Harlan Scott Legal Search: We are not sexy, and we are not sexist


Much has been said as of late about certain legal recruiters which justifiably may have left a bad taste in people’s mouths.

Like most things in life, you have a choice.

I teach my kids that voting is important not only on election day, but every day. How we choose to spend our money, which companies we support and don’t support, all of this is how we make our voices heard.

You too can make your voice heard.

At HSLS, we are dedicated to providing the finest legal search and recruitment services for world class candidates and for top firms and in-house legal departments seeking the best talent, REGARDLESS of their religion, race, gender or sexual preference.

If you are looking for a team of dedicated legal recruitment professionals, all who have walked the walk and talked the talk at both AMLAW 100 firms as well as in-house, who can listen and understand your short and long term goals and develop a strategy to help you achieve them, we’re your folks!

Give us a call, and let’s plan to meet. Don’t worry, the dog will stay at the office…

Why the summertime is great to find your next legal position

I left a meeting with a well-known lawfirm client yesterday who said to me “I’m not expecting many candidates because I know searches are slow during the summer.”

As I walked to the train, this comment stuck with me, and gave me pause…

In fact, I  have found some of my busiest months as a legal recruiter to be during the summer and holiday periods…

Here are some reasons why:

(1) Competition drops significantly since other associates think it is slow and stop looking. Sounds bizarre, right? The truth is there is just not as much competition during the summertime and the holidays.

(2) The openings for which I am asked to recruit this time of year are real openings at firms having holes that need to be filled. What do I mean? It is summertime. It is hot. Some people would rather take it easier during the summer. Take a vacation, have their staff take vacations…they do not want to hire unless they really need to hire. A new class of associates is coming in the fall, and based on this, if I am asked to recruit for an opening during the summer (and I have many!!!), it is a bona fide, urgent, must-fill-now opening.

(3) What better time to road test your career reality? Partners are away on holiday, senior associates are also away, when would be better to schedule meetings with your next potential employer? Absences during busy times are noticeable, ad now is a good time to get in some of those preliminary meetings while you still have some degree of ownership over your calendar.

Ropes & Gray makes it easier to be productive out of the office

Ok, I already hear the grumbling…

But, if you are at BigLaw, you work hard. Very hard.

You know this. Your friends, family, and significant others know this.

So, wouldn’t it be nice for you to be able to work hard as efficiently and comfortably as possible?

Ropes thinks so, and is putting it’s money where it’s mouth is.

I am a big fan of Ropes. The firm seems to have a soul, and it does have a well deserved reputation for respecting it’s employees. Score another one in this category. Ropes is now offering additional equipment to mid-level associates and up to allow for it’s attorneys to be productive out of the office. These include monitors, phones, and other technology for those attorneys who wish to work while commuting and/or at home.

The cynics amongst us will be shaking their heads (and fists?), but the reality is a work life balance is what you make of it. If you can leave the office at a more reasonable time so that you can get to the gym, or home for dinner, or to put the kids to bed, and then log-on for a couple of hours from home, or during your commute, it is a good thing.