library, subscribe to over 50 legal directories and newspapers, call each employer and get the name of the people in charge of making decisions, and write it all down. Then you can input all this information into a database and then you can update that information on a daily basis seven days a week. If you think this is easy, think again: We have over forty people doing this for us on a daily basis in both the United States and abroad.

Then, while trying to hold down a full time job, you can create and revise an effective cover letter and resume that will draw any employer’s attention. Don’t forget to have your friends (are they experts on cover letters and resumes?) proofread your resume and give you editing suggestions. After you have perfected your resume, you can print out hundreds of cover letters, resumes, and envelopes on a laser printer, and then, finally sign, stamp and mail all of those letters. Hopefully, you will have reached every possible employer that matches your interests. This could take you a week, it could take you four months, or you might never finish the task.

Or you could call us.

How much will this cost me?
The cost is up to you and it depends on how expansive you want your job search to be. There are no hidden charges. We charge a Membership Fee that allows us to continually update and expand our sophisticated database and covers the cost of us preparing your resume and cover letter from scratch. The only other charge is a small charge for every employer for whom we prepare resumes, cover letters, and envelopes on your behalf. This charge also decreases depending on how expansive your job search will be. When you consider that each interview you receive will have cost you less than a coffee at Starbucks, you can see that our service is worth every penny. Click here for the details about the pricing.

What about getting a job through a job posting board on the Internet?
In our job, we speak with hundreds of legal professionals each month. The number of these professionals who have found legal employments from a posting on the Internet is dismally small.

There are several reasons the Internet is not the best sources for jobs.

1. Law firms are known as “dinosaurs” for a reason.
Job posting boards like Monster.com are effective for companies that are comfortable with online job hunting and recruiting. As a rule, law firms, law schools, remain most comfortable with “snail mail” – cover letters and resumes they receive from the post office, not from the Internet. Writing professional cover letters on good stationary that show you have taken time to contact the employer by writing a letter, addressing an envelope, stamping it and putting it in the mailbox is far more effective than simply hitting the “send” button on your email program.

In addition, government offices, hiring partners, and recruiting coordinators rarely advertise, and they have the luxury of waiting for the resumes to come in the door. Unless they are doing proactive recruiting with legal search firms or law schools, there is little “resume searching” that is done.

2. The Internet allows for overwhelming responses to every job posting.
If an employer is posting a job online, they will likely receive hundreds, or even thousands, of responses. You will be competing with every attorney with a computer who can email their resume.

3. A high number of the jobs on many posting boards online are outdated.
The legal employers who use the Internet as a source to find resumes generally use it as a secondary tool to hands-on, offline recruiting and resume searching. Consequently, when a job is filled, many employers forget to remove or delete the jobs they have posted throughout the many posting boards.

4. No single source of jobs on the Internet is complete.
You may need to review more than 50 job websites just to find 1/10th of all the jobs out there. Simply put, this is an ineffective way to search for a job. By using Legal Authority, you can approach all of the employers in a given market very quickly and cost-effectively. Alternatively, you can keep checking job-posting boards for weeks or months until a job that looks good comes along and then hope you stand out among the numerous resumes sent to the employer.

What Makes Legal Authority So Unique?
We give you the tools to perform the most effective job search, but you remain in control of every aspect. With the use of our database of employers and our team of experts reviewing your resumes and cover letters, you will be able to realize your full job hunt potential.

How expansive should my job search be?
In a market as small as the San Francisco Bay Area, we have well over 1000 legal employers. Should you approach them all? It will ultimately be your decision. You would think that if you wanted to work in a market as small as the San Francisco, you would not need to approach 1000 employers. The problem is that getting a position is very numbers driven. The more employers you approach, the more likely you are to get an interview, and the more likely you are to get a job offer. This does not mean that you need to send out such a high volume of letters in your specific job search. In some cases, we may recommend you only send out 25 or less. However, the more options you have, the more likely you are to find a great position that matches your qualifications and skills. And that is really the essence of becoming a client of Legal Authority: You are in charge of determining your career destiny.

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