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Can a Second Year Associate Make a Lateral Move to Another Law Firm?

published January 05, 2016

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Question:

I am a second-year corporate associate at a large firm in New York, and my colleagues are telling me I need to wait at least another year or two for a lateral job search – is this true?
 
Can I make a lateral move as a second year associate?

Answer:

As with most everything related to the legal market, and as attorneys a phrase with which I am sure you are intimately familiar, it depends.
 
It partly depends on how strong your credentials are, both academic and experience-wise (have you been tasked with sophisticated assignments at your current firm, are you performing above and beyond your class year, do you have direct client contact on a regular basis, are you making court appearances, etc.).

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