Ed. observe: That is the most recent installment in a sequence of posts from Lateral Link’s workforce of professional contributors. Matt Rosenberg is a Director primarily based within the New York workplace the place he focuses on advising and inserting associates in legislation corporations and in-house counsel positions in New York and throughout Canada. Matt holds a J.D. from the College of Ottawa and an undergraduate diploma from McGill College. Matt practiced as a company/business and actual property lawyer on Bay Road previous to changing into a authorized recruiter. Matt is captivated with connecting consumer’s distinctive wants with the fitting candidate. In his spare time, Matt participates in Ironman Triathlon competitions, having competed in each Ironman Mt. Tremblant and Ironman Lake Placid.
Again in Could 2016, I examined how and why Canadian and American attorneys contemplate changing into expats. Quite a bit has occurred for the reason that first installment of “Oh Canada! Lateral Moves to And From Our Northern Neighbors,” and it’s time for a sequel!
In Half II, I’ll sort out a few of the questions I proceed to obtain from candidates considering a transfer cross-border. Particularly, I clarify what the method entails, establish potential hurdles, and clarify the way to overcome them to land the perfect job.
Query: Are U.S. legislation corporations nonetheless hiring Canadians? Resounding YES!
Over the previous two years, I’ve seen an increase in Am Legislation 100 corporations opening their doorways to Canadian legal professionals. Recruiting a star midlevel affiliate has change into more and more troublesome, and lots of legislation corporations have turned to Canadian candidates to fill the void.
Canadian legal professionals coming into the U.S. authorized market ought to count on their graduating class yr to be pared down. The variety of class years subtracted from a given candidate will depend upon the particular particular person and their expertise. Usually, my junior candidates take a haircut of 1-2 years, whereas my senior candidates are rather less predictable, as their prior work expertise extra strongly dictates their awarded class yr.
As I mentioned in Half 1, candidates are anticipated to be admitted within the jurisdiction to which they’re relocating. Nevertheless, it’s price nothing that Canadian JD’s will not be eligible to sit down for the bar in all 52 U.S. states. Consequently, it’s essential to seek the advice of with the related State Bar Affiliation to find out your eligibility, as this is usually a main hurdle when making use of for a job within the U.S.
Superb Time to Transfer
There isn’t any “ultimate” time to maneuver. I’ve positioned candidates in each buoyant and harder market situations. Nevertheless, in my expertise, senior legal professionals with 3-6 years of expertise have extra luck discovering jobs than legal professionals junior to them. This could not dissuade junior legal professionals from making use of to jobs, however they could discover the method tougher and/or time consuming.
Format of CV and the Deal Sheet
U.S. legislation corporations like a easy, one-page CV. Right here, much less is extra. I strongly suggest making a deal sheet that highlights your substantive expertise. Not all U.S. legislation corporations are conversant with Canadian faculties and universities or their “grading techniques.” In some instances, they could additionally not be conversant in sure Canadian legislation corporations. Consequently, it’s pivotal that you’ll be able to spotlight that you’ve got the fitting expertise for a task.
Visas and Immigration
American and Canadian attorneys routinely qualify for the TN visa. Whereas that is nothing new, it’s price noting that the visa is granted beneath the NAFTA settlement. That is materials given President Trump’s unsure place in direction of NAFTA. This has created some anxiousness over the continued availability of the TN visa; though, it has not deterred corporations from hiring Canadian attorneys beneath TN standing.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding U.S. immigration, I’ve seen an growing variety of corporations hiring Canadian legal professionals on the TN visa and subsequently making use of for an H1-B visa on their behalf shortly thereafter. Moreover, corporations at the moment are extra amenable to making use of for a inexperienced card on behalf of their current Canadian associates, understanding there is perhaps a threat of dropping an legal professional to a agency that shall be keen to undertake the inexperienced card course of for them.
Excellent news for all! Salaries in each markets have elevated over the previous two years. Nevertheless, there isn’t any denying the rise is extra important within the U.S. market. Only a few weeks in the past, Milbank shocked the market by growing affiliate salaries. Many of the Am Legislation 100 corporations adopted go well with. Consequently, there may be a fair higher discrepancy in salaries at this time than there was in 2016 as between salaries from a Biglaw legal professional within the U.S. vs. Canada. In reality, a midlevel affiliate in New York will make twice as a lot as midlevel in Canada, when factoring within the alternate fee.
Query: Are Canadian Corporations Searching for U.S.-qualified Attorneys? Resounding YES!
The largest hurdle for U.S. certified attorneys seeking to transfer north of the border is the daunting NCA course of. As I mentioned in Half 1, every U.S. legal professional should change into accredited by the Canadian Federation of Legislation Societies (also referred to as the NCA). Following this accreditation, they will sit for the provincial bar examination. This course of is tedious and time-consuming, however is unquestionably doable.
In uncommon circumstances, corporations will contemplate candidates who haven’t accomplished the method. Nevertheless, these candidates typically have superior credentials.
Understanding the Market
I can’t stress sufficient the significance of understanding the authorized market previous to beginning the method. Selecting a agency as a result of a buddy can submit your CV is just not an strategy I like to recommend. In my view, it’s extra vital to discover a agency that’s professionally and culturally the most effective match for you. I’m typically approached by candidates in search of a change after touchdown at a agency as a result of they aren’t the fitting match for a task. I strongly suggest working with somebody with a deep understanding of the market you’re coming from and the market you search to enter. Will probably be most beneficial in your search. Good luck!
In case you have any questions on making a transfer to Canada or the U.S. be happy to drop me a observe at [email protected]
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