Dollar Barrister’s Ultimate Guide to Going In-House and Succeeding as Corporate Counsel is a 62-page, 23,000-word, e-book that peels back the curtain on everything you need to know about getting an in-house position and succeeding once you walk in the door. It’s priced at $39 because (1) by paying for it you are more likely to implement the lessons learned in here and get yourself out of the law firm; (2) it’s a tip of the cap to the “sweet spot” for going in-house: 3 to 9 years inside of a law firm in private practice; and (3) it contains template cover letters, negotiation scripts, a form CV, and lots of other goodies that I think you’ll find well worth the price. (If you buy our bundled CV and template cover letter for $25, you’re more than halfway there anyway – this is your best value.)
The Guide is in a (locked for editing) Word format, so you’ll be able to cut and paste my templates into your own documents as you ramp up your job search (note that these are the same templates that you’ll find for stand-alone purchase in our Dollar Barrister shop).
Below are the table of contents and the Introduction. For the rest, visit our shop, and download the Guide now!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Setting Yourself Up to Get In-House
Before Law School
During Law School
Some Thoughts about Private Practice
Chapter 2: The Ten Commandments for Going In-House
Chapter 3: Making Moves: Getting Started on the Road In-House
First, Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Going In-House Isn’t a One-Way Ticket to Law Practice Oblivion
Finding the Sweet Spot: When Is The Best Time to Make the Move In-House?
No Matter What, You’ll Need to Organize an Online In-House Counsel Job Search that Converts: Here’s How
What’s The Best Practice Area For An In-House Lawyer?
What Is the Best US City to Start Your In-House Legal Career?
Chapter 4: The Art of the Cover Letter
Why You Need More Than One Cover Letter to Make the Move In-House
Form In-House Counsel Cover Letter – Law Clerk
Form In-House Counsel Cover Letter – Law Firm Associate
Form In-House Counsel Cover Letter – Current In-House Counsel
Form In-House Counsel CV
Chapter 5: Interviewing & Closing the Deal
Navigating the Phone Screen
Dealing with External Recruiters
Dealing with Internal Recruiters
How to Prepare for a Phone Screener with the Hiring Team
Preparing for Behavioral-Based (STAR) Interviews
Should You Send a Thank-You Note After You Interview For an In-House Counsel Position?
How to Negotiate a Better Compensation Package
Chapter 6: Change Your Mindset: Your First In-House Counsel Position
Wrapping Up at the Firm
Changing Your Mindset
Dealing With the Business
How to Successfully Balance a Flexible Working From Home Schedule
Chapter 7: Your Next In-House Counsel Position
Should You Lateral Into Another In-House Counsel Position?
What About Potentially Returning to a Law Firm?
Dealing with a Potential Merger
Chapter 8: Putting it All Together
Excerpt from the Guide – Introduction
“One summer while I was still a Biglaw associate, I was handling a bankruptcy matter that was venued in the Eastern District of Long Island. I was sent to court for a hearing and met with my adversary in the hall outside the courtroom. He was wearing muddy shoes, a crumpled suit, and it appeared that his shirt had blood on it. “I had a late night,” he told me. (Later, I found out that his “big client” was a strip club underneath the Queens side of the 59th Street Bridge.)
After the hearing (which of course was adjourned) I was starving and waiting for the LIRR back to Manhattan. I bought a stale pre-made sandwich from the 7-11 across the street from the station and waited in the train shelter as it started to pour. Looking back now, from an in-house position and, more importantly, a career that I love, I knew that moment was the tipping point for me to make a change.
Lots of lawyers – especially recruiters – will tell you that going in-house is career suicide. But in The Ultimate Guide to Going In-House & Succeeding as Corporate Counsel, I will explain to you that it’s not. After 7 years of private law firm practice, I’ve spent the last 8+ years in-house and decided to write this book to talk about my experiences, what worked for me to succeed in the firm, what works in-house, and what doesn’t.
I’ve picked up a lot of good tips, and some bad ones, along the way, and my goal is to help lawyers who face a similar moment – sitting on wet concrete with a bunch of binders after another pointless hearing in an anonymous courtroom – figure out a path forward that makes sense for them and their families. Law practice doesn’t have to be miserable!
The Ultimate Guide for Going In-House & Succeeding as Corporate Counsel describes my experiences from law firm associate through two in-house positions at Fortune 500 companies, including how I survived a merger from the wrong side, a disastrous sideways move out of my industry, and much more.
I’ll teach you the techniques I learned that helped me land a job at one of the most competitive tech companies in the world – from preparing for the interview to crafting the right kind of cover letter and CV for your audience. And I’ll share my advice for balancing family and moving ahead in your career in a world that seems to be getting more complex and chaotic every day.
The Ultimate Guide for Going In-House & Succeeding as Corporate Counsel also includes email scripts for different facets of your in-house counsel job search, a sample CV/resume format, template cover letters, and many other goodies. I hope it will serve you as a resource now, while you’re looking to make your next move, and for a long time to come as you continue to navigate the treacherous professional and financial waters that our choice of profession seems to always present.”
So, using my Guide, I encourage you to take the plunge. Go in-house. Learn about your industry and your company. And if you decide to go back to a law firm later on, I can promise you that the clients you represent as outside counsel will thank you for it.”