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What do investment professionals at a fund really want from their in-house counsel? I am looking to move in-house at a fund and have always wondered about this.

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My company cut staff to 4 days/wk to save funds. I was getting requests from coworkers for docs needed urgently on our day off (fridays). I would oblige them. But then, I learned that those same cowor… more

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What are some terms to look out for/negotiate in an offer letter other than comp/WFH days? It does have a noncompete clause and equity option. No bonus language though. And how do you know if it’s ev… more

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After 10+ years in Big Law am joining an energy company (oil transportation) in London as Senior Legal Counsel (initially on secondment, with view to a permanent transition). Any tips on how to be the… more

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Got an offer to lateral as a non equity partner, not sure if I should take it since my ultimate goal is to be in house. Does becoming a partner limit in house prospects?

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I’m the only/first attorney at my current company and I’m about to turn in my notice for another job. I’m incredibly nervous about quitting. I think they will be very surprised/caught off guard. They … more

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I’m at a firm now but I’m planning to go in-house later in my career. Is it better for me to specialize or to spend time learning different relevant areas of law? I’m worried about losing marketabilit… more

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Anyone here have book recs about SaaS negotiations/SaaS drafting? Also anything you’d wish you read before taking an in-house attorney role in general? Thank you

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Any tips for negotiating in-house salary (base + bonus (no equity, unfortunately))? NYC mid-level here.

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For in-house counsel roles, does firm prestige matter? For example, would the fact that an applicant is from Sullivan & Cromwell vs, say, White & Case matter at all, or is it much more about … more

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Does anyone have advice on best way to ask for a raise and/or promotion (but care more about money vs. title at the moment)? Currently in legal department w/ 4 lawyers (including CLO) & am younge… more

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Are companies that have publictly stated they will be primary remote work going forward seeing an increased quality of candidates for open in house roles?

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What are things that would make you consider a litigator with significant contract drafting and negotiating experience for a contract analyst role?

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Thoughts on senior associates going in-house and hiring their old firm? Specifically thinking about patent prep/pros work.

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Received verbal offer for position that I’m considering. Assuming I accept, recruiter advised not to give notice until after clearing background check. I have nothing that would come back on that chec… more

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Has anyone lateraled from big law into an in-house role at one of your firm’s clients? I feel like this happens quite a lot and curious how that process went (did you reach out to them, they to you, e… more

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Yesterday a recruiter for a big media company reached out via LinkedIn about a role he was trying to fill. The role aligned with my background and honestly, I felt great that finally I was being poach… more

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Any recommendations on companies with generous paid military leave polices, especially in the health care / life sciences industry? I know a lot of pharma companies do though trying to see what my oth… more

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Still have some student loan left but thinking about going in-house for non-monetary reasons (passion, long term fit, expertise, etc). Any of you regretted going in-house in similar situations?

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Thoughts on reaching out the GC on linked in after applying for a job? I don’t know if it will come off as unprofessional or what I should even say. I would really really like to land an interview.

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What kind of annual stock grants are people seeing at publicly traded companies for counsel vs sr counsel roles?

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Was offered an in-house position and was told I can maintain my current law practice as long as it doesn’t interfere. Has anyone attempted this?

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In house counsel interviews- never worked at in house before. What’s the most important and thoughtful questions to ask interviewers? Public company. Thanks!

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For any San Diego attorneys out there- roughly what TC could one expect in-house in SD for a commercial/contracts/tech attorney with 8 YOE? I’m currently in-house in the Bay Area and trying to get a … more

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Been interviewing and having a hard time feeling qualified for the jobs I’ve applied to. Got to advanced rounds at a few places and been really having imposter syndrome but I’ve never felt it at my la… more

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I prefer transactional law but ended up with a litigation firm out of school (still inside yr 1). Too soon to look for in-house gigs or should I try switching firms first?

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Trying to laterally move to another in house position. At my current company, Counsel is a Manager level position while Senior Counsel is a Director level and General Counsel is Senior Director. Would… more

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How do I ask my GC for a recommendation without giving the impression that I’m job hunting (even though I am)?

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I’m currently in biglaw and interviewing for an in house role. I had an interview with HR where they asked my salary expectations and I basically said I’m flexible but the opportunity is what’s import… more

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Curious & inspired by another post: How many years have you been in your current role and how much time do you spend every week to stay abreast of the area of law you were already familiar with wh… more

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Is anyone starting to see restructuring in their company where senior attorney's are being let go and replaced with more junior attorney's?

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What is the savviest way to defer salary discussions when first speaking with a recruiter?

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Has anyone had any luck with using a recruiter/headhunter to find an in-house position? If so, any recommendations on recruiters?

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Cleared background checks early and new employer asked if I wanted to move the start date up one week. Would it look bad if I said no and kept my original start date that was provided by the new emplo… more

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What areas of legal experience are most helpful to working in-house? Are there particular areas of law you’ve encountered that you wish you knew more about for your role?

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In-house counsel - would you prefer working at a big company specializing in a field of law, eg, privacy, IP, employment, etc, or a small company being a general counsel? Assume the small company has … more

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Someone I don’t know but have mutual connections reached out in LinkedIn about a role he is not qualified for. Do I need to respond? I don’t want to be rude but I don’t know this person and he doesn’… more

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Senior management team recently gave me the green light to obtain a document management system and contract management system. So far, I’ve only looked into the Thomson Reuters product - HighQ. I like… more

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Applying to a remote counsel position for a company where I have no contacts. Is it inappropriate to message someone in the legal department on LinkedIn?

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Any experience of the legal hypotheticals asked by Amazon at the final round (corporate counsel)?

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