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wallypancake (Aug 29, 2018 - 1:26 pm)

I had a discussion with a lawyer who was two years out of law school at the time and wanted to upgrade his position. He felt that he was floundering in a real estate/employment law firm and wants to work in the corporate transactional space. He understands that his resume does not reflect any such experience so he wants to use connections to get an interview and then impress his interviewers who feel that he is smart and capable and worth a shot. He has a strong resume for where he is coming from but, as mentioned, does not have the experience.

I told him that his strategy, though within the realm of possibility, is not recommended. He responded that he's seen it happen before so he will give it a try.

I was speaking with him recently and he is still looking to get out of his firm. I think a new strategy is in order but he is sticking with the old strategy.

I have experience with highly seasoned attorneys who don't want to change their methods. It would be much easier to use Westlaw or Lexis to search for cases instead of using books or they refuse to use and ipad in court or hesitate to use email and prefer to send a letter. Old habits die hard. Is this the same for the newer generation? Do they just keep doing the same old thing even though it is ill advised, inefficient, and has not seen results?

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ohboy (Aug 29, 2018 - 4:19 pm)

What would you do instead? Why doesn't he try to move into a different firm? Or does he really hate real estate/employment?

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esquirewalletsmatter (Aug 29, 2018 - 8:29 pm)

Adaptation is the key to survival.

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