Have been thinking about making a jump from BigLaw to in-house. Everybody I’ve talked to makes it seem like in-house can be just as stressful as BigLaw depending on the size of the company, although obviously not measuring my life in six minute increments would be a huge improvement in and of itself. I’ve also been considering transitioning into a more business-focused role in private equity / startups. Interested to hear people’s takes on both of those. Currently a litigator.

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I also recognize how difficult it is to get offers for either of those roles as a litigator. Let’s assume that that is not an issue. And to provide some context, my biggest reasons for wanting to stay right now is anticipated job security in the event of a downturn.

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Im in house. It's not as stressful as biglaw. You are right that not billing and not worrying about billables reduces stress. However, we are buy ALL the TIME. I'm in corp/securities at a hypergrowth startup. I was in finance prior to law. It is very rare to get into PE in particular without a strong finance background, if you want to be on the investing side. If business/ops, still rare. I went to a top Ivy b-school and many classmates wanted to but could not break into such businesses.

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Good to know. I have a MSF but it is not ivy league. I’m hoping my contacts will bridge that gap but fingers crossed. 

I am in big law in energy and commodities. The in house people I deal with have an infinitely better deal. They make good money and engage more with the business which I like. All of them save two clients have better stress levels and hours than me. The two clients are Amazon and Trafigura

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Amazon 1: dealing with the energy, trade and environmental counsel at AWS

While the work is less demanding, being in house is stressful from a stability perspective, IMO. Your entire position is up to one or two people, you don’t make as much to stash away for emergencies, and finding another job is more difficult.

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I practice in private equity on the Biglaw side. From what I can tell, those L&C people in private funds seems as busy as us.

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