Let me begin by admitting that it has been many years since I was faced with the prospect of finding my first job as an attorney. As I reflect on my past experience, there are a few things I would like to share with anyone considering law as a profession.
Most police officers don't like attorneys! Fact: Many attorneys don't think much of the police profession either! Surprised? Probably not. A relationship tenuous from the start has gradually deteriorated with repeated unsatisfactory contacts. Excessive media coverage of high-profile criminal trials often puts police officers in a bad light. And previous unpleasant courtroom encounters lead many police officers to dislike attorneys and to resist dealing with them if at all possible. Similarly, some attorneys have a noticeable tendency to look down upon the law enforcement profession as being too aggressive, biased, judgmental, and ham-handed with its cases. They also tend to see the police officer as primarily a blue-collar worker bent on issuing heavy doses of street justice or locked into a totally inflexible position that doesn't consider the needs of the community.
Working as an in-house attorney has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include have more control on the projects you work on and having corporate benefits that other types of attorneys don’t get. Some of the cons include long hours and often being required to work during weekends in order to help with legal projects in the company.