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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every week.


Q: I have a question about getting back into law firm practice.

Last year, during the mass layoffs, I was, unfortunately, one of the many who lost their job from a top law firm. I graduated from a top 4 law school, and also received a masters in public policy at the same time. Prior to joining a law firm, and immediately after law school, I worked for the Department of Justice. Since being laid off, I took the time to pursue non-law-related activities, including traveling, as well as other pursuits.

Now, after about a year, I am looking to rejoin a firm. Any advice?

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