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Law Firm
Associate Recruiting

At E.P. Dine, we specialize in crafting exceptional legal teams that drive success for your law firm. Our team recognizes that the selection of law firm associates, including junior, mid-level, and senior associates, is integral to the growth and prosperity of your practice. With a deep-rooted understanding of the national legal industry and a keen awareness of the distinct demands that law firms face, we navigate the intricate landscape of law firm associate recruitment with precision and insight.

Diverse practice

Our legal recruitment team partners with junior through senior associates ready for change. We have helped thousands of attorneys in their law careers achieve associate, counsel, and partner positions with AmLaw 100 and 200 firms, as well as established and upstart boutique clients. Our expertise includes law firm associate recruiting, lateral partner recruiting, in-house counsel recruiting, and general counsel searches. We also pride ourselves on our team-oriented approach; in working with E.P. Dine, you benefit from the collective expertise and skill of our entire firm.

Market expertise

We are experts in law firm talent acquisition, and the nuanced distinctions between peer firm practices. Our legal recruiters have a wide network of firm contacts -- partners, recruiters, alumni and business development professionals -- and benefit from their insight into firm hiring trends, “hot practice areas," core values and work styles, exit opportunities, and prospects for partnership. As the go-to search partner for many prominent firms, we are also often engaged to conduct exclusive, bespoke searches on their behalf. If you are searching for a new associate for your law firm, our team can help you find the right associate for the role.

Industry relationships

Our team prioritizes getting to know each candidate on an individual level -- their personal and professional career motivations, as well as their prior work experience and skill set. We advise our candidates on the benefits and potential risks of moving laterally, and which firms may offer the best path for advancement in their legal careers. Every candidate’s situation is unique, and we help them tailor a roadmap to match their individual and professional development goals.

“I've worked with E.P. Dine for many years, both as a candidate and a client. E.P. Dine has consistently provided me with excellent advice and service. They go to great lengths to understand their client's needs and work hard to match the right candidate to the opportunity. They are a trusted and valuable resource and I highly recommend them.”

Deirdre Stanley
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Law Firm Associate Recruiting FAQs

Associates at law firms have varied salary ranges, influenced by factors such as firm size, location, and practice area. At the top-tier AmLaw 100 firms, salaries can range from $225,000 for first-year associates to $435,000 for eighth-year associates, with the previously listed factors significantly impacting compensation levels.

E.P. Dine offers comprehensive guidance throughout the interview process, particularly when legal professionals are ready for a career change. This support often leads to advancement opportunities for lawyers. E.P. Dine's approach helps associates strategically navigate their careers, aligning with individual passions, strengths, and aspirations.

Legal recruiters at E.P. Dine focus on several key qualifications when scouting for prospective law firm associates. These include scholastic achievements (schools attended, GPA, activities), professional achievements (career progress post-law school), and practice area focus. Considering their holistic profile, E.P. Dine's evaluation process is tailored to match candidates with suitable law firms.