Trying to make the move to in house but most of my career has been litigation in various areas of law. I am trying to pick up some transactional work to get more experience. I am a quick learner and have no doubt I can move into more in house areas but it’s so hard to even get an interview to explain. Very few entry level jobs when I graduated and now can only get jobs in the stuff I don’t want to do anymore.

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I realize it’s easy to say and hard to do, but I just went through exactly this, as a fourth year coming from a niche litigation practice and wanting to go in house, and not wanting to do disputes anymore. Took me 1.5 years and truly about 300 applications to make the jump. A couple of thoughts:
- Don’t get discouraged. Now that I’ve made the move, all the effort and frustration was totally worthwhile.
- See if there are intermediate steps you can take to get relevant skills - helping out the transitional groups in your firm, moving to a smaller firm and taking a pay cut for a year to try to get the right skills, etc.
- Figure out what experience you have that you can spin to be relevant to in house stuff. Eg if you’ve done a lot of IP lit and want to do IP transactions in house, draft your resume to talk about how you’ve seen, analyzed, advised on IP partnerships and relationships. That framing makes you look more relevant to in house roles even if your experience is more on the lit side.

Not sure if I can be of any help, but happy to chat more if you DM me.

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Yeah. I have been doing more and more employment related stuff and trying to pick up more transactional employment related stuff. I am open to in house insurance litigation work too, those jobs just don’t come up too often.

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