How to become an in-house lawyer

March 29th, 2016 by
Joanne Glanz

It’s a common question: how do you become an in-house lawyer? Is there a good time to make the move? How do you prepare, via secondments or other relevant experience? What qualities make a great in-house lawyer? Joanne Glanz, Manager Career Services for the Law School at the University of NSW, previously worked as an executive consultant with Mahlab Recruitment for 25 years. She is well-aware of the questions and concerns many lawyers have as they consider a move in-house and shares her observations with Insights.

Growing Your Career – In-house at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

November 17th, 2015 by
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As discussed in a past issue, the idea of a career in-house can be an appealing prospect for many corporate lawyers. In addition to greater autonomy and a diverse workload, in-house legal roles can offer lawyers the chance to immerse themselves in fields they may otherwise never access. For Rachel Saunders, this concept took on a much more literal guise. As the Legal and Business Affairs Manager for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Saunders has accrued a list of career highlights that span beyond the realm of conventional corporate law.

Tanya Khan Takes the Reins at ACC

July 23rd, 2015 by
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Here at Insights, we’re dedicated to showcasing the great many places a law degree can take you and with 30% of Australian lawyers working as in-house counsel, Insights turned to former in-house counsel and current Vice President and Managing Director of the Australian Corporate Counsel Association (ACC), Tanya Khan, to learn about what it means to work in-house.

The Road to Becoming a Company Secretary

July 21st, 2015 by
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There is no shortage of reasons to hire a law graduate for a job that isn’t solely legally focussed. Among the new lawyers graduating from law school every year are some of our generation’s best, brightest and most hard-working prospective employees and it’s not just law firms that are sitting up and taking notice.

In the House – How not to be an Average In-House Lawyer

November 18th, 2014 by
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For some, the prospect of working as an in-house lawyer is considered the Holy Grail of legal careers. Those who practise in-house are often afforded more autonomy, greater pay, less pressure, and much like Robert Duvall’s Tom Hagen from The Godfather, they are granted the luxury of only serving one client. However, like practitioners in any other area of law, in-house lawyers must avoid a plethora of pitfalls if they hope to excel at their craft. To help guide you on your path, Insights has compiled a list of steps to take to ensure you won’t end up an average in-house lawyer.

Five minutes with Wenee Yap

January 29th, 2014 by
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Wenee Yap is the founder of the Survive Law website, co-founder of The Ducky Mafia ( and author of Social Media Marketing and Law: Fans, Followers and Online Infamy (2013). Wenee will be presenting for The College of Law in a seminar, Social Media – Legal Issues in Social Media and the Importance of having a Social Media Policy, on 3 February 2014.