So, You Want to Go In-House?

From the Experts

, Corporate Counsel


Many law firm lawyers yearn to move in-house with a corporate law department. However, to successfully make this move, you must understand how the ideal in-house candidate profile differs from that for most law firms, and how best to present yourself as such a candidate in an interview.

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  • David LLoyd

    Succinct and helpful - my experience in a boutique business law firm of litigating business issues, doing tax planning, and securities work was invaluable for working in-house, both in a large corporate legal department, and later as the sole attorney and as general counsel for development companies, back to large law firm specialty practice group, and then returning to general counsel positions. I do value high academic credentials for in-house attorneys, but will substitute unique practice experience for law review experience in choosing staff attorneys.

  • Elaine Makris Williams

    Excellent article -- and something I will recommend to all of our candidates who want to practice in-house. Well done, Valerie!

  • Bob

    I agree-- excellent article. Like Harris, I have been on both sides (both in-house and outside counsel) and wish I knew and understood all of the points above before I interviewed for in-house positions. I am going to send this article to friends looking to go in-house. Thanks!

  • Harris

    Excellent article. I've been in- and out-house--two rotations--and the most salient points from my experience are [1] the "generalist" expectations, particularly in smaller departments, and [2] the ability and willingness to make specific judgment calls/ recommendations. The second seems to be particularly difficult for younger lawyers, trained by firms to avoid anything resembling a "business decision."

  • Graciela Villanueva

    Great article. I have just been tasked with recruiting in-house council and this article has given me a good sense of the the kinds of questions I need to ask potential candidates interested in the position. Any thoughts on where I might be able to go to find people interested in an in-house counsel position?

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