You are a Junior Lawyer with Ambitions to Work In-House: What Next?

Alicia Molony, Legal Search Consultant

An in-house legal career presents many opportunities for young, talented lawyers. The exposure to more varied and interesting work, greater responsibility, commercial acumen and the ability to contribute to an organisation’s success on a deep level, are all key drivers for most lawyers wanting to move in-house.

Right now, there is a lot of uncertainty in the world and understandably, you may be feeling slightly disheartened at the prospects of transitioning to an in-house career. If there is one thing you can take from the Covid-19 crisis, let it be your new-found versatility, resilience and adaptability, all of which are key traits for any successful in-house legal career.

I have put together a simple list of four things you should be doing right now to help secure a fantastic in-house role.

1. Update Your CV 

The competition for in-house legal roles is fierce! There is a lot of great talent available in the market right now so it is absolutely vital that you carefully craft your CV to ensure that you stand out on paper.

Including a personal statement at the start of your CV is highly recommended. Think of it as your one opportunity to expressly state in 2-5 sentences “this is why you should hire me”. If you are feeling a little lost when it comes to updating your CV, check out the legal CV example here.

2. Network, Network, Network 

Not as easy during the current crisis but certainly not impossible. Staying in touch with your recruitment consultant is vital to ensure that you don’t miss out on a fantastic in-house opportunity.

Discover tips on how to stand out on LinkedIn here

3. Stay Up to Date with Emerging Trends 

As an in-house lawyer, you are often referred to as the “jack of all trades” within an organisation. Therefore, I highly recommend that you stay well educated on the latest trends in the legal industry, including the latest technologies in the market? Knowledge in these areas could impress your interviewer. A tip would be to subscribe to the major legal publishers and follow industry leaders on LinkedIn to ensure you are across the latest updates.

4. Research Industries you are Most Interested in 

Having an understanding of the legal and non-legal issues being faced by the organisations relevant to your skillset will enable you to not only allow you to hit the ground running when you do start your new role, but it will also ensure that you wow any potential employers during the interview process. Organisations are busier than ever navigating the COVID-19 crisis so the less time required to bring someone up to speed will be seen as a plus.

Are you thinking about transitioning to an in-house legal career? Get in touch with our in-house legal specialist, Alicia Molony for a confidential discussion or to obtain a copy of our newly released in-house market and salary guide.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
– A Lincoln
For more information on salary trends, market updates and the general process in securing a role.
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