Lateral moves are becoming more common by the day among attorneys. There are obstacles in your way if you are planning on it, but there are also benefits that can make it all worthwhile.
For most attorneys fresh out of law school, associate status is the most obvious way to start a legal career
. You sign up with that firm you clerked at during school, practically kill yourself trying to bill 60 hours a week, yet, at the same time, you pull in pay checks that make all those sleepless nights bent over your "Evidence" law books thinking "Why me?" worth the trouble.
Of course, things change for many attorneys. Maybe around your second or third year, when you are still stuck with the same ridiculous standard for billing hours that you created when trying to show off in the first few months, your attitude about your new job may start to sour. You could realize that what you are doing is incredibly tedious, perhaps you want to remove the futon from the office and start sharing your nights with your family, or maybe the partner you are assigned to is just a relentless jerk. Well, these are all perfectly valid reasons to start consider making a lateral move. The questions you have to ask yourself, however, are whether you can find something better based on your experience
, whether now is the time where you can get the best position, and what a new position can do for you.
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