Standing Out In The New York Legal Market

When applying for legal jobs in New York, you need to be prepared for the cutthroat, sheer competitiveness of the market. Unlike other markets, New York law firms it is not always enough to have attended a Top 10 law school or have prestigious law firm credentials. More than anything, New York firms seek attorneys who have indicated, through their school and trial experience, that they can hang with the big boys.

 

To put it bluntly, law firms in the Big Apple can be sweatshops. Attorneys are often expected to work in excess of 100 hours per week, and even when they are not physically in the office, most lawyers are expected to be “on call” and available to partners and clients, at all times. Not all attorneys are prepared for the extreme work culture and expectations at these firms. Because the hiring process is so time-consuming, expensive, and involves so many partners, law firms in New York are often slow to pull the trigger and the interview and vetting process can be…

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