First 100 days as an in-house lawyer

The following In-house Advisor practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • First 100 days as an in-house lawyer
  • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
  • Fail to plan, plan to fail
  • Lawyers work in words, not numbers
  • Where are the quick wins?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help

First 100 days as an in-house lawyer

This Practice Note sets out advice on making the most of your first 100 days as an in-house lawyer.

Congratulations on securing your first in-house role! You’ve done the hard work of deciding to build your career in-house and you’ve found a company you respect and a role that suits you, so now you need to start planning how you’re going to make an impact and do well.

Having interviewed hundreds of in-house lawyers in order to develop our legal information service, LexisPSL, we’ve learnt a thing or two about how to make the transition from law firm to in-house team, so we’ve prepared this short guide to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and hit the ground running.

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

The first few weeks are likely to be largely taken up by meeting new colleagues and getting to know your new boss. If you’re lucky, some of these meetings will be arranged for you in advance, but don’t feel confined by the list of meetings set up when you arrive. Use this time to get a feel for the politics and culture of the business by inviting yourself into as many things as possible. Particularly look out for:

  1. board meetings (depending on your level)

  2. sales team meetings

  3. all-hands or town hall sessions, where

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