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Getting hired as an in-house attorney is not a simple task, especially for lawyers without any experience as an in-house attorney. But, with a little effort, and some artful wording on a resume, it is possible.

For those with no experience, and even recent grads, the tips below can help put you in a better position to go in house.

For law students seeking to work in house, many will often wonder whether earning a MBA can make their JD more marketable to the in house hiring decision makers. But, like most legal issues, the answer is: It depends.

Depending on what sort of work you are looking to perform in house, having an MBA along with your J, unfortunately might not make much difference. For instance, if you will be working on government compliance or intellectual property matters, the MBA will likely matter less than a technical background, and/or prior experience.

Assertiveness Tips for In-House Counsel

In-house counsel really are a different breed of animal in the species called 'lawyer.'

For most, the archetypical attorney is the most aggressive character in the courtroom and walks with a confidence that barely masks conceit. In-house lawyers, on the other hand, too often have their hats handed to them in the boardroom.

This post is about how in-house counsel can be more assertive, without appearing overly aggressive like their counterparts in the outside world.

Not everyone gets hired into good situations. Sometimes, a person is hired to replace an employee that was fired, or abruptly left for greener pastures. Occasionally, a new employee's first duty will be to clean out their predecessor's old desk ... hopefully after they're gone (talk about awkward).

When this happens with an in house attorney or general counsel, the new attorney can often feel like they unknowingly walked into a swimming pool, while blindfolded and wearing a weighted suit. Though the outgoing employee may be leaving you a mess, look at the bright side of things, their leaving opened up the job for you in the first place. Now the trick will be digging out of another person's mess.

Below, you'll find three helpful tips to get you out of the mess you inherited by taking on a new job.

As in-house counsel, the last thing you want is more work. But, if the company you work for advertises, it might be in your best, long term, interest to review all advertising before it gets pushed out to the public. Doing so could actually save you quite a bit more work, and save your company a lot of money.

Not only is there potential copyright infringement liability for copying ideas from popular culture, but regulatory compliance can lead to even costlier legal battles. As such, you might want to start giving your company's ads a quick look, and if what you see doesn't pass the smell test, it's probably worthwhile to dig deeper before letting an ad go public.

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: