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Why You Should Think Twice Before Quitting Any Legal Job

published March 05, 2007

By Harrison Barnes, CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left
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Many attorneys remain for decades in the same firms, and there are characteristics that uniformly seem to characterize these attorneys. While I am a legal recruiter, I have a great deal of respect for attorneys who, in this day and age, are able to "stay put" at firms for long periods of time and remain at single firms throughout their careers.

None of this is to say there are not very good and solid reasons for leaving a law firm or other legal environment if the going gets impossible. I will be the first to admit that there are legal employment environments that can be intolerable for many. Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that if a legal employer has been around for 30-plus years, there is a chance the employer is doing something right. Before leaving, it is often wise to take inventory of yourself.

There are certain qualities that tend to characterize attorneys who stick with the same legal employers for long lengths of time and also certain qualities that characterize the sorts of employment situations that make this possible. These qualities are discussed below.

Attorneys Who Remain with the Same Firms for Long Periods of Time Are Generally Very Committed to Their Jobs.

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Harrison is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and several companies in the legal employment space that collectively gets thousands of attorneys jobs each year. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. Harrison is widely considered the most successful recruiter in the United States and personally places multiple attorneys most weeks. His articles on legal search and placement are read by attorneys, law students and others millions of times per year.

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