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Often, when lawyers are considering moving in house, their searches are narrowly tailored to private corporations. However, there is a surprising amount of work available in the nonprofit sector for in house attorneys.

Generally, when lawyers think about nonprofit lawyer jobs, we think staff attorney positions that focus on serving underserved communities. But, like corporations, as nonprofit organizations grow, the need for in house attorneys and general counsel grows. Also, people often seem to forget that some hospitals, many schools, and nearly all foundations and charitable organizations, from massive to miniature, have compliance and other legal duties.

Below, you can read about three reasons why in house job seekers should consider focusing on nonprofit employers.

In-House Lawyers: Come Out of Your Shell to Get Ahead

Snails live with their houses on their backs, and will withdraw into them in a moment's notice.

Of course, they are slower than turtles. And their shells are really delicate -- not much protection against anything bigger than a shoe.

Some in-house attorneys are like snails, and don't get very far because they never stick their necks out. For them, it may be time for evolution.

For in-house counsel, the thought of taking a job at a startup might be enticing for several reasons (beyond just daily foosball tournament).

However, for every benefit you might think of, there's usually a corresponding sacrifice you'll have to make because you're a lawyer, and not some Millennial techie that can show up to work in ripped jeans and a t-shirt.

Below you can read about some of the pros and cons of going in house at a startup.

For in-house lawyers, the word vacation may be as foreign a concept as billable hours.

However, when the weather's hot and you want to stretch right up and touch the sky, you might realize that it's a little more difficult than you expected to do what you feel. There are unrealistic expectations and there will always be pitfalls when in-house counsel want to take time off.

Here are three tips to help you be one of those lucky in-house lawyers on the beach this summer.

How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Cybersecurity Wounds

Surprising as it may seem, the next cybersecurity breach will probably come from the inside.

That's because employees are often the source of the problem; they don't practice safe-internet. Disgruntled workers, too, may leave behind viruses that are harder to get rid of than an STD.

So if your company has a tendency for self-inflicted cyber wounds, the first thing to do is remove all the sharp objects. This is the inside story about how to fight cyberattacks.

Why You Should Take More Time for Strategic Thinking

Mount Moran is one of the spectacular mountains among the Grand Tetons -- perhaps the most beautiful peaks in the Western Hemisphere.

It is distinctive because it cradles several glaciers and tiny lakes, and some are visible only from lower elevations. So what does Mount Moran have to do with strategic thinking?

Well, you don't have to be at the top of the mountain to have perspective. For in-house counsel, it means taking time to appreciate what you can see from your position.

New In-House Lawyer Task: Vetting Tweets

In-house counsel nationwide may want to start adding "tweet vetter" to their resumes.

It's not just a task. In the Twitter President era, it's a responsibility that in-house counsel have to take seriously.

To tweet or not to tweet; that is the first question in the legal analysis. The second question is, how to tweet?

How to Move From the Law Office to the Corporate Suite

The road to general counsel often starts at BigLaw, but does not go from there directly to the corporate Big Chair.

Fewer corporations are hiring attorneys straight out of law firms to lead their legal business. In the past three years, the number of new hires from law firms has dropped to about 18 percent.

That's more than a bump in the road. It's a sign telling you how to go from the law office to the corporate office.

Being in house often means feeling disconnected from the rest of the legal world. When in-house attorneys show up to networking or social events with practicing lawyers, it can often feel like inside counsel are from Earth, while litigators are from Dante's fourth circle.

However, it doesn't have to be that way for in-house counsel. With a little bit of extra reading in their free time (which notably in-house counsel actually have, as opposed to litigators who gave up free time along with family and any sense of ever being able to relax), an in-house attorney can remain relevant, keep up to date, and even find some enjoyment.

Below, you can read about the three best things to read for in-house counsels.

Business Talk: Words That Make You Sound Weak

In the lexicon of leadership, there are some words you should not say.

They suggest weakness or failure, a tentative approach when directness is required. Leaders should use assertive language that conveys "confidence and authority," says one writer.

It's all good to delete some expressions for business purposes, but remember what George Carlin said about forbidden words: "You never know what's going to be on the list because it's always somebody else's list."