Big Law associate careers are fragile, in reality, and a junior being out of work for some months, and especially a full year, no matter what the reason, can make it very difficult to return to a major law firm private practice. A top tier LLM program for a full year provides a solid bridge between lay off or H1-B visa loss and a boom back economy. It keeps your resume “going” in a relevant way. Most hiring partners are impressed with juniors who adapt and show career survival instincts in this way, to be frank.
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Our Asia team at Jowers Vargas will offer any H-1B casualty who is a junior associate at a major firm our representation and career advice until you land back at a major international firm, regardless of how long it takes (and it may take a year or more). We will not be charging our client firms any recruiting fee to submit you to firms, considering the global pandemic crisis. Over the years we have helped many H-1B casualties get job offers in overseas markets, including at top tier US firms, especially in Asia. It’s always a challenge considering that most top firms do in good times accommodate their own H-1B visa lottery losers, further closing up the market for very junior associate lateral hiring, especially in the Asia markets. It is necessary to open your search to include top local firms, as well as consultant positions and other roles that do not pay on the Cravath scale, yet will still keep your international law firm career future very viable. Even in the just completed long run of boom years, H-1B casualties in many cases had to resort to landing in local law firms in their home countries before they could in a year or two land back in an international firm. This year the vast majority of H-1B casualties (who are unable to transfer within their current firms) will not land in US or UK firms unfortunately. We recognize that the timing during the COVID-19 crisis couldn’t be worse, which is why we are suggesting more “outside of the box” solutions such as applying for a Tax LLM.