At some point in attorneys’ careers, they are bound to ask themselves the proverbial question: Is the grass greener on the other side? Should I have taken the bar in a different state? Is the legal market in State X better suited to my skill set? Do I have greater potential for advancement if I practice in State Y?

For many attorneys, asking these questions is simply part of analyzing their careers from a goal-oriented position — a sort of personal due diligence. However, whether you are a junior associate, a partner-track member of a prospering law firm or a shareholder in a flourishing practice, the statistical data is increasingly clear that the answer to these questions might be “Yes.” How attorneys approach the myriad decisions that need to be made when choosing to practice law elsewhere can make or break a legal career.

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