The city of New York is probably the most powerful market for legal services, and to many young attorneys it is one of the ultimate career locations. So, it is not surprising that at any given time, a good number of lawyers can be found seeking in-house litigation attorney jobs in New York City, as such jobs offer both financial security and work-life balance in a location, where career growth can be endless, but getting a foot in is tougher than anywhere else.
However, for litigation attorneys going in-house, the prospects are good enough in NYC, as the number of jobs on this page on LawCrossing will convince you.
For an in-house litigation attorney, court work is a must, and to gain admission to the bars in New York, he or she needs to comply with the provisions of Part 522 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. The part was added to the rules in 2011, after all three local bar associations, the New York County Lawyer’s Association, the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association submitted a joint petition to facilitate the registration of in-house counsel.
Interestingly, and unlike many other such rules in different states for the registration of in-house attorneys, the rules in New York give a definition of who is to be considered an in-house counsel.
According to that definition, “An in-house counsel is an attorney who is employed full time in this State by a non-governmental corporation, partnership, association, or other legal entity, including its subsidiaries and organizational affiliates, that is not itself engaged in the practice of law or the rendering of legal services outside such organization.”
The rules of registering in-house counsel in New York are also broad in that besides allowing reciprocity, any attorney admitted to practice in the highest law court in any other state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia may also gain admission to the NYC bar as in-house counsel. Of course, other conditions like personal affidavits confirming in-house status and corresponding certification from employer also need to be fulfilled.
Besides the requirements mentioned above, an applicant has to bear the burden of proving moral fitness and providing a certificate of good standing and no-objection from relevant authorities in the jurisdiction where the applicant is enrolled as a member of the bar.
Despite the expected hardships of initial career growth, the numbers of in-house litigation attorneys in New York City continue growing unabated because of the huge scope of realizing one’s potentials.
New York has more than 1100 corporate law departments, 45 Fortune 500 companies and an ever-increasing number of foreign companies seeking to establish their presence and operations in USA. Stepping from an in-house position to a law firm is also not difficult for a litigation attorney, as the city has at least 2000 law firms, which include litigation within their registered practice areas.
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