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Old 02-05-2008, 01:50 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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hey everyone. i'm a 25 year old male looking to finally get out of new england and move south. i work as an attorney, so i would like to remain near a relatively big city, but do not mind some commute. i have lived in boston my whole life, but have ALWAYS wanted to get south. Problem is WHERE? Most people recommend DC as it will not be such a culture shock, but I am also considering ATLANTA. I have zero ties to New England, so I'm open to any suggestions. Maybe VIRGINIA? NORTH CAROLINA? FLORIDA? What cities should I focus my search on? I love the outdoors, play all sports, but also like being near a city. im open to most political/social climatesm, and I dont mind hot weather at all. Any help would be great!!
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:42 PM
Location: Roanoke VA
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Default Tough Move

I think DC would be a good move for you, coming from Boston. The area in
northern VA has a little bit of a southern feel although its highly educated and cosmopolitan now. Its a short drive to the rest of the state and the accents and fried chicken signs start to pop up along the highway. NC is definately the South with a Baptist church on just about every corner. They are still trying to figure out why so many "yankees" have discovererd their state. If you read the NC threads on here you will notice generally Carolinians are not too welcoming of northerners, unless you don't force your culture on them! Its very strange for someone moving to this region to understand but hey, its a big country! I would suggest you take it slow and try the South and don't let it overwhelm you or discourage you. Coming from Boston is going to be a big adjustment at first but be patient. Living in the South does have its advantages!!
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:07 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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There are several large law firms in Richmond where you could likely land a job, but I'm not sure if that's on your radar.

Just a few of the big firms:
Williams Mullen (broken link)
Troutman Sanders LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Hirschler Fleischer - Attorneys at Law - Home Page
Hunton & Williams
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:17 AM
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I would suggest using a headhunter to search positions for you. Don't move anywhere without a job! See where the opportunities are, then decide among them. Make sure you visit the areas in person. That is how we landed in Roanoke. If you're a city person and really liked the amenities of Boston, Roanoke may seem too small for you.

I agree, you may want to check out DC, Atlanta, perhaps Raleigh and Richmond too. Charleston, SC is a great southern city too! I've also lived near Jacksonville, FL and thought that it was a pretty nice city. (And I'm originally from New England, fairly close to Boston).
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:49 PM
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I actually live in Boston now. If you like cities, DC is the best, and Northern Virginia.
The cities in the rest of Virginia, like Norfolk, are a dissapointment. It's glorified suburban sprawl, not much of a city.
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