Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Been off the market for a while. What's up with the legal job market these days?

I last hunted for jobs back a few years back when I landed m sillydood01/24/18
I got my best job in 2017. I doubt it was that my credential ambulancechaser201301/24/18
Awesome. That was my impression based on the sheer number of sillydood01/24/18
Staff counsel insurance defense. All auto. Great benefits so ambulancechaser201301/24/18
Cool. I'm not in litigation so hopefully the market is good sillydood01/24/18
In the past few years applying to corporate roles in Silicon trijocker01/25/18
Yeah it looks like it. I may have to reach out to private pr cocolawyer01/25/18
The job market really depends on your experience level, prac bucwild01/25/18
It's definitely easier once you have several years of experi frankythefly02/03/18
Job market is infinitely better. I’m in CA doing commercia muaddib01/25/18
I'd say it's getting better, but for some of us it's still r bittersweet01/30/18
What's the market like in NJ/NYC now compared to 2008-2013? dharamsala01/30/18
sillydood (Jan 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm)

I last hunted for jobs back a few years back when I landed my current role. Back then it seems like I'd get an interview one out of maybe every 30-40 apps or so? I just started looking again to see what's out there and it seems like there are WAY more opportunities than there were a few years ago. But I have no idea what the demand side of the equation looks like. I've sent out about 15 resumes in the past few days and sill no bites.

Is every job posting still getting bombarded by hundreds of equally/more qualified attorneys as was the case a few years back?

Also, I see the trend of requiring extremely specific experience has continued. Maybe it's natural employees want to find the golden unicorn and it's probably not limited to the legal profession, but it seems like every job wants X years experience in some obscure corner of the law. Employers seemingly allow for no room for learning/growth in the role.

And of course, every desirable job still requires big firm experience and elite school, even for more senior roles where presumably anyone with the experience would have proven themselves by now.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Jan 24, 2018 - 6:33 pm)

I got my best job in 2017. I doubt it was that my credentials were great. They are ok. My experience was ok. The market is simply way better in 2017 than let’s say 2008-2013. Way better. Let’s just say you’re not forced to take just any job if you have ok credentials/qualifications.

Btw. I am in California.

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sillydood (Jan 24, 2018 - 6:34 pm)

Awesome. That was my impression based on the sheer number of opportunities I'm seeing. What kind of job did you land?

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ambulancechaser2013 (Jan 24, 2018 - 6:36 pm)

Staff counsel insurance defense. All auto. Great benefits solid pay. Good hours. Solid litigation experience. Potential to do trials exists. Civil place to work. I would not have gotten it back in 2013. No way no how. And I tried back then.

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sillydood (Jan 24, 2018 - 6:42 pm)

Cool. I'm not in litigation so hopefully the market is good for in-house/corporate attorneys as well.

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trijocker (Jan 25, 2018 - 2:34 pm)

In the past few years applying to corporate roles in Silicon Valley...
Recruiters would routinely say they received over 100 resumes for each position.
Granted, not all the applicants would have relevant experience.
I also hear from friends that the Texas and Florida job markets are quite flooded with applicants.
Those are the three big regions I am most familiar with, and all have too many lawyers, a good number of law schools, and not enough open positions for all applicants.

I don't know what the NYC or Wash DC metros are like.

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cocolawyer (Jan 25, 2018 - 2:38 pm)

Yeah it looks like it. I may have to reach out to private practice again, because I need to make more money. Oh the horror.

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bucwild (Jan 25, 2018 - 2:43 pm)

The job market really depends on your experience level, practice area, and where you live. I'm a 4th year associate in Atlanta, and I get calls from recruiters constantly begging me to interview with some random firm. The classmates I still talk to are scattered throughout Miami, NYC, and Chicago, report the same thing. We are all in different practice areas, in firms of varying sizes.

From what I understand, it is much easier to find a job once you get some experience. People 3-6 years out of school likely have the most ability to lateral because they (should) have transferable skills/experience, but haven't quite priced themselves out of the market. Too junior, and nobody wants to train you. Too senior, and people expect you to have a book of business.

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frankythefly (Feb 3, 2018 - 2:08 pm)

It's definitely easier once you have several years of experience because the pool of potential applicants with that experience is much, much smaller than the pool of freshly-minted JDs, many of which ended up involuntarily-out-of-field.

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muaddib (Jan 25, 2018 - 6:08 pm)

Job market is infinitely better. I’m in CA doing commercial lit. I have literally quadrupled my salary since 2012 through two job changes. If you are unhappy or stagnated I think this is the best the market has been for a job change since I became a lawyer.

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bittersweet (Jan 30, 2018 - 1:19 pm)

I'd say it's getting better, but for some of us it's still rough going. Middling school with middling grades doesn't do much in a cutthroat market like D.C

I'm at least getting nibbles from the resumes I'm sending out now, trying to get out of doc review. But my resume is has 15 years of doc reviews and similar temp stuff. Granted, by this point I have priv logs, QC, project management, writing and similar stuff on there instead of just point and click.

But I've had these things for years and not gotten any nibbles. Now I'm finally getting responses. Hopefully at some point that will lead to interviews and offers.

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dharamsala (Jan 30, 2018 - 2:46 pm)

What's the market like in NJ/NYC now compared to 2008-2013?

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