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In-House Counsel: Sound Interesting?

Many lawyers and law students express interest in eventually working for a corporation as in-house counsel. The attraction of this type of position is premised on satisfying work and a long-term relationship with a single client (and no client development responsibilities) combined with more "reasonable" hours. A recent New York Times article, "The Lure of the In House Job", (NYT, 6/16/06) explores this phenomenon. It can be found at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/16/business/16legal.html

Whatever the advantages of working in house, remember that being the only lawyer in the room carries burdens as well as boons. You still need to be a solid lawyer, but you also need to think much more clearly about your client's needs as a business.