A column in Above the Law talks about how the perceptions of in-house counsel jobs have changed over the years.
Before and during the 1980’s, taking an in-house job was largely considered to be a step down, a place only meant for unsuccessful people with law degrees, according to the column.
In-house counsel did not sit at the cool kids table. They did not wear pink on Wednesdays and their hair was not full of secrets (Mean Girls anyone?).
Today, however, going in-house is much more common and sought after. Partners at large law firms take in-house jobs at companies and law school students are asking for more in-house counsel classes.
Looks like in-house counsel are moving up to The Plastics table. Sounds pretty fetch to us.
Here’s our question for you: What changes have you seen in the perception of in-house counsel jobs over the years?
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