In-House Law: Do They Even Hire Students?

Vol. 42 No. 3

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CARLA J. DEVELDER, a former law school associate dean with experience in student affairs and career development, is in-house counsel in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebraska.

The stereotypical career trajectory for an in-house lawyer begins at a midsize to large law firm. As corporate legal departments have not traditionally been equipped to tackle the intensive training and development that new attorneys require, many are happy to leave associate training to the firms. The corporations underwrite the training, so to speak, by allowing firms to staff their matter with associates working under a supervising partner.

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