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When’s the ideal time to go in house? I’m a sixth year in L&E. I really like my firm but I’m not sure I want to litigate and bill hours for 30 more years. Should I start looking in the next year or two, or wait until I have more experience?

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You’re at the point. Start looking now. It can take a long time (like a year) to find something good, depending how picky you are, and then even harder to find something that’s a mutual good fit.

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3-8th year

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Now. In house generally do not want more experience unless for some reason (and warning if this is the case) they want a 15 yr lawyer from the outside to fix their legal dept.

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Expect it to be a 1-2 year search to find the right fit.

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Sixth is more than enough. Wait much longer and you’ll find yourself in competition with partners which will make things much more difficult, unless you’re willing to accept a role that is below what your experience should land you.

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