In-house Counsel

How to Get an In-House Counsel Job
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Summary: Why should an attorney go in-house and how can an attorney find in-house counsel job?

For many attorneys, working as in-house counsel is the brass ring. The pay is good, you only have your company as a client, and the lifestyle is more flexible than at a BigLaw firm. But how do you get a coveted in-counsel job? Like job-hunting in any field, you’ll need to stay informed, do your research, and network like crazy. But what are some methods that are specific to finding an in-house gig?

  
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Stay informed by using in-house counsel job sites

While there are job boards such as Indeed or LinkedIn that post attorney positions, they can sometimes be overwhelming because of their broadness. Thankfully, there are attorney-specific job sites such as LawCrossing that have thousands of in-house counsel positions across the country. Users can narrow down their search by salary and level of experience like other job boards, but because Lawcrossing is made for attorneys and other legal professionals, they can also filter their results by practice area.

Additionally, Lawcrossing offers industry information such as in-house counsel salaries and an extensive law firm directory that divides firms up by practice area, cities, and states and shows user reviews of those companies. When it comes to job-hunting, doing your research is important. Nothing turns off a hiring manager more than a generic cover letter and resume that isn’t tailored to the company. With LawCrossing, users have an organized place to start.

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Update your resume

Your resume is a summary of what is important about your work experience, and it should only contain information that is relevant to the position for which you are applying. Most hiring managers and recruiters will make a judgment about you from your resume in just a few seconds, so make sure that you remove all superfluous or unfavorable content. This includes personal information such as your interests and hobbies and especially anything that seems negative towards a former employer.

Work with a specialized service

While you can always apply directly to a position and there are plenty of online boards, LawCrossing Concierge is worth considering if you are serious about landing a well-paying in-house position. For one, this service can save you time by finding positions that match your interests, and they can even assist you in the application process. LawCrossing Concierge will assign you a personal concierge that will search for in-house jobs for you and assist you in applying to them.

Know how much in-house positions pay

Whether you are searching on your own or using LawCrossing Concierge, LawCrossing has an in-house salary guide that breaks down what you can expect to earn by industry, company size, and location.

Why do you think working in-house is desirable? Let us know in the comments below.



 

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