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Seattle job market

What's up everyone? I posted a while back about my high-hour compassarray11/13/17
https://www.jdunderground.com/jobs/ thread.php?threadId=10104 jorgedeclaro11/13/17
Wow. Yeah, i read through that thread. Not exactly encouragi compassarray11/13/17
There are more IP related jobs in the Silicon valley. The trijocker11/13/17
I don't have any connection to the area whatsoever, and hone compassarray11/14/17
The answer it it depends up here. Tech isn't as big as in SF rising1l11/13/17
Hmm. yeah, no experience in tech/data/IP whatsoever. compassarray11/14/17
Every young white hipster wants to move to Seattle. Many of therewillbeblood11/14/17
Heh heh. Are there any cities that might be better to go to compassarray11/14/17
compassarray (Nov 13, 2017 - 3:52 pm)

What's up everyone? I posted a while back about my high-hour job in Texas as a new associate. I am thinking of looking seriously into moving to the Seattle area with my wife and baby.

Do you guys have any insight into the Seattle legal market? I've heard it's pretty tough. I was thinking of leaving in maybe 3 years or so, and have the time and will to prepare for the move. Ideally I would have 3 years of experience doing litigation by the time we head up there.

On a related note - any opinions/stories on living in Seattle or the Seattle area in general? I could use some insight. Anyone live there? I hear the rent is insanely high. We would try to move to a suburb and I'm not adverse to commuting, but it really all depends on finding a position as a relatively young associate.

Any tips/stories/insight? It is definitely appreciated!

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jorgedeclaro (Nov 13, 2017 - 4:38 pm)

https://www.jdunderground.com/jobs/thread.php?threadId=101042

I had a semi-friend just get a job in Seattle coming from out-of-area. However, he had a Washington judge stumping like him for crazy. I think of the dozen interviews he had the gist was "we (sincerely) like you, but we really aren't hiring and we only did this interview as a courtesy to the judge."

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compassarray (Nov 13, 2017 - 5:09 pm)

Wow. Yeah, i read through that thread. Not exactly encouraging. I figure three years of preparation could make something happen, hah.

I've heard there are a lot of IP related jobs, but not sure..

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trijocker (Nov 13, 2017 - 6:31 pm)

There are more IP related jobs in the Silicon valley.

There is Amazon and Microsoft and that soaks up local law grads who cannot find straight attorney jobs. Plus housing there is really competitive and expensive.

Do you have any connections to Seattle, or a family member who went to UW? Otherwise as in many markets it is insular to local law school grads.

Found this recent thread on JDU

"Forget it. I live in Seattle (in tech, not in law) and follow the local market through friends.

The local market is mostly Top 14 and then Univ of Washington.
There are also a few other even worse school like Seattle U that populates all of the small law firms around here. Even being from Gonzaga law school in Spokane (western Washington) is tough to break into Seattle market.

This area is flooded with lawyers, just like everywhere else. Even Univ of Washington grads, which is about #30 or so, struggle to get jobs locally. They are scrambling to find anything through their local connections.

The tech market here is very strong, probably # 2 area in the USA after San Jose/San Francisco region for tech jobs. That is driving cost of living up around here. You need to make 20% to 30% more to justify living here.

Any halfway decent house here is already $500,000"

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compassarray (Nov 14, 2017 - 9:49 am)

I don't have any connection to the area whatsoever, and honestly, I don't even practice in IP and wouldn't be able to at this point anyway.

My thought was that we would like to move in a few years, once I can get admitted by motion to the WA bar. Do you think a few years would be enough time to establish connections up there somehow?

On a related note: how the heck would I get connected up there? It's kind of a general question: how do you move to a new market?

The housing sounds like the only major con to the area compared to where I'm at.

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rising1l (Nov 13, 2017 - 8:07 pm)

The answer it it depends up here. Tech isn't as big as in SF. However, the cost of living here is lower than SF (which isn't saying much).

Jobwise, there are a ton of IP/data related corporate counsel jobs that require either midlaw experience or biglaw experience. If you have tech trans experience, it will be pretty easy to find something in Seattle. Although that is the case in most places in the US...

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compassarray (Nov 14, 2017 - 9:50 am)

Hmm. yeah, no experience in tech/data/IP whatsoever.

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therewillbeblood (Nov 14, 2017 - 11:18 am)

Every young white hipster wants to move to Seattle. Many of them have law degrees.

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compassarray (Nov 14, 2017 - 12:45 pm)

Heh heh. Are there any cities that might be better to go to in Western Washington for the legal market and quality of living other than Seattle? I've heard some people suggest Tacoma, Everett, Bellingham, and a couple others. I would think the market would be tighter in smaller towns.

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