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career change from the legal profession

 
#1 career change from the legal profession
13/03/2003 00:00

Steve Skirvin

I am new to this board and thinking of a career change from law to consulting. My background is in real estate, business restructuring and bankruptcy and securities litigation (i.e., officer/director liability). Any thoughts on how the consulting profession views lawyers looking to move into consulting, and how to go about marketing myself to prospective employers? Any insight would be appreciated.

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#2 Re: career change from the legal profession
13/03/2003 00:00

Richard Zahm

I've got a similar background and have made the switch, starting with earning an MBA. Some segments are filled with recovering attorneys: investment banking, for example. On the consulting side, you're up against the fact that you have to demonstrate your expertise prior to each engagement, something that rarely happens when practicing law. You've also established a technical level of expertise that you have to augment as a consultant...It's a slippery slope, but it's the difference between the black-and-white-world of law and the bright colors of business. Feel free to contact me offline.

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#3 Re: career change from the legal profession
14/03/2003 00:00

Charles Gay

send me your CV and I'll pass it to our Director of Consulting

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#4 Re: career change from the legal profession
14/03/2003 00:00

Derek Larman

My initial reactions would be a) Why? and B) You must be mad!

Basically if you think its tough in the legal profession - and I know it is because I have a daughter currently half way through LPC, having done CPE and a Degree in Psychology - just try it in Consulting!! The Competition is very tough, jobs are short and you will be in a market filled with people having had a more conventional route. If you are really hot, ie you have a First and are a Rugger Blue, I suggest you try McKinsey, maybe IBM, but in any case try to leave the UK and get some stateside experience. If that doesnt appeal I suggest you think again and maybe go for a less popular law discipline (shipping?) - and maybe try the Far East. Hows that for a reaction?

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#5 Re: career change from the legal profession
14/03/2003 00:00

Sheila Bradbury

Hi Steve, I have an executive search company and we are in the process of developing a relationship with a company in London that provide business driven real estate consultancy. Their people have a technical understanding of real estate issues with in-depth business & management expertise. If you would like me to represent your candidcay to them, I would be delighted to hear from you.

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#6 Re: career change from the legal profession
15/03/2003 00:00

Steve Skirvin

Richard: Thanks for the information. I am very interested in contacting you and learning about your experience. My email is sandkskirvin@yahoo.com, and my phone is 818.216.9270.

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#7 Re: career change from the legal profession
15/03/2003 00:00

Steve Skirvin

Sheila: Thank you for your interest. I would enjoy discussing opportunities for "recovering attorneys" as Richard noted, particularly from your perspective. My email is sandkskirvin@yahoo.com. My phone is 818.216.9270.

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#8 Re: career change from the legal profession
15/03/2003 00:00

Steve Skirvin

Charles: Please let me know your contact information so that I may forward my CV to you. I am also interested in learning about your company. My email is sandkskirvin@yahoo.com, and phone is 818.216.9270. Thank you for your assistance.

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#9 Re: career change from the legal profession
18/04/2003 00:00

Allen Saville

Steve,

I can only say that I too am an attorney and have been consulting for 27 years, or so - seem to be accepted well. One possible difference is that I also have degrees in OD and planning. However, I find that the legal problem solving approach and rational thinking processes I learned in law school (Univ. of Virginia) are very useful in the way I approach my consulting work. To see some of the types of work that I do, you can visit my website (www.saville.us). Hope this helps. Feel free to email back specific questions, etc. Good luck!

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#10 Re: career change from the legal profession
23/01/2006 06:40

Naresh Saini

Hello sir,

This is naresh here. I am LL.B student. I am looking for someone with the help of whom I can enter in the private sector as a legal egale and to whom I can serve with my best.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Naresh Saini

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