Just to preface, I’m new here and have found so many of your posts and responses helpful. Thank you in advance for any pointers on the below.

My first position post-bar is an in-house position. I have had an excellent experience developing my business sense, executing a breadth of commercial transactions, and learning the ins and outs of in-house. However, I think a more traditional law firm experience would benefit my growth this early on. I’m entering my 2nd year. Any thoughts?

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The lateral market is insane. Connect with recruiters and vet the potential firms like crazy. If you like your gig - be careful where you lateral and make sure you understand hours expectations. Also, many firms are pretty bad on the training front so if that’s a motivating factor for you, be up front and dig into that point in interviews. Don’t lead with it, but def inquire of each interviewer so you get the most accurate picture possible.

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Agree with this. A friend was promised lots of training and got none at mid-size firm. She felt lied to and wasn’t a positive experience, so ver the firms and specific boss as best as possible.

Use your success as counsel in-house to leverage a good salary and if you can convince the company to use you as of - counsel or something similar, even better.

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Look at your company's outside counsel. Ask them for a job? 🤷🏽‍♀️

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To add to the above: I really have had a positive experience and love what I do, but I feel that training wise I might be missing out. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to leverage my experience when interviewing or applying for firm positions? I’m looking at first-year and second-year positions in the following practice areas: real estate transactions, corporate/biz, project finance, M&A, tech transactions, etc. Thank you!

Where’s your location? My firm has a rep for being good for training but honestly I don’t think it’s good (but I guess it’s better than others)

There are more training sessions at firms than in house, but I think you are also often too overwhelmed or busy to attend them. A lot, if not all, of the learning that big law attorneys do just comes from trial by fire and the volume of work…

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Have you tried talking to your current employer about your training needs? I'd try to work something out with them before jumping ship to a firm. I had a DEEP discussion during an interview with a firm about my need for training. We agreed on a plan and then day 1 I learned it was all a lie. Thankfully I was able to lateral to a government job where I'm getting all the training I want.

Honestly, that's your best bet. Once you have billables at a firm getting one-on-one training time is hard if you aren't lucky enough to have a mentor who is willing to develop you. As a former HR person, it used to drive me nuts when we'd lose good talent because the employee wasn't speaking up about their needs. Give them a chance to change. If they don't, then leave.

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I just did lateraled from an in house position to a large firm mostly for that same reason! I made the move to a large firm for real estate. I had familiarity with it prior to my in house role when I was a law clerk so that’s helped me not feel as lost. Based on the comments here though I lucked out with the mentorship this firm does and the partners willingness to go over any and every question (the paralegals too) of mine, but agree with others to be very upfront about what you’re looking for.

Feel free to DM me!

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