Which law firm is right for me?
Speak to them
The single best way for you to learn more about a firm and to draw your own conclusions from the impressions they give is to speak to them firsthand, rather than relying on third-party sources. There are a number of ways you can do this:
In-person events - attending industry events can be a great way to meet a broad variety of potential contacts: clients, recruiters, practicing lawyers, experts and more. If you’re looking to learn more about a specific or niche area of law, these types of events offer a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to explore what opportunities are available.
Online - leveraging social media and cold-emailing are two great ways to learn more about a firm without having to leave your office or house to do so. If you’re already practising and concerned this may reveal the fact you’re searching elsewhere to your current employer, you can also be a bit more discreet in your information-gathering by simply following accounts of those you’re interested to learn more from, without having to speak to them directly.
Meeting for coffee - framing meeting others within a social setting, such as meeting for coffee, is a great way to relax the environment and to (hopefully) see others at their most relaxed and genuine. It can also be a great way to ask questions about all of the ancillary elements of changing roles - the location, local amenities, commute and more.
Scheduling a call - just 15 minutes on the phone with a connection in your network can open up a number of possibilities: advice, insights, referrals to other professionals and more. One of the best advantages to this approach is that it’s not constrained by location - you can network far beyond your jurisdiction and location, which is ideal if you’re contemplating a big move abroad!