June 10, 2020 Feature

Commonalities of In-House and Private Practice in Law and Business

Kim Boyle

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Though the history of American law practice dates back centuries, in-house attorneys—even within the last 70 years—have been considered “a relatively recent phenomenon.”1 Correspondingly, the definition of the in-house role has traditionally been framed in its distinctions from lawyers in private practice. Indeed, the differences have been well-documented, discussed, and accepted as features of each role.

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