Category Archives: Making the Transition

Navigating In-house Career Roadblocks

Despite the many perks of working in-house, there is one big negative: very little room at the top. Corporate law departments tend to be relatively flat organizationally and advancement depends on a number of factors mostly out of an ambitious lawyer’s control, such as the size and structure of the department, the age of its…
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So Long, Farewell, to You and You and You

Leaving your current law firm or legal department, like the lyrics to “So Long, Farewell” from “Sound of Music”, means bidding adieu to many people.  Although you may wish to give notice only once and get it over with, you need to apprise all appropriate parties and in the right order.  Meanwhile, keep any hint…
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Two Weeks’ Notice: Enough or Too Much?

The conventional wisdom calling for two weeks’ notice before leaving a job does not always hold true for attorneys. If you are a law firm partner, you may have signed an agreement calling for much longer notice; conversely, you may be ushered out the door immediately. For all attorneys from associate to partner, client interests…
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Encountering Counter Offers

Counter offers often are made by employers so that you will leave the firm on your current employer's terms, not yours. Counter offers only come into play when you have threatened to leave or given notice of your termination. Employers do not like to be "fired" (no one likes rejection), so a counter offer can…
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