FAQ

Do you help lawyers find new jobs?

Yes.  We work with lawyers who know what kind of work they are seeking, as well as lawyers who know they feel dissatisfied with their current position, but don’t have a sense of what they want to do next.

Are you a legal recruiter?

No.  Unlike recruiters, we don’t get paid a commission by the employer to place an applicant.  We therefore don’t have a financial incentive to steer you to employers that pay recruiting fees

How long can I expect it to take to find a new job?

Several factors impact how long on average the transition process takes.  The longer the bridge you want to build between what you are currently doing and what you want to do next, the longer the process generally takes.  Thus, it will often take longer to switch practice areas within the law or leave the practice of law entirely than to find a similar position to the one you have held in the past year or two.  For people who don’t know what they would like to do next, it generally takes longer to find a new direction than to find a new job once they have identified that direction.  The most important factor that you can control is how diligent you are in working with us to move ahead on your career transition.  Everyone’s situation is unique, and we can’t guarantee how long it will take for you to make a career transition.  To give you some guidance, we estimate that most of our reasonably diligent clients work with us for about six months.

Is your process confidential?

Yes. We will keep the information you provide us confidential, and we will not contact third parties about your situation without your prior approval.  We are not providing legal of mental-health-related services, however.  Thus, our work is confidential, but is not covered by a recognized privilege.

Can I use your services if I am not located in California?

Yes.  We have helped lawyers throughout the country.  Most of our work is conducted by a combination of email and phone.  You don’t have to be located in California, most of our clients aren’t.

Do you help lawyers start business ventures or do other things that are not technically jobs?

Yes.  We have no vested financial or other interest that you be an employee.

What if I want to leave the practice of law?

We have a running joke with clients.  So long as you don’t join a terrorist organization or want to do something illegal, we will help you identify what you want to do and help you get there.

Do you review and revise resumes and cover letters?

Yes, if you want us to do that.  Reviewing resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and portfolios often comes up once someone is looking for a particular kind of position.

What does it cost to work with you?

Hate to give you a lawyer-like answer, but it depends.  Most of the time, we charge a flat fee.  Before you make a decision to retain us, you will know down to the penny what it will cost.

Can I talk to you for free to find out whether you might be able to help me?

Absolutely.  The initial conversation with you is conducted on a no-cost, no obligation basis.

Do I need to have a resume?

No.  If you have a relatively current resume, please feel free to forward it to us.  It’s a good way to find out about your background.  But many of our clients have not updated their resume in years and sometimes in decades.  So, if you don’t have an updated resume, you don’t need to create a new one for us to begin working with you.

If I’m Interested, what’s the next step?

Call us at 310.499.4668 or contact us at gideon@scslawcareers.com for a free, no-obligation consultation.