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scooby21322:
I was recently granted an interview at a small, 2 man firm out in the middle of nowhere.  While I could do this for awhile, I do want to work in a bigger town/city eventually.  Would it be a bad move to consider this firm?  Can you go into a bigger city after working there? What would all of you do? Advice would be appreciated. 

scooby21322:
I should add that I just graduated cum laude (3.26) from a lower T2 school.  Will I have better options?

bigs5068:
You might as well go to the interview "unless it will be a cross country trip or something", but if it is a 2-3 hour drive you should definitely take a day of your life do your best on the interview and feel out the place.  Maybe you will love what they do and you can get some good experience.

A lawyer I worked for in L.A. graduated from Williamette and ended up working in Siskiyou County/ a shi**hole of a county in a two person firm and he had all kinds of business, because no lawyers work in Siskiyous county, but in a county of about 100,000 people there are bound to be problems and with only 20 to 30 lawyers in the area they were all  flooded  with business and he got a lot of experience and paid off his loans easily by living in a dirt cheap town for a few years. Once his loans were paid off and he had some money in the bank and experience under his belt  he moved to L.A. and is doing quite well for himself. I am sure there are other examples of people being stuck in a small firm in the middle of nowhere for the rest of their life. You never really know what is going to happen, but I would definitely show up to the interview and see what they are about and if you can handle the town and the job.

Thane Messinger:

--- Quote from: scooby21322 on May 26, 2010, 05:04:05 PM ---I was recently granted an interview at a small, 2 man firm out in the middle of nowhere.  While I could do this for awhile, I do want to work in a bigger town/city eventually.  Would it be a bad move to consider this firm?  Can you go into a bigger city after working there? What would all of you do? Advice would be appreciated.

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Scooby -

I would agree with big . . . an interview is a good chance to at least practice, and who knows, you might actually like the partners, practice, and even area.  The concern is your statement that you would like eventually to work in a city.  Ask yourself why this is true.  Is it because of the money?  If so, you'll likely do better in a small-town practice, not just because of the relative dearth of practitioners, but because homes cost one-fourth what they do in cities.  Smaller firms are also much nicer places to work, on average, and offer faster routes to first-chair and to partnership.  (As to whether this would pidgeonhole you, yes and no.  It really depends on the practice and on you--both on what you make of it and on your long-term preferences.)

We seem as professionals to have city-on-the-brain.  For many it simply isn't the best life.  Is it because of family, dates, or personal preference?  If so, those are fair considerations, and if you're absolutely opposed, that would be be just about the only reason not to waste their or your time.  Otherwise, it would be a bad move not to consider all options.

Good luck in the interview,

Thane.

Thane Messinger:

--- Quote from: scooby21322 on May 26, 2010, 05:14:22 PM ---I should add that I just graduated cum laude (3.26) from a lower T2 school.  Will I have better options?

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Another point is the jurisdiction.  Do you know which city or area is your real favorite?   If you do know, it would make sense to start practice in that state, especially if your first firm is willing to pay for your bar review and fees (as they should).

If, for example, you absolutely, positively know that you will end up in, say, Butte, Montana, a tiny firm two hours away on the Montana side of the border makes more sense than a similar firm on the other side of the border. 

That is, unless you like taking multi-day exams.

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