Habeas Corp. lets lawyers skip the middlemen and connect directly with firms and companies looking to hire.
The current headhunter model of legal recruiting keeps the market opaque for lawyers. It produces hassle and drives up costs for employers. Our platform gives lawyers (primarily associates) a no-risk way to test the job market, by allowing them to connect informally with employers, get the inside scoop on opportunities, and only commit to going through a formal application process when it's a mutual fit. It gives employers a way to meet potential candidates, including many who are reluctant to start a formal search through a headhunter.
On Habeas Corp., lawyers have full control over which employers can see their profiles. When a lawyer does connect with an employer and is ready to apply, hiring managers at that employer will guide lawyers through the process. Habeas Corp. consultants will also help lawyers prepare their application materials and get ready for interviews.
We’re a team of lawyers, legal recruiters, and engineers who saw up close how the industry functions (we previously founded a leading recruiting company) and who saw how technology could improve the legal hiring process.
The headhunter model of recruiting no longer makes sense in a digitally connected age. Headhunters often do little more than share job descriptions posted online by firms and companies, and rarely have credible, detailed information about opportunities. We believed that if there were a central location where lawyers and employers could meet, it would transform the way lawyers find jobs.
With this in mind, we started Habeas Corp. in early 2019. In the summer, we began testing it with select firms in the Bay Area. In the winter, we invited lawyers onto the platform for the first time. Habeas Corp. is planning to fully launch in the Bay Area first.