Articles

Throughout the years, our recruiters have written numerous articles on a vast array of legal topics.  We have included a collection of these articles for your interest and categorized them.  Enjoy!

Career Planning : 7

 

Can You Switch Practice Areas?

Maybe you became a big-firm litigator after watching countless "LA Law" reruns during law school, drawn to the fancy suits, courtroom suspense and law firm glamour. But after several years in litigation, you find yourself dreading the co ... [read more]

Demystifying Client Development

Without a doubt, job security for lawyers in private practice depends on a steady stream of clients. As a result, business development is just about the most important thing attorneys can do for their careers. Despite its importance, business deve ... [read more]

Going Out: Should I Return to a Law Firm After Working In-House?

For many attorneys, landing a job in a corporate law department is the legal profession's equivalent of Nirvana. "Going in-house" can mean job security and a world devoid of law firm billable hour requirements.

But believe it or ... [read more]

How to Make the Right Lateral Move

Changing jobs in the legal profession is easier and far more accepted than it was just 20 years ago. In fact, in today's fast-paced and ever-changing "New Economy," switching jobs is pretty much expected. These days, few lawyers spend th ... [read more]

Knowing When to Leave Your Job

Changing jobs in the legal profession is easier and far more accepted than it was just 20 years ago. In fact, in today's fast-paced and ever-changing "New Economy," switching jobs is pretty much expected. These days, few lawyers spend th ... [read more]

Licensing, Licensing, Licensing

Not a day goes by, barely an hour, without one of our clients clamoring for junior, mid-level, or senior licensing lawyers. Everyone knows we are in a tight market--too many jobs chasing too few candidates. This tempts many candidates to try to co ... [read more]

Twenty Questions

Why do so many legal careers seem to stall out while others break on through to fame and fortune? Competency, mentoring, personality, and luck (of course) all play a part. Still, there are too many good and personable lawyers whose careers never t ... [read more]

 

Fun : 2

 

Being a Lawyer Can Be Fun

Let's be real. Lawyering is not an easy job. Between the billable hours pressure, cantankerous opposing counsel, demanding law firm partners and nitpicky local court rules, being a lawyer can sometimes make you want to crawl under a rock. But it d ... [read more]

Cool Things To Do During Your Summer in the Bay Area

There's no better place to spend a law school summer than the San Francisco Bay Area. Your firms, of course, will be sure to show you a great time -- treating you to dinners at hip restaurants and arranging social events like wine tasting in Napa ... [read more]

 

Job Searching Tips : 14

 

Are the Lawyers Interviewing Me Telling the Truth?

In today's frenzied legal market, law firms are desperate for bodies. Associates and law students are being wooed like never before. Candidates are promised huge salaries, guaranteed bonuses, weekends at the firm condo on Maui, a festive, stress-f ... [read more]

Crafting the Perfect Resume

In this nutty economy, job seekers must find ways to stand out from the crowd. A well-crafted resume -- typically the employer's first exposure to the candidate -- is a great way to do that. In general, a good resume shows an employer how you're q ... [read more]

How To Get a Job When No One's Hiring

Let's face it. Getting a job in the legal profession today is not as easy as it was even just a year ago. The "downturn" in the economy has sparked hiring freezes and attrition through performance reviews. But we've got a few tips to max ... [read more]

How to Get the Most Out of a Legal Recruiter

If you're perusing our site, you probably already know that legal recruiters save tremendous time and effort in what could otherwise be a grueling employment process. For the candidate, a good recruiter has a comprehensive network of law firms and ... [read more]

How to Handle Being Laid Off

For months, it's been happening -- both publicly and quietly -- at big firms and companies all over the country: lawyers are getting laid off. If you've been let go -- or you think you soon might be -- we've got suggestions not for just getting th ... [read more]

Interviewing Tips: From Screening to Call-Back

Looking for a new job can be a stressful and lengthy process. We've got suggestions for making job interviewing -- from screening interview to call-back -- a successful endeavor.

Before the Interview

Believe it or not, the most imp ... [read more]

It's All In The Equity

Cash is one thing (you can't pay the rent or the mortgage with stock options) but if you want to see the ears really prick up, start talking about equity. Candidates and clients alike continuously ask us about the fairness and competitiveness of o ... [read more]

On Campus Interviewing--The Two Way Ordeal

On Campus interviewing is around the corner. It can be the most exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and frightening time of the year. As former practicing attorneys, all of us at Solutus have experienced this process as both the interviewer and the ... [read more]

Should You Join a "Branch" Office?

Most firms will tell you that they're holistic -- a cohesive firm without a main headquarters and attendant "branch" offices. But reality usually belies those self-definitions. Most large firms are, for all intents and purposes, based in ... [read more]

Summer Associate Survival Guide

You are being recruited. That is the fundamental purpose of a summer program, even in a tight market. People take you to lunch. People arrange fun things for you to do. Your work schedule is closely monitored so as not to interfere with having a g ... [read more]

Survivor: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast in the Legal Profession

While we can't guarantee that you'll make a million bucks playing the lawyer game, we do have some tips for standing out from the crowded attorney tribe and for not getting voted off the proverbial island. Follow these career-building suggestions ... [read more]

The Good Candidate

Too many jobs are chasing too few candidates. Some predictable results: (i) good candidates are receiving multiple offers; (ii) candidates are requesting more time to respond to offers so they that can play out other potential opportunities; and ( ... [read more]

The Return Of The Hypo

In those storied days of yore, interviewing for a legal position in either a law firm or a corporation was a fairly gentle affair. The interview tended to focus on cultural fit and interpersonal skills, with the conversation grazing over a pastora ... [read more]

Times Change . . .

Times have changed. While the death of the Dot-coms may be greatly exaggerated, there is no question that since the broad stock market sell-off last summer we have witnessed a real change in the legal market, both for in-house and law firms. This ... [read more]

 

Law School Lessons : 5

 

Get Good Projects This Summer

As you know, the legal market's a little slow right now. What that means for summer associates -- particularly those at big firms with large summer classes -- is that good projects may be harder to come by. Here are some tips for getting quality a ... [read more]

How to Ensure to Get an Offer By the End of the Summer

If only you were a summer associate three years ago, right? In those days, the economy was super charged and law firms were scrambling for extra bodies, hiring dozens of new lawyers from their summer programs. This year, of course, things are diff ... [read more]

New School Year Resolutions: Advice for the Third-Year Law Student

Hopefully, by the time you start your third year of law school, you've got case briefing down to a 10-minute science and the Socratic Method no longer gives you a stomach ache. And hopefully you've also got a permanent job offer in your back pocke ... [read more]

On Campus Interviewing--The Two Way Ordeal

On Campus interviewing is around the corner. It can be the most exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and frightening time of the year. As former practicing attorneys, all of us at Solutus have experienced this process as both the interviewer and the ... [read more]

Summer Associate Survival Guide

You are being recruited. That is the fundamental purpose of a summer program, even in a tight market. People take you to lunch. People arrange fun things for you to do. Your work schedule is closely monitored so as not to interfere with having a g ... [read more]

 

On the Job Advice : 7

 

A Title, By Any Other Name . . .

Associate General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Director Of Legal Services, Corporate Counsel, Senior Corporate Counsel, Senior Attorney, Lawyer In Charge Of Everything. Is it worth it in a tight market for candidates ... [read more]

Can You Switch Practice Areas?

Maybe you became a big-firm litigator after watching countless "LA Law" reruns during law school, drawn to the fancy suits, courtroom suspense and law firm glamour. But after several years in litigation, you find yourself dreading the co ... [read more]

How to Advance Your In-House Legal Career

Many factors can affect the trajectory of an in-house career: competency, good business judgment, political savvy, personal branding, timing and luck are a just a few.  Some of these factors are beyond the control of any lawyer.  But the ... [read more]

Office Romances

It's a universal truth that lawyers spend a lot of time at the office. A lot. Therefore, it's a corollary universal truth that the office is one of the most likely places that lawyers would meet someone with whom to start a romantic relationship. ... [read more]

Partners: Finding The Right Platform

What is a rainmaking partner supposed to do? You could spend half your time talking to headhunters, interviewing with other firms, or just plain mulling over different opportunities. Demand for your practice has never been more intense. Should you ... [read more]

What Does Business Casual Really Mean?

No more ties and pinstripes, pantyhose and pumps.

"Business casual" dress codes began at West Coast dot-coms in the 1990s, infecting local law firms, and the trend has since traveled eastward. No longer just a Fridays- or Summer- ... [read more]

What If You Don't Make Partner

The new partnership classes have been announced. We would like to add our congratulations to those who have been elected to partner in their respective firms. The legal journals, magazines, and newspapers are now full of celebratory articles and g ... [read more]