Lateral interviews are inherently tricky, especially the first one. It’s likely the first time you’ve interviewed since law school, and a lot has changed since then. Now you’re a practicing lawyer, and you not only have the gray hairs, crow’s feet and ability to account for your day in six minute increments show for it, but you also have real legal experience. How you effectively communicate your experience and desire to look at other opportunities is key in securing a great lateral role. Here are eight tips to ensure you are on your “A” game during a lateral interview.
Erica Gartenberg is the President of Rocky Mountain Legal Search LLC. She places attorneys in roles ranging from law firm associates to general counsels, and works with law firms in all sizes and scales, corporations and start ups. She also is a career consultant, helping attorneys maximize their career goals. Erica can be reached at email@example.com.
Making a lateral move can be an incredibly powerful and important decision, but it must be well thought-out and carefully executed. Whether moving law firms is something you thought you’d never do or it was always your plan, it is something that you should consider to ensure that you are properly developing your legal skills and career.
Many law firms recently welcomed their new class of associates and are focused on preparing them for their first year. New associates across the country are meeting their mentors and paired associates, sitting down for extensive orientation and training sessions, and taking advantage of an abundance of resources their firms look to provide to help them navigate the unknown.
As we reviewed earlier, many attorneys are behind technologically and reticent to adopt new tech tools, despite (1) ABA recommendations to stay abreast of relevant technology, (2) sophisticated clients who expect tech proficiency in their attorneys, and (3) competitors like alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) using technology to provide legal support work at lower costs. The bottom line is that law firms and lawyers need to keep current with technology because being deficient means losing business—or going out of business.