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North Dakota legal market

Just realized the shale boom is/was in ND. How is the legal ambulancechaser201309/29/17
coincidentally, one I'm familiar with (don't ask) At any dingbat09/29/17
If you don't have any connection to North Dakota, you'll hav dieter09/30/17
I used to travel to ND (Dickinson and Williston) for my in-h barelylegal09/30/17
ambulancechaser2013 (Sep 29, 2017 - 12:06 pm)

Just realized the shale boom is/was in ND. How is the legal market there? Are the lawyer jobs hard to get?

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dingbat (Sep 29, 2017 - 12:31 pm)

coincidentally, one I'm familiar with (don't ask)

At any given time, there's a handful of vacancies. There are probably never more than 10 open positions being advertised at a time. But there's also not many attorneys in North Dakota. Most years approximately 100 attorneys get admitted. https://www.ndcourts.gov/lawyers/senior.htm

So, not a lot of jobs, but not a lot of competition. And they don't mind hiring out-of-state (Williston has an ASA who went to Nova), though you'll need to convince them that you're likely to stay.

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dieter (Sep 30, 2017 - 5:27 pm)

If you don't have any connection to North Dakota, you'll have a harder time breaking into the legal market. (I grew up there, but have exactly zero desire to live there ever again.) Also, the shale boom is petering out - the time to jump on that was several years ago. The Williston/Watford City area is some really bleak and isolated country.

Vogel Law Firm is the biggest firm in ND, I think.

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barelylegal (Sep 30, 2017 - 8:36 pm)

I used to travel to ND (Dickinson and Williston) for my in-house gig. The majority of the business I did there was conducted over lunches and dinners at the Elks Lodge and I always had a local party there helping facilitate introductions. The population is so small that everyone knows everyone but they don't know you.

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