Q: I’m a law firm lawyer and have lost out on in-house jobs to lawyers with in-house experience. How do I overcome this objection?

A: Whether you’re a litigator or a transaction lawyer, the lack of in-house experience can put you at a competitive disadvantage when applying for an in-house position. Historically, employers have waxed and waned on their level of flexibility regarding this requirement and the pendulum has swung back and forth a few times over the course of 15-plus years.

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