Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

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Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:47 pm

Rising 2L here, I'm graduating without debt and I have non-legal F500 options open. Does biglaw typically drop you in a manager + pay bucket when you go in house, or is it similar to what MBAs get straight out?

I'm really questioning whether I want to do biglaw or not.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby swampman » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:55 pm

If you're questioning whether you want to do biglaw you probably don't want to do biglaw. Take the non-legal option.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby minnbills » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:06 pm

If your end goal is to go in-house, you should just do that now rather than work in law before. Even if there is a pay bump (which who knows?) you'd be better served just working your way up and not wasting time elsewhere.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby TTTooKewl » Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:15 pm

The above is contrary to some of the advice I've been given. Are either of you in-house?

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby Cobretti » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:21 pm

TTTooKewl wrote:The above is contrary to some of the advice I've been given. Are either of you in-house?

+1

I've basically been told career in house lawyers hit a glass ceiling because they don't get exposure to the kinds of bet the company scenarios that you would need your GC to have.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby swampman » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:45 pm

I don't think he's asking about going directly in-house, but whether to take a non-legal job vs biglaw.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby jbagelboy » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:56 pm

What do you mean by non-legal?

Most exit ops inhouse from biglaw are still "legal". If you actually want to do accounting or finance or HR or sales, then don't go to law school/a law firm.

If you think you might ever want to use your JD in the commercial space by actually being an attorney, inhouse or otherwise, I'd recommend doing a 2L SA at a firm

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby Cobretti » Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:08 pm

swampman wrote:I don't think he's asking about going directly in-house, but whether to take a non-legal job vs biglaw.

my bad, looks like you're right. op seems to be using in-house a little broadly.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:40 pm

I'm referring to in house in the legal sense. I'm a rising 2L and my non-legal options will most likely want me to graduate. Non-compliance/legally based. Mainly B-school kids though.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby minnbills » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:36 pm

Ok I misunderstood you the first time.

I guess you have to figure out if you want to work in law or not, first.

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby BizBro » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:23 am

It's not legal or compliance based? What kind of role is it specifically then? Biz development / strategy?

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Re: Does biglaw have an acceleration effect to your career(assume in house)?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:07 am

BizBro wrote:It's not legal or compliance based? What kind of role is it specifically then? Biz development / strategy?


M&A finance side. I guess it theoretically is JD advantage since you file alot of LOIs and NDAS in addition to structuring some agreements.




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