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Researching Your Career

This guide offers tips on locating resources to research law firms, judges, and companies to prepare for your interviews.

Introduction

Because many transactional practices do not involve work that ends up in being made public through court or administrative agency filings, it can be challenging to locate detailed information on a law firm's transactional practice and clients. The Boston College Law Library has a number of tools that can help you locate information on a firm or individual's attorneys transactional work and assist in researching firms and preparing for an interview. You can learn about these tool and watch short videos on how to use them by browsing the topics below.

Locating a Firm's Transactional Work Product

Using the research tools below, you can locate and review a firm's transactional work product. You can also search for work product prepared by a particular attorney to learn more about an interviewer's practice. These tools provide search filters that allow you to determine which industries and clients a particular firm or attorney represents. Reviewing these materials will provide a deeper understanding of the firm's practice areas.

Bloomberg Law's Transactional Precedents Tool - this tool helps you to research all filings made on behalf of a law firm's public company clients. Drawing on documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Bloomberg Law provides search features such as filters to aid you in reviewing which types of transactional work a firm or attorney performs, as well as the types of clients the firm or attorney serves.  Watch a short video on using Bloomberg Analytics for law firm research.
Intelligize's Agreements & Other Exhibits allows you to search filings made with the SEC to identify a law firm's transactional work product in order to identify a firm's clients and gain insight into its practices. Watch a short video on using Lexis Intelligize for law firm research.

Law Firm Deal Representation & League Tables

The research tools below can help you identify a law firm's representative transactions to provide you with information on a firm's transactional clients and practices. League tables can provide you with information on the volume of work a law firm handles in relation to its peers and help you get a better understanding of the firm.  

Bloomberg Law's Transactional Intelligence Center has two resources to help you identify a law firm representative transactions, Bloomberg League Tables and Deal Analytics databases. Both resources will provide information on a law firm's M&A and debt and equity offerings. Watch a short video on using the Bloomberg Law Transactional Intelligence Center.
ALM Legal Compass provides information on a law firm's revenues and hiring but can also be used to research a law firm's transactional practice and clients. Watch a short video on using ALM Legal Compass for researching a law firm's transactional practice.

 

Current News & Law Firm Publications

Current News Law360 is a news source covering law firms, partners, and their major cases or clients. You can access Law360 by using your Lexis log-in. Once logged in, use the product switcher tool (the checkerboard icon in the upper left side of screen) to select Law360. Use the open search box to enter the name of your firm or attorney of interest. Watch a quick video demonstrating how to use Law360.
Law Firm Publications

Law firms publish a wide variety of materials including client alerts, law firm memos and blogs. Reading these materials can help you prepare for an interview by identifying the firm's areas of expertise and current legal trends and issues. You can locate these materials by browsing the firm's website but if you want to focus on particular issues or practice areas, the Intelligize Law Firm Memos database allows you to quickly and efficiently identify the publications most relevant to you.  Watch a short video on using Intelligize to locate firm publications.

 

Attorney Profiles

Lexis+It can often be more challenging to locate profiles of some transactional attorneys because their work is not made public in court or SEC filings. However, the Lexis Litigation Profile Suite does gather information on transactional attorneys and present it in a single, easy to review report. Material available in the profile report includes biographical information along with administrative agency and court filings as well as both general and legal news stories involving the attorney. Watch a short video on using the the Lexis Litigation Profile Suite.