RLS Standard Lateral Candidate Profile
Because our corporate and law firm clients demand the very best, RLS is selective. Academic excellence is important. The candidates we typically recruit were on Law Review or graduated at or near the top of their class from a highly regarded law school.
See U.S. News Online Top Law Schools Chart or the Vault Law School Intel. They also hold undergraduate or graduate degrees from noted private or public institutions, and have been recognized with such honors as Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
A stable employment record at a premiere law firm or major corporation, with one to nine years of complex business-litigation or transactional experience, is essential. A one- or two-year federal clerkship is preferred. Ideally, attorneys with more than seven years of private sector experience should have a portable book of business. If RLS agrees to partner with you, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive set of legal search services, tailored to your unique interests and long-term career goals. RLS prides itself on its tact and discretion. Your search will be kept strictly confidential.
Candidate Consulting & Marketing
We review our active searches with each candidate, and explore which openings best match your specific interests and personal situation - and which ones have the most potential for long-term career advancement.
Access is our most important asset. RLS makes sure that your resume is placed in front of the right decision makers, at the right time. Our long-standing relationships with key legal recruiting administrators and hiring authorities mean that your resume will receive prompt attention. We know who will be actively looking for attorneys in the near future. And we also know who will interview and extend an offer should the "right" candidate happen to become available.
Resume Evaluation And Submission
RLS evaluates the effectiveness of your resume, and helps you revise it to improve your chances of obtaining an interview. Our extensive file of model resumes is available for your review. Resumes are released and submitted for consideration only with your verbal or written permission.
Interview Preparation, Post-Interview Analysis, And Advocacy
RLS coaches you on the best way to conduct yourself during the interview. If you have not interviewed for a position during the past two years, it is essential that you discuss interviewing strategies with us. In a highly competitive lateral market, a flawed interviewing technique can mean missing out on outstanding opportunities. If possible, we supply you with a list of the lawyers who will be interviewing you, as well as background information on the client.
RLS provides you with confidential feedback on how your interview was received — so you know how to improve your performance during subsequent rounds.
We troubleshoot problems as they arise, addressing any misperceptions either you or the client may have developed. We schedule follow-up meetings and discuss all relevant post-interview comments.
RLS is your advocate during each stage of the search process. We draw attention to your strengths, and downplay your weaknesses. We work hard to maximize your chances of attaining the career-enhancing job you seek. More importantly, we strive to make sure you’re extended multiple offers. Your bargaining position will be significantly improved if clients know you have several options.
Closing The Deal
RLS works with both the candidate attorney and the client law firm or corporation in closing the deal. Once an offer has been made, we assist in negotiating the compensation package, years to partnership consideration, relocation expenses, and other important terms. If you have received several offers, RLS will help you evaluate the pros and cons of each opportunity. We also address the issue of reference checks, providing consultation on how and when to approach your references.