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Thinking about Becoming a Legal Search Consultant (a.k.a. a ''Headhunter'')? Here's the Inside Scoop.

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I routinely hear comments and questions along the lines of "Hmm, I must say, I have thought about being a legal recruiter myself" and "Do you like it more than practicing law? Do you spend your day cold-calling people? Are you making more or less money than you did at your law firm?" My response to these comments and questions has never varied. Even years after leaving the legal profession to become a recruiter, I can honestly say that I am happier as a legal recruiter than I have ever been at any job, and I have never looked back.

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This article shares my personal experience in moving from practicing as an intellectual property attorney to working as a legal recruiter with BCG Attorney Search. It also sheds some light on what we as legal recruiters do on a daily basis and answers some common questions people have about our industry. Before getting started, please note that the details this article provides are most relevant to the world of permanent attorney placement, not temporary or contract attorney placement (which is quite different).

Taking the Leap

Leaving the practice of law was not easy, but I have never second-guessed my decision. I am not one of those people who became a legal recruiter because he hated the practice of law and wanted an easier alternative. I worked with extremely bright and enjoyable attorneys, and I worked in a sexy field on cutting-edge issues that were featured in the newspaper on a regular basis. So why did I leave the practice? Although I really enjoyed some aspects of practicing law, there were other aspects that bored me to tears. I knew that in order to keep going for more than 2,000 hours per year for the next 30 years, I would really need to love what I was doing (at least most of the time). The truth was I didn't love what I was doing, although I was a pretty darn good actor at times. But the acting became exhausting, so I decided to consider making a change. Here are the steps I went through to transition from being a practicing attorney to being a legal recruiter:

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