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Pros and Cons: In-house vs. Law Firm Practice

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When a law graduate or an attorney decides to choose between an in-house and a law firm career, obviously, the pros and cons of each option need to be understood. In a generalized fashion it might be said that in-house careers offer a better work-life balance and lesser pay, while law firm careers offer poor work-life balance coupled with higher pay.

Law firm practice needs you to be sharper and keep working harder and the money is there. However, when it comes to a comparison one can safely say that the majority of skills earned in law firm practice can be translated to suit an in-house position, but only a few of the skills of an in-house position can be successfully translated to fill the shoes of a practicing attorney in a law firm. However, your law firm connections are not always relevant when you move to an in-house position, but the relationships you developed while in-house augment your earning potential while moving to law firm practice.

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