Q: I’m an unhappy law firm partner and I’m interviewing for an in-house position. What’s the best way to respond to the question “Why do you want to go in-house?” without sounding bitter or negative?

A: These days, the life of a law firm lawyer is no walk in the park. And it’s especially tough for law firm partners. The commoditization of legal services and growth of the in-house legal department have put the squeeze on partners to produce and bill hours. Year after year … after year. For some shareholders, it feels like a perpetual vice reacting to the prior year’s “numbers.” And this feeling is creating growing discontent among this constituency. Consequently, an increasing number of law firm partners are seeking refuge in the warm bosom of the corporate legal department—a place where life is kinder and gentler for a legal professional.

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