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Well, I'm already taking barbri (which b/c of no job I'm paying for myself).  I'm already committed to take the bar in the state.  I'm perfectly fine with being limited to this state for 5 years until I can get reciprocity.  So the location of it is fine, other than it's not near much. 

My concern about the location is that I think that there will be NOTHING to do.  It's not a career concern as much as it is a lifestyle concern.  Also, I'm interested in doing a specialized kind of law (more of a policy/public interest kind of thing) later on, which would mean I would need to get close to a capital or a city that has options with that kind of work.  But, that's further down the line. 

I can see benefits to this job.  It will pay decent, which will get me through the bad economy.  It'll provide me good experience in a more slow paced enviornment.  My only concern is I wouldn't want to live there forever.

Anyway, for a number of reasons, I want to be near something big eventually.  I'm not in a hurry for that, but I also don't want to take a job which will limit what I can do later on.

(On a side note, how normal is it to go from one law job to another?)

I think it is very common for lawyers to transfer jobs. The few firms I worked at as a paralegal (I am only in transition from 1L to 2L so I am not a lawyer at the moment so take any advice I give with a grain of salt.) However, the attorneys I worked under had  numerous jobs prior to ending up where they did and some of the lawyers I worked  for left for other positions. Once you have a few years of experience it is pretty easy to move around. 

Your certainly not locked into a town forever as long as your a member of the state you can go anywhere in the state you are in. A shi**hole town in California follows the same procedures and laws as L.A. or San Francisco and whatever California laws and practices you learn in the Shi***hole it will transfer to L.A. or San Francisco. I don't know what state are you in, but the same logic applies to every state. 

As Thane said you can probably make a lot of money and get your loans down in a small town, once you don't have financial pressures you can really find your dream job.  Just my opinion though.

Some firms do have "do not compete" clauses, but I think the largest legally enforcable one is within a 50 mile radius for 5 years.

Is this small town within an hours drive of a place you'd want to work?

Those aren't enforceable in California.  I imagine if it is in the middle of nowhere it is more than 50 miles from anywhere scooby would want to work, but it could be a factor. 

Thane Messinger:

--- Quote from: scooby21322 on May 26, 2010, 04:32:31 PM ---
(On a side note, how normal is it to go from one law job to another?)

--- End quote ---

As always, there are a few important qualifiers.  As a general rule, changing law jobs is not like changing jobs for everyone else.  During the first few years of practice, there's not much concern by way of lateral transfer: much of the hire will relate to the same factors as in the initial hire, with the addition of skills obtained from the first job.  (Consequently, recommendations from partners is crucial.)  As elsewhere, transfering "up" will be harder.

After those few years, additional concerns are posed--but the payoff is higher.  Those relate to the same questions of skill PLUS rainmaking.  In essence, which clients are likely to be loyal to you, and how much value will you add to the firm.

Yet one more qualifier, the more you practice, the more valuable your practice in that location and with that firm is . . . again on average.  And don't forget the ever-present danger of finding someone to settle down with (if, indeed, that hasn't already occurred).


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