Career Transitions: From Law Firm to In-House and, Possibly, Back Again
Valerie Fontaine, Partner, Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith, USA
Many law firm lawyers hope, at some point in their legal careers, to move in-house with a corporate law department. Often they seek to eliminate the pressure to develop business, abandon the hassles of timesheets, work fewer hours or at least gain more control over their work schedules, increase job security, do work that more directly advances a company’s goals, and, perhaps eventually, move from the legal function to the business side of a company. When the economic outlook is good, the lure of stock options also is an important factor. How do these rosy perceptions of life inside a corporation’s law department compare to reality? Transitioning from a law firm to in-house is a big career decision. Therefore, before embarking upon such a move, the wise lawyer considers all of the ramifications.
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