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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are some of the most common methods used to obtain an in-house position?
    • Networking
    • Clients you currently handle
    • Legal recruiters

  • Does an in-house position equal better hours?
    • Not necessarily – just because you're in-house doesn't mean you'll have a 9-5 job, but it can.
    • Legal departments often are staffed minimally, so there is often plenty of work for the small group.

  • What are some disadvantages to an in-house position?
    • Only working for one client – which means you must keep that client happy.
    • Often, you don't have as much support staffing as you did in private practice. For example, you may not have a paralegal and might only have one assistant that serves the entire department.

  • Should you expect a better salary by making the move in-house?
    • No. More often, you can expect a pay cut up front.
    • Depending on the company size, however, you may have an opportunity to receive stock options, bonuses, carried interests, etc. and you may receive employee benefits that are as good or better than those offered in private practice (e.g., many companies offer 401(k) matching, which is virtually nonexistent in private practice).

  • Is it easy for a recent law graduate to obtain a non-legal position?
    • Not necessarily. Companies often think law graduates are over-qualified for entry level positions, but under-qualified for management.
    • A company may also be hesitant to spend time and effort training a candidate, only to see that candidate leverage this training for another company.

  • What kind of pay can an attorney expect for an entry level non-legal position?
    • Pay varies widely, but you might expect a salary between $40,000 - $65,000.

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