There are few who understand the legal industry as deeply David Lat does and, in this episode of the HALB Leadership Podcast, we ask David for an introduction to legal recruiting: how the business works, what characteristics and skills make a candidate stand out, what goes into a partner’s business plan, and so much more.
Some takeaways include:
- Legal recruiting at the junior associate levels is still very credentials-driven: the hiring firm looks at the “prestige” of the firm you’re leaving, your law school and your grades. At the mid-level, more attention is paid to experience. At the partner level, the question becomes how much of your business is “portable.”
- Your network and relationships are incredibly important! Get to know your peers at law school. For women and diverse candidates, affinity organizations provide helpful opportunities to connect with other members of your community.
- In general, “making partner” is still a desired thing for the associates that David has spoken to. It’s prestigious, lucrative and is helpful for developing business because companies are more willing to hire a partner as opposed to, for example, a mid-level associate.
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