QI am a foreign-trained lawyer with four years of experience in “high-profile” Anglo-American firms in France. I recently graduated (LL.M.) from a top-10 law school, passed the NY Bar in July and am currently looking for a job in law firm in NYC. I would like to know if in spite of (i) my foreign credentials and (ii) the current state of the economy, do I still have a chance to get a decent job (preferably not first-year tasks) in a decent firm? Do you have any tips as to how I should market myself (e.g. downplay my foreign education or, in contrast, emphasize it; mark myself as a 5th-year associate; be flexible, etc.)? Many thanks.
AChief Justice Roberts would have a hard time finding a good job right now, so my advice is: Be flexible. Like real flexible. Think Chinese gymnast. Be open to new practice areas, pay structures and titles. But don’t worry about playing up or down your foreign experience/education. Lawyers at top firms see through that BS pretty quickly. Just be yourself and be willing to bend. Do some yoga before your next interview to get yourself in the right frame of mind.
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