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LW Compensation Series: Director
LW Compensation Series: Vice President of Legal
State of the Legal Market 2023 – The Lawyer Whisperer
2022 In House Legal Compensation Trends (+ A Few Numbers)
All Resumes Should Be One Page…Right?
Has Covid-19 Impacted In House Compensation for Lawyers?
Q&A – Scott Giesler: SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, eHealth
I’m the GC of a large public company subsidiary and want to make a move. For which roles am I most marketable? Would accepting a non-GC role hurt my career? If not, what titles are ok?
I’m a senior manager, but now considering a more junior role to balance my home life. Is that possible? How does a lawyer take a “step down” without appearing tainted?
What Clients Want.
I’m a lawyer, but want to move into Business Development. Will this hurt my legal career if I ever wanted to go back to practicing law?
I’ve been in my job for 2 1/2 years and my friends tell me I need to move now or employers will think my experience is stale. Is this true?
Is there a predictable hiring cycle for the in-house market? If so, what is it?
Start Dates: How Much Time Is OK To Take Before You Start Your New Job?
Will joining a company with a mediocre brand hurt my career?
Can I take 6-12 months off in between jobs or will it hurt my career? How do I strategically manage my time off?
What is the compensation and reporting structure for a VP of Legal? Is it better to have a broader title like this or something more specific?
Should I quit my job and move in order to focus solely on my job search?
Is it better to earn a JD/LL.M at the same time or pursue an LL.M after practicing law for a few years?
What Job Opportunities Exist for Lawyers in the Blockchain Industry?
I’ve been an in house lawyer my entire career. Am I at a disadvantage in the job market without law firm experience? If so, how do I address this issue?
How to score an in house job without in house experience.
I am a commercial litigation associate and want to transition to IP litigation. Do I need a technical degree to make the switch?
My GC is leaving and the execs are going to conduct a search for her replacement. I want the job, but the best they can offer me is Interim GC, which infuriates me. Should I take it or quit?
Should You Always Counter a Job Offer?
What is the right length of time for a GC to stay in his/her role at the same company? In today’s market, what are the main reasons GCs leave their jobs?
This could be one of your greatest career assets. Seriously!
The Five Rings. (an encore post)
Make. Your. Own. Luck. Here’s how…
What are the best short-term career options for law firm associates who want to be a General Counsel one day?
Are more companies today hiring lawyers straight out of law school? Is this is a smart hiring practice?
How important is in house experience when applying for an in house job?
I’m a jr. litigation partner at a mid-sized law firm. I have great credentials and trial experience, but no portable book of business. Will I be able to “upgrade” to a big firm as a partner?
Why do employers require Big Law experience when hiring a GC?
Should I include a job on my resume that I had for only 12 weeks?
Should a candidate always send a thank you note after a job interview?
Why would company executives want their General Counsel to report to the CFO?
The Key Traits of a Good Candidate.
Should employers rescind offers for poorly behaved candidates?
How much do today’s law firm lawyers care about the “Partner” title?
What is the market compensation range and practice profile for a Director of IP?
Why Employers Prefer To Hire Local Candidates.
The Secret To Retaining Your Top Performers.
My company is failing. How much will this negatively impact my candidacy for a job? Do today’s companies only want to hire from “successful” companies?
Is it common for startups not to offer bonuses?
My husband and I are new attorneys with young kids. He works long hours so I need a predictable job in order to take care of our family. How can I achieve this and still enjoy career success?
I’ve been working contract positions since law school to pay my law school loans – and often change jobs for more money. Is this job-hopping bad for my career?
I’m a senior associate with awful law school grades. I want to join another law firm and employers are requesting my transcript. How can I get around this hurdle?
From Legal Generalist to Specialist. Good Career Move?
I’m a senior law firm lawyer and want to move in house. How do I convince employers that my experience is relevant and I’m not too old?
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