Round-Up: Am Law 100 Job Listings

For my observations on this list and hiring at Am Law 100 firms, please refer to this post:  Firms Take Recruiting In-House and Other Am Law Job Observations.

Key: New jobs highlighted in green. If a firm removed any job(s), the firm’s name is highlighted in red.

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Firms Take Recruiting In-House and Other Am Law Job Observations

I love updating the Am Law job listings. You can really see the industry through the eyes of how its recruiting.  I will publish the list in my next post but I’d like to note some brief observations here. (Remember, the list is accessible by members-only whereas this post is public.)

Observation #1Firms Get Smart About If/When to Use Search Firm

Although I don’t note it on the list, many of the firms explicitly state that they are not accepting resumes from search firms for XYZ position. Sometimes it’s a firm-wide decision, sometimes it depends on the position.

Those are just a few examples. Personally, I think this type of information is great.  It helps everyone involved – the firm, the potential laterals, and the search firms.

I left my job at a contingency search firm in the beginning of 2009.  By that time, explicit announcements like these were pretty much non-existent.  This meant that candidates and recruiters didn’t know if a firm was working with outside agencies when filling a position.  Based on my conversations with candidates, they were hesitant to apply on their own if they thought they should be working with a recruiter.  (Perhaps the recruiter had a special relationship, had inside knowledge, or other advantages the recruiter may bring….).  Even stellar candidates – smart, friendly, high achievers, perfect matches – would question whether they could find a position without a recruiter.

On the other hand, as a recruiter, I spent countless hours trying to get in touch with firms about advertised positions only to find out – after plenty of phone tag – that the firm was not using recruiters to fill that position.  Or, worse, I spent countless hours – at the firm’s request – trying to find candidates to fill advertised positions that the firm knew they would be filling internally or through a referral.  Not only did the firm play me, it played all of those stellar candidates who may end up opposing counsel or co-counsel.  I had to tell those candidates, “Hey, it’s not you.  Here’s what happened….”

Recruiting fees are expensive.  However, they’re well-worth the money if a recruiter finds that perfect candidate who would never have applied on their own.  It’s about time that firms used recruiters for their true potential.

Observation #2Observation #1 Applies to Staff Attorney/Contract Attorney Positions as Well

More and more, I see advertised positions for staff attorneys, part-time attorneys, and other non-partner track positions.  (E.g., Staff Attorney, Staff Associate, Contract Attorney(!), Career Associate, Part-Time/Hourly Attorney, Staff Attorney, etc.)  This also makes me really happy.  A lot of these positions – and, therefore, the attorneys who work in these positions – do not get the respect they deserve.  By advertising these positions, the firms show that they’re open to candidates who need/want alternative work schedules.  In addition, they are including these attorneys as employees of the firm.  Regardless of the legal significance, the cultural significance is tremendous.

Observation #3… Those Non-Legal “Legal” Careers

Usually, I limit my list to attorney positions or something similar.  (I’ve been known to throw a few patent agent positions in there.)  I’m not sure if I’m simply looking harder nowadays but I’m seeing firms advertise many “alternative” careers – law firm management careers – that are J.D. preferred.  When one of these positions pops out at me, I’ve included it on the list.

There are a few positions I’d like to highlight:

Round Up: Am Law 100 Job Listings, Backstory and Future

I’m glad so many people like the Am Law jobs round-up. I figured I owed you a long-overdue explanation about the column – why I decided to create it and where it is moving. So, stick with me and you’ll find the latest round-up at the end of the post.1

Long, long ago, when I was a job seeker, I longed for a service that compiled all the job postings in one place. Why did I have to visit Martindale, Lawjobs, Monster, Emplawyernet, PSLawNet, Craigslist, Vault, and firm websites to find jobs? No wonder they recommend to take your job search as seriously as a full-time job.

Recruiting firms have it a little easier if they subscribed to any of the products offered by Leopard Solutions, which are nothing short of amazing. (May I add that Laura Leopard is a genius?) For example, Leopard Jobs compiles a database of open jobs at over 460 firms and 80 Fortune 500 companies daily. No, wait, twice per day. Plus, they’re easily searchable by geography or practice area. Couple that with the Leopard Lists, which publishes information on every firm’s attorneys (e.g., name, e-mail, graduation year, law school, undergrad, practice area, specialty, & clients) and, you’ve got a winning solution to match openings with viable candidates.

The only problem? Well, the Leopard List is pretty pricey. To have access to the job listings in the North East only, it costs $1,250/year. For recruiting firms who compete on inside hiring knowledge, the product’s well worth the price.

But what about the everyday consumer? The qualified candidate who wants to apply on their own without a recruiter?2 Or, what about the recruiters who can’t afford the Leopard List?

With the utmost respect for Leopard Solutions, I figured I could come up with a reasonably priced alternative that would cater to the general public. And that was the beginning of the Am Law Job Listings column.

Since November, I’ve published this column for free. Those who subscribe to my newsletter gain access to the column a few days before I post it for everyone else. However, the plan is to move this column over to a members-only section of my site, as I mentioned yesterday.

Anyone who subscribes to my newsletter already and/or who subscribes to my newsletter before I implement the members-only section will have free access to the site forever. Otherwise, the cost to subscribe will be $8.00/month. My goal is to use the money that I earn from the subscriptions to update the listings more often – either by myself or hiring someone to help. (I also take donations or gifts!)

I hope you agree that this is a useful service and its just one of the many perks to which members will have access.

Now, back to the present. Here is the latest round-up of Am Law 100 job listings. I’ve switched to publishing with Zoho Reports rather than Google Documents.3 I think it’s easier for searching and sorting but let me know if you have any feedback.

1 Yes, this is the same round-up that was password protected when published last week. This was a way to show my appreciation for subscribing. Unfortunately, this past time, a few of the subscribers had trouble accessing the password-protected post. I had already started to think that I may need to change how I distribute the listings and this incident sort of sped up the process.

2 Note: If a job seeker signs up to search the Leopard List job board or to receive e-mail job alerts, they see mostly jobs posted by recruiting companies. They do not have access to the database of jobs posted by those 460+ firms and 80+ Fortune 500 companies.

3 Ironically, I saw how nicely professionally Law Shucks tracks layoffs and I got inspired. Hat tip to them!

[Jobs] Round-Up of Am Law 100 Lateral Positions

Since the last round-up, there are 29 new jobs posted! These include a few coveted “alternative” arrangements such as an hourly position at Hunton & Williams in Austin and a practice support attorney opening at Reed Smith’s offices in Pittsburgh.

My guess for 2010? You’ll see a lot more of these positions. They are smart for firms, smart for clients, and smart for employees.

Note: To keep track of the changes, I’ve highlighted the new positions in green (money, baby, money!). If a firm removed one (1) position or more, I’ve highlighted the name of the firm in red.

Still looking for feedback. Also, still considering whether to make these updates solely available for newsletter subscribers (hey, it’s a lot of work! plus, my newsletters are fun and informative!). Thoughts in the comments, please!

If you’d like to sort by city or practice area, you may view it as a Google document. Under view, change the preference to list view.

This series features job posts from around the web.

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