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The Right and Wrong Reasons for Switching Jobs as an Attorney

published February 09, 2015

By CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left
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Summary: There is no longer a stigma attached to someone who has moved around in his or her legal career. What are the right reasons for switching jobs as an attorney?

Lateral movement in the legal profession has become the norm. However, prior to 1990, lateral movement was rare among associates and absolutely unheard of among partners; back then, you joined a firm and stayed there until you made partner and retired. If a lateral associate was hired into a firm, it was done very quietly and with only partners involved in the decision. Times have changed - a lot!
 
Should you switch firms or stay where you're at?

The good news is that attorneys now have more options and more choices in the legal profession - similar to professionals in other industries. There is no longer a stigma attached to someone who has moved around in his or her legal career. In fact, associates who have never changed firms are clearly the exception nowadays.

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A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

The bad news is for the firms themselves: All of this movement costs a lot of money. Large firms lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each time an associate walks out the door. This cost is recouped in higher billable-hour expectations and higher billing rates. With new associates often starting at $160,000+ right out of law school, the pressure is on them to perform faster and sooner. Is it any wonder that one of the most common reasons that associates leave a firm is lack of training and mentoring?

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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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