Raj M. Nichani 2014-01-29 23:47:58
Moving From Private Practice to In-House Moving from being a private practice attorney to an in-house attorney has been labeled as a more low key job (than a private practice position) and a relief from the hectic hours a private practice attorney works. However, with more demands on attorneys, the myth of moving to in-house and expecting it to be more relaxed may not be as true as you would perceive. In-house attorneys are a critical part of the operation of companies, and still have a workload typical to any other attorney. Before deciding on making the move, here is some information and a few key points to think about prior to moving to an in-house job from private practice. Keep in mind that every company is different and that with the right recruiter and proper company research you can find your dream job. In-house attorneys tend to have shorter, independent work hours, a relaxed work environment, no time sheets or billings, and the chance to become involved in the company. Unlike private practice, you will be exposed to a lot of different practice areas of law rather than specializing in one area in private practice. Also, going in-house requires an attorney to pull from more skills sets, such as: drafting and legal knowledge, as well as personal and character skill sets since they deal with many employees of diverse backgrounds. In-house attorneys are more involved with the direct operation of the business they work for; they have considerable influence over the decisions, strategies and overall direction made for a business. Being able to provide both excellent legal work and a business-oriented mindset is essential for this position. Unlike private practice where they serve as more of an adviser, in-house attorneys directly inform senior management what is best for the company and what not to do. When looking to move in to an in-house position, it is important to consider what type, size and sector of a company you would like to work for. It is also important to think of the most ideal time to move. Typically, a suitable time for an attorney to move to an in-house position is when they have five to seven years of experience at a law firm. By this time, attorneys have gained skills and needed experience to move forward in their careers. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to pursue an in-house career. You should be prepared to take a pay cut in exchange for the potential to work less hours. The market has an influx of people who want to go in-house therefore they can be picky and offer a less competitive salary. You should also prepare yourself for a very competitive and lengthy interview process. The interview rounds often take four to six months before a hire is made. I am not discouraging the jump, but cautioning because the transition is not easy and to return to a law firm is a challenge, but I have helped people do it before. Another thing to consider before you make a move is once you go in-house you lose the opportunity to network and grow your book of business. There is a good and bad to every potential move you could make, so take all of this with a grain of salt. At the same time, it could be the best move of your life and you could find yourself in the job of your dreams on the path to a happy and prosperous career. At the end of the day that is my wish for everyone! Raj M. Nichani, Esq. is the president of RMN Global Search, a full-service legal search company specializing in the permanent and temporary placement of legal attorneys with law firms and corporate legal departments. Raj and his team are dedicated to placing the highest quality candidates based on their own unique needs. The legal recruiting company was recently named the 13th top legal recruiting company in the nation by LawCrossing. You can reach Raj at (678) 842-5855, or by email at raj@rmnglobalsearch. com or by visiting www.rmnglobalsearch.com for updated job postings and further information on the recruiting process.
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