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Charting Your Course: An In-Depth Resource for Law Students Navigating Multiple Job Offers

Embarking on the journey of a law student entails numerous critical choices, of which, selecting among multiple summer associate or first-year associate propositions stands paramount. At Lateral Link, we appreciate the significance of this decision. Our crew of seasoned legal talent finders, many of whom have trodden the path of summer associates themselves, impart a profound knowledge base and guidance, empowering you to make an enlightened choice.

Assessing Law Firm Offers Beyond the Facade of Rankings

Though rankings may shed some light on a firm’s accomplishments, they can inadvertently offer a skewed perspective. Abby Gordon, co-director of our Northeast associate recruitment division and a past summer associate and associate at Cleary Gottlieb, articulates this concept as, “Choosing a firm transcends mere rankings. While the prestige of your first firm undeniably paves the way for future career opportunities, there is more to it. It equally revolves around identifying the perfect alignment for your ambitions, interests, and ethical values.” Scrutinizing a firm’s work environment, stability, and resonance with your career aspirations is indispensable. For further insights on firm selection, refer to Abby’s counsel in a past ATL piece.

Holistic Evaluation of Influencing Variables

“Approach your opportunities with a comprehensive perspective, taking into account your immediate and long-term personal and professional objectives,” recommends Matt Bennett, a California-based Lateral Link recruiter, USC Gould School of Law graduate, and previous summer associate at Snell & Wilmer. “I consistently encourage candidates to strategize their thinking, to not just fixate on whether they fancy a firm’s current practice, and this mindset can be immensely beneficial to newly minted attorneys fresh from law school. Delve into the firm’s culture, geographical presence, practice domains, mentorship programs, benefits, work-life equilibrium, partnership prospects, hourly obligations, remuneration, and incentives. Consider the professional relationships that you can cultivate in the firm and their potential trajectory. These are critical considerations, especially when you are just initiating your legal career and lack the foresight that experience gifts. Extend your thinking beyond macro-level professional objectives: contemplate how the attributes of a firm might facilitate your short and long-term personal and lifestyle objectives. Endeavor to envision your evolving work and life aspirations as time progresses,” Bennett elaborates. Scrutinize whether the firm champions diversity, nurtures a collegial atmosphere, and offers pro bono opportunities, particularly if these aspects are valuable to you.

Tailored Guidance from Lateral Link Recruiters

Our recruiters understand the intricacies involved in choosing between multiple offers. “Lateral Link’s team consists of past attorneys and law firm recruiters. We can offer personalized advice drawn from our market knowledge, firm-specific intel, and industry connections,” shares Amy Langan, Manager of Professional Development & Law School Relations. To encourage a comprehensive dialogue about your career trajectory, Lateral Link extends a complimentary 15-minute discussion to address law students’ queries and offer direction.

The Impact of Your First Law Firm

Your inaugural law firm can exert a substantial impact on your legal career’s trajectory. To demonstrate this, Gloria Cannon, our Managing Principal, recites her experience from her law school OCI tenure:

“After deliberating offers from numerous Am Law 200 firms, I chose to spend my 2L summer at Milbank’s LA office, where I was exposed to corporate, real estate, litigation, and bankruptcy/financial restructuring practices. After my law school graduation, I joined Milbank’s financial restructuring team due to its esteemed reputation, cordial culture, and the size of the group, which allowed me to swiftly take on significant responsibilities with extensive client interactions.

One of our primary clients was Oaktree Capital Management, a distinguished Los Angeles-based asset management firm, for whom I executed a considerable amount of work. Consequently, during my 5th year, Oaktree’s General Counsel directly invited me to join their in-house legal team. I wouldn’t have encountered this fantastic in-house opportunity had I not been a summer associate at Milbank.”

This anecdote underlines the delicate dynamics involved in deciding between multiple offers – the decision transcends the work type and encapsulates firm culture, training, and long-term career opportunities.

Deciding on Your Legal Career’s Initial Steps

The decision should reflect your career ambitions, personal values, and lifestyle preferences. While mentors, professors, and recruiters can extend guidance, the ultimate decision rests with you. “Refrain from focusing on prestige or peer choices. Prioritize the decision that best aligns with your future goals. Apart from the numerous variables to consider, trust your intuition when assessing firms and the lawyers you have interacted with during interviews or over the summer,” advises Langan, a former recruiter for multiple Am Law 200 firms.

Perceiving the Broader Career Landscape

The path to a triumphant legal career comprises diverse opportunities. Each decision you make contributes to your comprehensive career evolution. While the choice of your first firm is unquestionably critical, it is merely one of the many vital decisions that will sculpt your legal career.

Lateral Link recruiters are dedicated to assisting law students in navigating multiple offer decisions. We are at your side throughout this journey, ensuring your choices align with your career objectives and personal ethics, enabling you to make the most advantageous choice for your future legal profession.

If you wish to connect with one of our recruiters to discuss your offer options, please contact Amy Langan at alangan@laterallink.com or via LinkedIn.

Celebrating the Power of Leadership and Diversity: NAWL Honors Luminaries at the 2023 Annual Meeting

In the realm of legal expertise and advocacy, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ (NAWL) Annual Meeting is a prestigious platform showcasing leadership, diversity, and innovation. Every year, this pivotal legal event honors professionals who are reshaping the legal landscape, making a significant impact globally. As Lateral Link, a proud sponsor and renowned name in the legal recruiting industry, we are thrilled to spotlight the achievements of the NAWL 2023 Award recipients.

At the centerpiece of this year’s event was an enlightening panel discussion on diversity in legal leadership, an essential driver for the evolution of the legal profession. Guiding this important conversation were experienced moderators, Peggy Steif Abram, NAWL Board of Directors President and retired partner of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Sally Bergmann, influential Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Among the esteemed panelists was legal pioneer, Deborah N. Archer, renowned for her work in social justice as Associate Dean, Co-Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs, and Professor at NYU School of Law, and President of ACLU. Deborah’s relentless endeavors earned her the 2023 Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, recognizing high-achieving women lawyers who inspire others. We heartily congratulate Deborah on this noteworthy recognition.

We also extend our applause to diversity advocate, Yvette Ostolaza, Chair of the Management Committee at Sidley Austin LLP. Yvette’s work in promoting diversity in law has merited her the 2023 Ashley M. Dickerson Diversity Award, a testament to her exceptional influence in the legal community.

In the same vein, we commend Amy Pannoni, VP and Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal at Microsoft, on receiving the prestigious 2023 NAWL President’s Award. Amy’s leadership in fostering career advancement for women and minorities in the legal sector is indeed commendable.

Our accolades also go to public service stalwart, Elizabeth Prelogar, Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, who received the 2023 Public Service Award. Her commitment to community service embodies the power of law to effect substantial societal change.

Finally, we congratulate inclusive leader, Alan Tse, Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Jones Lang LaSalle, on his 2023 Lead By Example Award. Alan’s impactful leadership is a powerful model of the benefits of diversity in law firm leadership.

These award recipients are more than just exceptional legal professionals. Their groundbreaking work, commitment to diversity in law, and exemplary leadership inspire the future of the legal industry. At Lateral Link, we stand by these values, and look forward to continuing our efforts to support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. We heartily congratulate each recipient on their well-deserved recognition and eagerly anticipate their future contributions to the legal community.

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As a testament to the energy, camaraderie, and spirited engagements at the event, we are delighted to share a collection of photos captured by the Lateral Link team who had the honor of attending the meeting. We invite you to enjoy these vivid scenes from the NAWL 2023 Annual Meeting, encapsulating the essence of this inspiring gathering.