Starting Out In-House vs. Working at a Law Firm

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goldberg_portrait_4Editor’s Note: We recently interviewed Matthew Goldberg, Vice President and General Counsel at ServiceSource International, Inc. about his career and current work. His full article is here. When asked about the training of new law school students, Goldberg cited the main things young lawyers generally learn working at firms, and what those who move straight in-house would need to be taught by their superiors in order to have an equivalent. Below is his response.

“I would not be surprised to see more lawyers begin their careers in house, but that puts more responsibility on the in-house legal team to help train that lawyer,” he said. “Thinking about what a law firm really does from a training perspective, I see two main things:

  1. The experience and confidence gained from working in a fast-paced, demanding environment where attention to detail and proper client interaction is vitally important.
  2. Developing knowledge in a specific area of practice so you have at least one area of expertise. After that, even if you were at a firm, you will still need to learn the specific issues of any business you join.”

We encourage you to read Goldberg’s full article.

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