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I started my first in-house role about 4 months ago and I don’t think it’s the right fit. I love the no billable hours aspect, but otherwise I miss the structure of being at a firm. How long do you think I should try to stick this out before I move on? I want to give the job a real shot - and i know the transition to in-house can be jarring…but I also don’t want to spend too much time in a job that is a wrong fit.

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Give it at least one full year.

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I’ll take your place 😂 I hate firm structure - it’s ridiculous

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On a more constructive note, I’ve heard that working at a larger business can be more structured and more law firm analogous. If you decide to move on from this role, upsizing the company you work at could be a solid option.

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I’m not sure that’s true. I work at a massive company with a huge legal department and while we have some of the structure of a law firm (in house paralegals, techs for discovery, assistants, huge travel department, etc.) the work is so different. Except for contracting attorneys, most in house lawyers aren’t doing the heavy lifting or in the weeds like you would be at a firm. And honestly you wouldn’t want to be because you don’t have the manpower to do that, you have to rely on outside counsel and your role is to strategize at a high level, answer softer business/legal questions, etc. i get missing firm life but going to a bigger company won’t necessarily fix that problem, unless you have no outside counsel budget in which case I would RUN because that company will be unrealistic and expect you to be a generalist solo practitioner dealing with major corporate legal issues.

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Probing here...What do you mean by the "structure" of being at a firm?

I see...yeah that all of those things can be a hard adjustment, esp in a post-COVID world where you're probably WFH and don't have the same social aspect and connection to the brand/organization overall that you would if you were in office. I wish I had advice for you besides "you'll adjust" or "maybe a different in hoise setting would be better", but that's all I got. It is an adjustment, but hopefully once you can manage and once you see how you can do other things in life (omg hobbies!), that'll make some of the downsides of in-house life more tolerable.

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