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If you're an in-house lawyer that does patent work, or even just a patent attorney, your job might be threatened by artificial intelligence in the somewhat near future. After all, technology is the new personal touch. But, for now, it's the patent paralegals who are really at the highest risk of being displaced by a robot.

Patent attorneys would be colored shocked, if they had any emotions. Instead, they're probably all asking: Can I really replace Derrick with a robot?

When it comes to making it in the world of in-house lawyering, there's often more to it than just competent work and logging enough hours. After all, the steps up at the top for an in-house attorney are often pretty far up.

How you structure your work-life balance, how you socialize at work, and even how you present yourself in the office, all makes a difference in whether you will be successful at getting to the top. You ever see a high level exec and ask yourself how they got there?

Below are three of the top lifestyle tips to help you rise to the top.

Should You Ever Sign Agreements Over Drinks?

Some of the greatest agreements are celebrated with a toast.

But when has a party gotten out of control? When the bride passes out drunk? When a signer spills his drink on the document?

It's not much of a defense to say you were drunk at the time, especially in DUI court, but it could be a defense to enforcing an agreement if a signer loses capacity. So here's to drinking responsibly!

This Crime-Fighting Robot Is Ready to Protect Your Business

There's a new sheriff in town, but there's a catch: it's a robot.

K5 is a security robot that works for less than minimum wage, doesn't take breaks, and won't sue for discrimination if you misassign its gender. With laser reflexes and hi-tech cameras for surveillance, the thing can take pictures faster than a teenager with an iPhone at the mall.

So if you need a modern crime-fighter to patrol your parking lot or other business, K5 is ready for work.

Legal Ops Taking Aim at Changes in 2017

‘Legal ops’ can conjure up the image of a sniper, clothed with clandestine legitimacy and a laser-focused rifle.

It’s a fair analogy, as legal operations professionals gain more power in corporate legal departments around the world. Ten years ago, not many corporate counsel knew they existed. Today, they are key members of legal teams trained to work fast and cut costs.

With the formation of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, there are more than 600 card-carrying members of the organization. This is an account of who they are and what they can do:

In-house attorneys shouldn't keep the rest of the company at arm's length. That's the message from PayPal's Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Louis Pentland. "As an in-house lawyer," Pentland explains, "the best you can get is when you're integrated with the business team."

That means forgoing the more traditional role of simply identifying and advising the company on risks, while allowing others to make the final decision.

What Is the Timeline for Getting Your Next In-House Job?

'There is no spoon.'

So said the bald kid in The Matrix explaining that traditional rules do not apply, but so also said attorney Tracey Lesetar-Smith in describing the rules for getting an in-house job.

"The conventional rule is that one must toil away in law firms for eight-plus years before earning the right to jump in-house," she said. But is it really a rule?

Writing for the ABA Young Lawyers Division, Lesetar-Smith said there are no rules when it comes to landing in-house jobs. Everybody has a different story. Here are a few more:

Tips to Overcome Stress at the Office

You have a big corporate job, responsible for millions of dollars and accountable to thousands of shareholders. But it's hard to breathe at the top because the air is thin and the pressure is intense.

Or maybe your job is not so big, still you feel stressed as you put out the fires of even a small business. Life is hard on the street, too.

Well it won't get any easier if you have a headache, get sick or simply burn out. So relax, have a seat, and take your shoes off. Here are some tips to help you de-stress:

When law firms hire, they tend to look for signs of skill, intelligence, and dedication. For new associates, this may mean seeking out candidates with degrees from top schools, or involvement in time-consuming activities like law review. For laterals, firms may look for years of experience with a prestigious firm, or a history of grinding out hours.

In-house legal departments look for these things too. But much more so than their law firm counterparts, the corporate world emphasizes "culture fit," that elusive quality that seems to indicate "you'll do well here."

Lawyers know a thing or two about burnout. After all, dealing with high-stakes conflicts, demanding hours, and constant pressure, well, it's no wonder so many people find themselves at the end of their ropes. Some attorneys change practices or change careers, others implode in a more spectacular fashion.

But Johnson & Johnson thinks it might have the cure for burnout amongst its high performers -- and it involves a dietitian, a physiologist, and an executive coach. Could their approach work in your legal department?