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Practicing Law Abroad: The Expat Files

published November 03, 2005

By Harrison Barnes, CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left
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Corruption, fishnet stockings, downing baijiu shots with partners-it's all part of practicing in a foreign land. Meet five lawyers and their adopted jurisdictions.
 
Practicing Law Abroad: The Expat Files

Most young lawyers spend so much time and energy establishing themselves in the United States—going to law school, finding a job, passing the bar, learning how to practice—that working abroad remains a wonderful, mysterious experience only other people have. But the fact is that firms often feel lucky when lawyers volunteer for an international stint. And now that the globe is so tightly wound in fiber-optic cable, conducting business across oceans has never been easier. But for the time difference, an attorney could be toiling in Boston just as easily as she could be in—well, Sydney, for example, where one of the lawyers profiled in this story works. Or Shanghai, Moscow, Paris, or Sao Paulo, where the other four live. Talk to a partner or recruiting director to find out what the possibilities are at your firm, and you may soon find yourself packing up your suits and brushing up on your Portuguese. As you're about to find out, the only obstacle between you and a life-changing international adventure may be a plane trip. So, please turn off all portable electronic devices and make sure your seat back and tray table are in their upright and locked positions. We're ready for takeoff.

Paris Rachel Thorn Age 33 This might sound corny, but my favorite thing here is the Eiffel Tower. It's between my office and my apartment, so I walk past it all the time, and I drive by it if I take a cab home. In the course of my work, sometimes I can forget that I'm in Paris. But then I look up at the Eiffel Tower and it reminds me I'm here.

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