- On July 25, 2016
When companies want to hire in-house counsel, they usually want attorneys with prior in-house experience. So how do you go in-house without first being in-house? Here are 4 ways.
- Do a secondment through your firm. Employers presume that by sitting with a client, you have learned how to advise business people effectively. That way when you go in-house, the ramp-up is minimal. Also, the bigger the name of the company for your secondment, the more your experience is valued – the company had its pick of lawyers and chose you, and you had to counsel on cutting-edge issues.
- Join a client. They already know how you work and can see the immediate value you add, so they don’t need to train you on their business model or communication style.
- Be known for your subject matter expertise. I have had clients relax the prior in-house requirement for someone who is a known expert.
- Get recommended. To fill openings, employers will first ask people they know for recommendations. If someone in their circle of trust refers you, you have a good shot of at least a courtesy interview.