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Working as a legal recruiter

Does anyone here have any experience with this? I'd like to blackholelaw10/31/17
I have a very good friend who works as a legal recruiter at junkwired10/31/17
Tips to be a successful law recruiter. 1. Over promise an secondcareerlawyer10/31/17
"2. Send ppl job notices on linkedin and then complain subse shuiz10/31/17
I think most entry level is commission only. If looking for esquire13810/31/17
I'm mostly asking in the context of... why would someone lea blackholelaw10/31/17
The pay may not be, but the hours as a legal recruiter are f caj11110/31/17
Didn't realize that you meant biglaw. These feels specific. esquire13810/31/17
It's sales. If you do well in legal recruiting you can easil siezetheday10/31/17
blackholelaw (Oct 31, 2017 - 9:38 am)

Does anyone here have any experience with this? I'd like to know what the job is like, specifically the compensation structure. (I'm not planning to make a move, I'm just curious)

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junkwired (Oct 31, 2017 - 10:49 am)

I have a very good friend who works as a legal recruiter at a well known agency. She indicated that she receives a base salary of about 50k and commission for each person she places. She didn't say how commission is determined (I didn't ask), but said that she missed out on about 20k because a client of hers received but did not take an offer at a mid-large firm (salary between 120k - 150k).

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secondcareerlawyer (Oct 31, 2017 - 11:09 am)

Tips to be a successful law recruiter.

1. Over promise and under deliver.

2. Send ppl job notices on linkedin and then complain subsequently that they are underqualified.

3. Demand resume updates ASAP then don't respond to emails for days or even weeks.

4. Send strangers invites on linkedin and then complain when they don't accept.

5. Call people from VOIP lines with the scratchiest, oldest telecomm equipment from New Jersey. Speak in a heavy South Asian or Eastern European accent. Act affronted when people ask you to repeat yourself.

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shuiz (Oct 31, 2017 - 10:15 pm)

"2. Send ppl job notices on linkedin and then complain subsequently that they are underqualified."


Years ago when I was working as a PD, an associate in big law gave my name to a legal recruiter. I was not expecting the call, so it was basically some legal recruiter contacting me out of the blue to complain that I was underqualified.

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esquire138 (Oct 31, 2017 - 2:04 pm)

I think most entry level is commission only. If looking for side hustle, or just a hobby, or are unemployed with just nothing else better to do, then it might be ok.

Heck, if unemployed one of the jobs you can give out could be in theory to yourself. That alone might be a racket making it worthwhile........maybe.

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blackholelaw (Oct 31, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

I'm mostly asking in the context of... why would someone leave biglaw to become a legal recruiter? Is the pay even worth it?

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caj111 (Oct 31, 2017 - 3:51 pm)

The pay may not be, but the hours as a legal recruiter are far less and predictable. Legal recruiting firms like to hire former biglaw associates when they can, as it gives their own company some credibility.

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esquire138 (Oct 31, 2017 - 9:31 pm)

Didn't realize that you meant biglaw. These feels specific. Is someone you know doing/did that?

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siezetheday (Oct 31, 2017 - 9:57 pm)

It's sales. If you do well in legal recruiting you can easily make 250k+ by cold calling and finding good candidates. Buts it's a serious grind and repetitive.

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