People Love Legal Authority: Reviews

Need Help? Call 1-800-283-3860.
Already a Member? Sign In
"The most common means of obtaining a job was a letter or other "self-initiated contact" with the employer..."

Get on Track





Legal Authority Get You Your Next Law Firm Job

Legal Authority Gets More Attorneys Jobs Inside Law Firms Than Any Other Source And We Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job Too

Are you looking for the perfect law firm position? Legal Authority's database contains the hiring contacts of practically every law firm in the United States, Europe and Asia. Updated hundreds of times each day, the Legal Authority database contains thousands of firms not even listed in Martindale Hubbell, NALP or other traditional sources. If you want to practice law in a law firm, we can help you get the job you want. In fact, every day of the week numerous attorneys throughout the United States get law firm jobs through Legal Authority. Legal Authority's law firm database literally gets thousands of attorneys and law students jobs inside law firms each year.

Precise, Current Data To Drive Your Career Forward

Most importantly, for each law firm in our database we have researched who the precise individual in charge of hiring is and our researchers verify this information at least once every four months-hiring information can change quite frequently inside law firms. The work we do on an ongoing basis in compiling and maintaining our law firm database provides you with a level of focus that daily enhances the lives and careers of attorneys all over the country.

Comprising hundreds of thousands of law firms, our database is a world all unto itself. Each day we make hundreds of inquiries and are literally working on our law firm database 24 hours a day. We have organized our information in a way that allows you to target firms with profound precision. We can locate law firms based on their practice area, combinations of practice areas, size, geographic locations-even a particular zip code, county, or street if you like.

Legal Authority Allows You To Approach Only The Law Firms Likely To Be Interested in You

Legal Authority's objective is to provide you with the ability to target only the firms that are most likely to be interested in you. For example, if you are a litigator you might be surprised to know that there are over 4,000 law firms doing litigation in certain counties of the United States. Certainly you would never want to apply to all these law firms. Nevertheless, by narrowing this list down based upon the size of the firm you want to work in, the area of the county you want to work in and the other practice areas you would like the firm to have you could come up with a highly targeted list. Accordingly, if you were a realtor before attending law school and are interested in real estate litigation you would likely target firms with real estate and litigation practices). Here, in a market with as many as 4000 law firms doing litigation you might conceivably have the ability to target as little as 50 law firms. This nature of our database means that we permit you to contact only those firms likely to be most interested in you.

Case Studies

For many attorneys, the law firm path turns out to be an exceptional choice due to the wide variety of characteristics and firm cultures that are available. Law firms most often offer generous salaries and comfortable environments. Many attorneys practicing in law firms also find the work interesting and are satisfied with the challenges and successes. The hours can be demanding in some firms, but may be very relaxed or unimportant in others.

The fact is that by tailoring and customizing your approach to various law firms, you can ensure that you get the type of working conditions and job you want. We have outlined several case studies below. These illustrations prove our point that no matter where you are in your career, we can help you find the job you want.

CASE STUDY: Fourth Year Associate With An ''AmLaw 100'' Law Firm Desiring to Work in a Smaller Firm and Get More Trial Experience

Kevin was a third year associate with one of the most prestigious firms in the United States practicing law in New York City. Despite having excellent credentials, the only positions any legal recruiter could tell him about were at other major law firms. Kevin was hoping to get more litigation experience and do trials. In addition, Kevin did not like the hours of his current firm and wanted to be in a more collegial environment. After having had several excellent years of training, he believed he was ready for the increased responsibility of a smaller firm.


Legal Authority was able to identify over 250 law firms in New York City of fewer than 30 attorneys with litigation practices. Legal Authority assisted Kevin in creating a compelling cover letter and resume that explained his desire for increased responsibility and additional reasons he wanted to work in a smaller firm. Kevin ultimately chose to approach just over 200 firms. Kevin received over 20 interviews within two weeks of mailing his letters and accepted a position with a small-but high powered-securities litigation boutique in Manhattan. Although he was prepared to take a major salary cut to join a smaller firm, he actually ended up making close to what he made when working for a larger firm at the end of his first year with the securities firm. In addition, Kevin participated in two trials during his first year with the new firm. Kevin had actually never heard of the firm he accepted position with before he interviewed with them.

CASE STUDY: Law Student From First Tier California Law School Desiring a Position in Either Chicago or Texas

Evan was law student attending a top law school in the University of California system. Evan had attended an Ivy League college (where he majored in Chemistry) and had enrolled in law school directly out of college. Evan was entering his second year of law school and was interested in working as a summer associate with a firm that did patent prosecution work in both Chicago (where he was from) and also Texas (where his father had moved after getting divorced). While approximately 15 law firms from Chicago interviewed at his school and another 10 or so did from Texas, most of these firms did not have patent prosecution practices. Evan did not believe that using his school's career services office was the best option due to the limited number of firms interviewing at his school for summer associates in the patent prosecution field.


Evan contacted Legal Authority and we identified close to 200 firms in Chicago and Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth that had patent prosecution practices and were of the size that Evan wanted to contact. After having his resume and cover letter redone by Legal Authority, Evan contacted each of these firms. Evan received over 30 interviews, ended up going to 11 of these interviews and received six solid job offers for a summer associate position. Evan split his second summer between a firm in Dallas and one in Chicago. Each of the firms Evan received interviews with did not even interview at his school.

CASE STUDY: Second Year Insurance Coverage Associate Relocating From Minneapolis to New York

James was an insurance coverage associate with a major Minneapolis law firm who was just entering his second year of law school. James had been dating a woman in law school who had moved to New York City directly following graduation and the two were eager to work and live together in the same city. For months, James had been checking the web sites of major law firms for openings, had sent out some resumes to the better known insurance coverage practices in New York and had also spent a good deal of time checking job boards. He had not received a single interview.


Legal Authority was able to identify over 100 firms in New York City with insurance coverage practices. Legal Authority recommended that James approach them all. James received over 11 interviews within two weeks of sending his letters. James accepted a position with a well known national law firm that had only started an insurance coverage practice a few months before James contacting them. James now works and practices law in New York City.

CASE STUDY: LL.M Student With A Background in Education Law

Liz, a student in an LL.M program at a third tier law school in Florida, has a background in Education Law. She was a teacher for several years before attending law school and enrolled in an education law LL.M program directly out of law school. In fact, her school in Florida offers the only LL.M. in Education Law in the United States. Unfortunately, very few firms recruit on campus for law students and no firms recruit for attorneys to do education law. Her law school did not have any suggestions for her as to how to get a job with a law firm. In fact, most of her classmates are simply applying to work for school systems throughout Florida.


Liz was interested in working in 15 possible states. Although there were less than 40 firms fitting her criteria (i.e., a firm of more than 30 attorneys, with an education law practice) these geographic areas, Legal Authority was able to assist Liz in applying to them all. Working with Legal Authority, Liz received a well crafted cover letter that explained her interest in working in an area outside of Florida and how her experience prior to law school made her a good fit. Liz received 11 interviews in six separate states and accepted a position in California that paid over $100,000 per year.

CASE STUDY: Part-time Attorney Who Has Been Out of the Job Market

June, a 36 year old graduate of a fourth tier law school and recent mother, had been out of the job market for three years and was seeking a part time position in the Southwest as an attorney. She has already approached seven or eight top firms in this area, with no luck.


In June's case, we assisted her in preparing her cover letter and resume to effectively describe her desires and what she had to offer. By performing a completely expansive search in her area limited to smaller firms, we enabled her to find a smaller firm that was open to having a part time attorney. In addition, June received interview requests from three firms that were within a 20 minute drive of her home.

CASE STUDY: Partner With No Portable Business

Ron, a 52 year old partner at a major law firm in Los Angeles, was being forced out because his firm was terminating partners without significant portable business. Ron wanted to stay in the same area, and had inflexible salary requirements. In fact, in order to even pay his current expenses he needed to take home a salary of at least $200,000 per year.


We assisted Ron in contacting just over 100 Los Angeles law firms. With our research and subsequent mailing (Ron did not want to sign or stamp the envelopes himself), we were able to connect Ron with over 15 law firms that were interested in speaking with him. Within four weeks of us assisting him with his mailing, Ron had received a job offer from a mid-sized Los Angeles law firm paying over $60,000 more than his present salary.

CASE STUDY: Law Student from Second-Tier Law School

Steven was a ''B'' student at a second-tier law school. His school's Career Services Office had no resources to speak of and a very small on-campus interviewing program. In the fall of his third year, Steven sent out resumes to all 200 firms in the NALP directory that were in his state, but received a very poor response.


The NALP directory represents less than 5% of the available firms in any given market. We were able to identify more than 6000 additional firms that Steven could approach. Steven ultimately approached approximately 300 employers and received several job offers.

From our research and conversations with potential clients, we have compiled a list of legal myths that seem to surround the legal job search. Read on and be enlightened. Do not let the fact that a firm may have paid $450.00 to post a job on or some other site convince you that this is the firm for you. Most law firms hire all year long. If you only rely on advertised positions, you are going to be missing out on a massive number of potential positions. If your resume and materials arrive at the right firm at the right time, you may get an outstanding opportunity.

Only law firms that interview at my school will hire me. There are over 250 law schools in the United States. Do you think every law firm goes to every school seeking attorneys? Many attorneys from first-tier through fourth-tier law schools land positions at thousands of firms each year that did not interview at their respective schools.
I will never find a law firm position. Okay, then you are already defeated. A positive, optimistic attitude is the only way to start a job search. Right now, in almost every American city, there is a law firm that needs an attorney just like you. This position could be tens of thousands of dollars more than you are making now. This position may not even be advertised and you are not going to find this law firm by using Monster, 15 gazillion web sites, a headhunter, or even Martindale Hubbell. Chances are this firm is already in our database. Let us put you in touch with them today!
It is better to work with a recruiter to find a law firm position. Unless you have stellar qualifications, there are very few headhunters that will work with you. Stellar qualifications mean that you are coming from a top law firm and attended a top twenty law school. While recruiters are enormously helpful in getting candidates a position - and certainly can enhance lives and careers - the fact is that unless you have these qualifications they will not be able to do you much good.

Also, recruiters only work with law firms or clients that will pay their fees. This can limit you to a very small slice of all the available opportunities in a given market. Furthermore, recruiters only work with firms that have active openings that are provided to the given recruiter. This can also limit you to an enormous amount of potential jobs you might otherwise be able to apply to.

An additional and little know fact about recruiters is that you have very little control over their work product. Many placement firms do not even send cover letters and will just fax your resume to the employer. At Legal Authority, we actually work with you to create a cover letter and resume to have the best possible impression upon employers. You control the work product.

Finally, smaller firms rarely use recruiters. This can result in missing out an opportunity to join a growing firm who will become the next Skadden Arps or Latham & Watkins. Moreover, in a tough economy, law firms, just like everyone else, need to cut back on their expenses, and recruiting expenses are normally the first to go.
If I spend enough time on job-posting boards, I will find the perfect law firm position. Most firms do not advertise their open positions on job posting boards or in the classified section of your local newspaper. If that is the only way you are doing your job search you are going to miss out on the majority of opportunities. Would you rather approach a few firms with positions on the Internet, or every firm that matches your interest in a region of the country?
Only firms with advertised positions will ever interview me. Do not let the fact that a firm may have paid $450.00 to post a job on or some other site convince you that this is the firm for you. Most law firms hire all year long. If you only rely on advertised positions, you are going to be missing out on a massive number of potential positions. If your resume and materials arrive at the right firm at the right time, you may get an outstanding opportunity.

Facebook comments:

Related Articles

An Advocate for Attorneys and Law Students to Get Jobs

In terms of helping attorneys get jobs, one of the more effective means for doing so is by approaching the specific types of employers you would like to work for (whether or not they are soliciting ap...

Why Legal Authority Works: Myth versus Reality

The most common means of obtaining a job was a letter or other ''self-initiated contact'' with the employer ...-National Association of Law Placement...

5 Biggest Attorney Job Search Mistakes

Attorneys and law students are one of the most ill-informed groups of people there are when it comes to conducting a job search. We hate to criticize the group in society who comprises our clients; ho...

Targeted Mailings - Make It Personal

PERSONALIZING YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER is a vital part of your targeted mailing. By doing so, you can ensure that potential employers will not automatically think that you did a mass mailing just ...

Myth Versus Reality for Law Firm Jobs

Looking for the perfect law firm position? Our database contains virtually every law firm in the United States, Europe and Asia. Simply pick the city you are interested in, your practice group and all...

State of the market report

Now that it's 2008, it's not a day too soon for attorneys who want to make a move or move up in their career to act now. Most attorneys put off looking for work towards the end of the year because the...

Going Directly To The Source - Targeted Mailing

MASS MAILING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ineffective. In fact, it can be highly effective if done right. The key to making it so is to understand the difference between just any mass mailing and a carefully pl...

The Reliability and Experience of Legal Authority

Legal Authority is not only extremely beneficial to the many legal job seekers in today's marketplace, but it's also extremely viable. In today's world, the concept of marketing yourself is wildly pop...

Legal Authority Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job

Are you looking for the perfect law firm position? Legal Authority's database contains the hiring contacts of practically every law firm in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Updated hundreds of tim...

Law Firm Life

Legal Authority Gets More Attorneys Jobs Inside Law Firms Than Any Other Source. We Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job....

"Show us you are alive! We want to hear your thoughts. Please comment on this article (below)!"

Article ID:  70113

Article Title:  Legal Authority Get You Your Next Law Firm Job

Be the first to comment on this article!

Add Comment

  • Share this story:

  • BlinkList
  • blogmarks
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Sphinn
  • MySpace
  • NewsVine
  • Simpy
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • Print this article!
  • Faves
  • Furl
  • Netvouz
  • Slashdot
  • Spurl
  • Yahoo! Buzz

Sign up for a "Free, No Obligation Resume Critique" and "Free Market Evaluation". Let us tell you how much potential you have!
What Our Clients Are Saying
I sent out 150 or so resumes to Colorado with your service six months ago and got three interviews and two offers. I love my firm and the job, but my wife hates the cold. I need you again; let's look ...
- Russ

The service provided by Legal Authority was excellent. I am thoroughly satisfied. I received from 10-15 calls by firms seeking an interview. I went on about 10 interviews. I decided to take a position...
- Christopher B.

Thanks for your help! I just received the documents yesterday and only made a few changes. I was able to finalize them yesterday evening and send them off to Production with confidence. I really thou...
- H.P., Chatham, N.J.

Your Options
Getting an In-House Position
Myth Versus Reality for Law Firm Jobs
Myth Versus Reality for In-House Jobs
Myth versus Reality: Law School Professor Jobs
Myth Versus Reality: Federal Clerkships, State &...
Myth versus Reality: Prosecutor Jobs
Pro Bono Legal Work and Your Legal Career
Give Yourself the Most Options
Major Practice Areas Analyzed
Starting a Career as a Real Estate Lawyer
Featured Advice
Featured Advice
New York Versus London Firms
Law School for Mature Students
The First Born Phenomenon
The Story Doesn't End There
Economics and ''Mean'' Law Firms
How to Acquire the Best Legal Jobs
The Art Of Networking - A Guide To A Networking...
How To Use Job Boards And Advertisements To Jump...
Finding Your Niche - The Smart Way To Market Yourself
Be an Effective Negotiator - How to Get the...
Myth Versus Reality for In-House Jobs
The First Born Phenomenon
When Law Firms Turn Mean
What Every Attorney Should Consider Before Accepting That First Offer
The Three Step Process to Finding a Legal Job
From the Legal Authority Blog
The Practice of Law: To Stay or Go
+ Click here to read more
The Story Doesn’t End There
+ Click here to read more
Will an LL.M. help my legal career
+ Click here to read more
5 Biggest Attorney Job Search Mistakes
Attorneys and law students are one of the most ill-informed groups of people there are when it comes to conducting a job search. MORE
Legal Authority Outplacement Program
Give your attorneys the most opportunities.
Making economic or strategic adjustments in personnel can be a tough decision for any firm... MORE
Law Student Wins with Legal Authority
How a highly successful Manhattan law firm associate auctioned himself off to the highest bidder... MORE
For Employers
Legal Authority's Comprehensive Employee Outplacement Program.
Give your attorneys the most opportunities. MORE
Our Database and Technology
Legal Authority's Comprehensive Database and Advanced
Search Engine.
National Advertisement
Legal Authority and National Media
Take a sneak peek at the marketing strategies of Legal Authority. MORE
Get the best legal jobs through Legal Authority.
Click here to understand the simple process and utilize our services to the maximum.
Download Now
Get on Track
Get on Track
Legal Authority Core Values
How Do You Work With Employer Data at Legal...
Why Legal Authority Works: Myth versus Reality
What Legal Authority Does
Legal Authority and Law Students
What Is Legal Authority?
Using Legal Authority for Law Student Jobs
Legal Authority Works!
Legal Authority Is a Great Way for Law Students...
What Legal Authority Does For You
Choose Legal Authority
Choose Legal Authority for Your Job Search
Legal Authority Outplacement Program
Legal Authority Is the Smartest Way for Law Students to Find Jobs. Period.
If You Can Register on Legal Authority You Can Get a Legal Job
Why Legal Authority Will Transform You and Your Career
Do Not Let Your School Control the Recruiting Process
Who Can Legal Authority Help
Legal Authority Is Not for Everyone
An Advocate for Attorneys and Law Students to Get Jobs
What Legal Authority Does Works
Why I Started Legal Authority
Some Things You Probably Did Not Know about Legal Authority
Legal Authority Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job
On-Campus Interviewing or Legal Authority
How Legal Authority Started: You Need to Have Desire to Achieve Your Goals
Legal Authority Works for Law Students
Legal Authority assists more attorneys and law students, at more law schools, get jobs than any other source.
Request More Info
Learn more about Legal Authority
First Name:*
Email Address:*
Phone Number:*