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WEEKLY RECRUITER SPEAK 1.800.973.1177 Moving your career to another city [by LawCrossing Staff] There is nothing more exciting than leaving one area of the country and going to a new area to start a new career and life. One of the advantages of having chosen a career in the ﬂuid legal industry is that you do have the option of living in other parts of the United States or even the world. There is nothing more exciting than leaving nel in other markets who are seeking to lenge for relocating is for paralegals, legal one area of the country and going to a new relocate to a given market conduct searches secretaries and contact attorneys. area to start a new career and life. One of the on LawCrossing.com. We have found that a advantages of having chosen a career in the fair number of legal professionals wish to B. The Challenge of Relocating as a Parale- fluid legal industry is that you do have the relocate to another area of the United States. gal, Legal Secretary or Contract Attorney option of living in other parts of the United States or even the world. We have helped When relocating to a given market, it is While legal professionals are almost always plenty of attorneys and other legal staff find extremely important that you have a good in demand in both good and bad economies, jobs when they wanted to move from one city sense of how the relocation process works it is often more difficult for legal profession- to another. We believe that we have made a and the issues that affect it. Your success in als whose primary experience is litigation- positive difference in the quality of many. relocating to a given market will be influ- oriented to relocate than other types of legal enced by a variety of factors; however, we be- professionals for the most part. Second, When considering relocating, remember the lieve two of the more important factors are: legal professionals with corporate experi- first question you will always be asked is ence are extremely marketable when the why? Deciding to relocate to a city with which • What type of legal professional you are economic climate is good and can easily be you have minimal ties may not be attractive • Where you are relocating to relocated to other areas of the country. Legal to a firm who is seeking loyalty and stabil- professionals with corporate experience of- ity. You must think through the reasons that A. The Type of Legal Professional You Are ten also have the luxury of being marketable you have for relocating and whether those Will Influence Your Success in Relocating to just not in other areas of the United States reasons will appeal to potential employers. a Given Market but in other areas of the World. When the economic climate is failing, legal corporate- Before you pack your bags, however, it is Your success in relocating to a given market oriented legal professionals have a very dif- important to distinguish the types of legal will generally be better if you practice in a ficult time finding work and may even be laid professionals that are likely to have the most given area of the law that is in high demand off. Third, the more specialized the practice success in relocating from those who will not at the time. Before we go into some detail area a legal professional is in, and to the ex- have success. It is also important that you about this, you should know the following. tent those skills are transferable to another know which markets are going to most likely First, if you have worked at a good law firm in firm, the more marketable they will be. be receptive to your efforts to relocate there. the city you are in and have first-rate experi- If you’ve spent some time reviewing the jobs ence, you will have a very good chance of The following are our observations about the we have available, you’ve quickly realized relocating if your primary experience is in a: success different types of attorneys are likely that there are countless opportunities in to have in relocating to a different market. many of the markets. As much as we hate to • Document Processing Jobs say it, your success in getting any of these • Administrative Job 1. Legal Professionals in the Litigation Field positions will be dependent upon numerous • Marketing Job factors which, in many cases, will have more • Human Resources Job While litigation-oriented legal professionals to do with forces beyond your immediate • Receptionist Jobs are almost always in demand in a given mar- control than with what you can control. • Financial/Accounting Jobs ket (even during recessions), they do have a slightly more difficult time relocating on an Several times on a daily basis, legal person- As will be discussed below, the largest chal- ongoing basis than other legal professionals. PAGE 1 continued on back WEEKLY RECRUITER SPEAK 1.800.973.1177 For the most part, then, a litigation-oriented training than their counterparts practicing are very marketable is because the skills they legal professional must have outstanding other types of law. learn--if they have the right type of training- credentials to consider relocating to a given -are transferable. Additionally, depending on market. There are some exceptions to this You must also be aware of the various require - the type of experience, corporate legal profes - rule, however, and these will be discussed ments for paralegal certification from state to sionals who become specialized often have below. state. Many states such as California require skills that are greatly in demand. paralegals meet certain requirements before First, the good news. When the economy slows they can work as paralegals. You should also A legal professional with specialized skills down, many types of legal professionals, such be aware of the type of practice. If you have can be truly marketable if there is a firm that as those in corporate-oriented environments, already had substantial federal experience, needs those types of skills. The legal profes - have a very difficult--if not impossible--time you know that federal courts are guided by sional could be marketable in Los Angeles, relocating regardless of the strength of their the same general rules of procedure and Austin, St. Louis, and all sorts of places, while resumes. Conversely, lawsuits can drag on for evidence. Your skills in one state court may her counterparts without those types of skills years and even pick up to some extent when not be readily transferable in a different state, would not be. In fact, if that legal professional the economy cools. Thus, litigation-oriented depending on their various rules of procedure were one of only a handful of legal profession - legal professionals are almost always market - and practice. als in the country with her particular types of able to some extent regardless of the state of skills, she might even have close to guaran - the economy. 2. Corporate Legal Professionals teed employment in doing that particular type of work. The bad news is that it is far more difficult Corporate legal professionals are the easiest for litigation-oriented legal professionals to types of legal professionals to relocate. In Corporate legal professionals tend to be relocate. fact, corporate legal professionals can gener - most marketable in large Metropolitan areas ally pick and choose the types of areas of the and also in growing areas. Certainly, being a One of the reasons it is more difficult for United States they want to relocate to if they corporate legal professional has some very litigation-oriented legal professionals who have solid experience and are coming from a real rewards because, as a corporate legal are not truly stellar to relocate is because top law firm. A corporate paralegal attorney professional, you develop a skill set which there are so many of them. There are far in New York, for instance, could relocate to is marketable in more than one place in the more litigation-oriented legal profession - Detroit, Miami, or even Memphis if they were country at a time. als than tax, ERISA and corporate-oriented strong enough. legal professionals, for instance. The desks of The downside to the marketing of corporate administrative supervisors in major firms are However, the negative aspect to this reality legal professionals is that when the economy littered with the resumes of litigation-oriented is that corporate legal professionals are not slows, so does much of the corporate legal legal professionals, and for hiring personnel it always marketable, and their marketabil - professional’s work. In fact, when layoffs oc - is often far easier for them to hire local talent ity will be dependent upon the state of the cur in law firms’ corporate legal professionals than attorneys relocating unless the litigation- economy to a greater extent than litigation are often the first to go. This manic up-and- oriented legal professional is stellar. legal professionals. Additionally, a corporate down demand for corporate legal profes - legal professional attorney coming out of a sionals means that a corporate legal profes - For litigation legal secretaries, for instance, major legal market and law firm in a city such sional’s likelihood of relocating is extremely there are also several less-than-obvious risks as New York or Palo Alto will be far, far more dependent upon the state of the economy. to hiring an out-of-state secretary unless the marketable than a corporate legal profes - secretary has some really stellar qualifica - sional coming out of a lesser known legal tions. Finally, there are various rules for market for the most part. The perception is pleadings, filing requirements and all sorts of that corporate legal professionals coming out things that are unique to each jurisdiction and of a major legal market and firm will have far court that litigation secretaries may practice better and sophisticated legal experience than in. The learning curve is often far steeper for corporate legal professionals coming out of out-of-state litigation secretaries than for lesser-known markets. local secretaries, and such laterals who work in the litigation field generally need far more One reason that corporate legal professionals PAGE 2
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