I am seeking advice on my first job as a lawyer out of law school. Fortunately, I received offers for an in-house position and with a law firm in their corporate department. The salary for the in-house position is $110k and $170k for the position at the firm. I have 2 questions.
(1) is it detrimental to my legal career if I go in house first; I hear there is no better training than firms. (2) how long can I wait until I respond to my offer from the law firm? Thank you!

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Go to the firm? See more (learn more?) and get paid more.

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Definitely go to the firm. $60k difference is a big deal. Learn way more at the law firm as well, just try not to get boxed into a specific practice area unless you already know what you want to do.

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Firm.

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In house will probably have better work life balance. I’m in big law corporate now and very unhappy and trying to get in house. Most people I know are trying to go the in house route from a firm too.

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If you go in house now, it will take you forever to get up tge salary curve. Take the firm offer. In house will always be there later.

Go to the firm. Easy pick, at least from the details you listed.

Pick the firm and look to move in house after you stack some cash and skills.

1. No, but I don't see why you would to be honest, 2. I take it you didn't get a deadline? I wouldn't wait much longer than a week

Firm, then go back in house after you learn the ropes and pocketed the extra change.

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