In-House Counsel

2015 grad, straight inhouse to Fortune 50, now at another multinat doing tech transactions. I love tech, data... but am bored and doing repetitive work. Is this how inhouse is? Repetition?

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Appreciate it. It’s better than billing 2400 a year for less than 6 figures.

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I'm not complaining about work/life. I'm just wondering if this is how it is over the long term and whether I should move on, go to the biz side or something else. It's about career management, ski dev and intellectual engagement.

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Maybe try to move out of transactions? I’m in-house doing privacy/cyber work and I’m not a huge fan of the contract side of my job but it’s only 20% the rest of the work I do is interesting and intellectually challenging plus I get to learn a lot about the business.

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Join a promising start up that just went through their series A or B and is looking for their first lawyer. That's where you'll really be challenged.

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Sounds as if you are at the beginning of your career path and perhaps it is time to explore the next step. That may not mean leaving your current employer but perhaps exploring other opportunities within its business. When I was in house, I spent a couple years in the audit department. I learned that I was definitely not suited for accounting/auditing work but also developed some risk assessment skills, learned about the 3 levels of defense, and received invaluable opportunities to travel abroad and work with international colleagues. I also developed skillsets that were beyond transactions and discovered the ability to broach difficult conversations with the goal of generating results as opposed to simply winning points/issues. So, I learned I was not an auditor but developed some invaluable skills and lessons that serve me well today. I am wondering if similar opportunities might be present to assist you. It seems too early in your career for you to be bored.

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Fortune 300 for me and I don’t have that issue at all. I guess it depends on the company. At mine, legal has no special power because it’s legal. As a result we’re not viewed as a necessary transaction point. Instead, relationships are everything and becoming a trusted business advisor means more than just legal advice: it’s strategy on negotiation tactics, it’s brainstorming business solutions, it’s training and education, etc. etc. the better I became at developing and fostering these relationships, the more I went from transactional contract jockey to legal business partner. Then I started to get brought in on the juicy ground floor, and while my thoughts came with a grain of salt since I’m not business, having a history of providing sound business advice which takes the legal into account meant that at least I had a seat and a voice (even if no one pays attention to that voice).

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This sounds like a dream. Congrats

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In house is usually where ppl go to relax, not to be challenged.

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That was my experience and I left.

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