Legal and Compliance Executive Search Blog

Five Benefits Young Associates Can Gain By Speaking With Legal Recruiters

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Mon, Jul 10, 2017

As a legal recruiter, it goes without saying that my days are spent reaching out to candidates for potential placements at law firms and being met with a fair share of reluctance from those candidates when it comes to chatting about the opportunity being offered. However, I’ve found that the more junior the attorney or associate, the more hesitant they are to engage in conversation. And, I get it. Junior associates, especially those at large firms, have gotten where they are by keeping their heads down throughout their brief careers transitioning from academia to now practicing at a firm—and, hopefully in a field—for which they worked so hard to land. In law school, they got good grades, graduated in the top 5, 10, 15%, etc., made law review, Order of the Coif, and various honors, etc.  As new associates they follow instructions, meet their billable hours, and dare not think that the firm they’ve landed at might not be the right fit long-term. Further, why would an associate want to move after only a year or two, or maybe three or four, only to land at another firm that, in their mind, is likely very similar to their current firm in most respects. Lest their resume start to project the impression that they’re a “job hopper”.

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Topics: Attorney, associates, legal recruiters


Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

As Legal Recruiters helping attorneys through the hiring process, we are constantly coaching applicants on how they can best present themselves to potential employers during the interview process. The following article by CEO Dave Kerpen thus caught our eye. He talked with almost a dozen young entrepreneurs who are members of YEC, an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Dave asked these CEOs and entrepreneurs what single most impressive interview questions applicants have asked (or that they wish applicants would ask). Here is the link to Dave’s article: In addition to encouraging lawyers to focus not on impressive questions but on important questions, we would like to offer the following advice for anyone interviewing in the legal profession. We agree with some, but not all of these questions, or we would modify them. For example, we do not think it’s a good idea to put the interviewer on the spot and ask directly “How can I make myself more like the ideal candidate?” Instead, simply ask “Can you please describe your ideal candidate for this position?” Then be sure and mention ways you are like that ideal candidate during the interview process.

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Topics: candidate interviews, Attorney

Momentum Legal Recruiters Ride For A Good Cause!

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, May 09, 2017

Legal recruiters at Momentum, Jane Pollard and Jennifer Nelson, rode the Hill Country Ride for Aids on Saturday, April 29th in order to raise funds for the Hill Country HIV/Aids Services in Austin.

More than 700 riders rode scenic routes from Krause Springs in the Hill Country, ranging from 13 to 90 miles. 

Not only was it a worthy cause that we were happy to support, but we had a great time!  And we were pleased to see many Austin attorneys supporting the same cause.

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Topics: Austin attorney, legal recruiters, charity & causes

How to Make the Interview Effective - Hiring the Right Attorney and Legal Staff

Posted by Momentum Legal on Mon, May 01, 2017

In our many years of legal recruiting, we have read dozens of articles about how to make the interview process work better - i.e. to effectively weed out the "wrong" people so that you are left with only the "right" one. 

This article is the best we've ever seen on this topic, and hits the mark on all pointsThe author, Adam Bryan, advises interviewers to avoid the standard job interview and get the candidate out of the interview room. 

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Topics: acquisition, candidate interviews, legal department hiring

Dallas Legal Recruiter seeking Corporate Attorneys for Law Jobs in Texas

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Texas Needs M&A Lawyers!

We've got a tremendous need in the Lone Star State for top M&A lawyers.

If you're a 1-6 year attorney (classes 2010-2016) currently practicing with an Am Law 200 firm in corporate law with exposure to M&A and private equity work, graduated in the top 15% of your law school class, and are looking to relocate to one of the best states for business (CNBC ranks Texas #2 and Forbes ranks Texas #5), contact me and let's discuss the future of your career in Texas.

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Topics: dallas legal jobs, attorney recruiting

Momentum attends Legal Recruiter (NALSC) Conference

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Momentum recruiters Jane Pollard and Cade Hamner attended the annual NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Conference last week in Marina del Rey, California. 

NALSC is the national professional organization for the legal search profession and is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in the field.

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Topics: legal recruiters, conference, NALSC Member, texas law jobs

What Legal Recruiters and Texas Law Firms are seeking in Lateral Associates

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

If you're an attorney considering making a move to or within Texas, you may want to know what Texas law firms are looking for when it comes to hiring lateral associates.

In general,  for associates the "sweet spot" is 2-5 years of experience.   

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Topics: texas law jobs, legal recruiters, law firms

Future Bright for Austin Legal Sector and Recruiting

Posted by Momentum Legal on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Economist Angelos Angelou came out with his annual prediction regarding the Austin economy recently and, as in the past few years, his forecast for Austin is positive. 

He predicts that Austin will experience continued growth for the next two years, but the pace of the growth will slow somewhat, which is a good thing since it will take pressure off rising housing prices and the availability of talent.

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Topics: austin legal positions

Texas Legal Recruiters Seeking Litigation Attorneys For Austin

Posted by Momentum Legal on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

We've seen a recent spike in demand for litigation associates in Austin, and our legal recruiters are busy trying to fill these as well as other searches. 


Currently, we have law firm clients seeking the following litigation associates:

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Topics: legal recruiters, austin legal job, texas law jobs, Litigation, austin attorney opening

Legal Recruiters Know Resumes.  Texas Attorneys, Make Your Resume Count!  It Will Make Getting a New Law Job Easier!

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Your resume is the first impression you make, and first impressions are important.  You only get oneAs Legal Recruiters we read dozens of resumes a day, so we know what works.

Research has proven that the average resume gets looked at for a quick six seconds. 

For this reason, your resume needs to be concise, easy to read, and especially easy to digest. It also means that sometimes “less is more.”

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Topics: legal, texas, resumes, attorney recruiting