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In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby TXgal » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:05 am

Open concept? Cubicles? Individual offices? I'm curious what is typical for in-house attorneys.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby nealric » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:25 am

Individual offices, but things are up in the air as my company builds a new HQ office. I'm not sure there's a typical. It's very much dependent on the company.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby jhett » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:22 am

Open offices, mingled with other departments. It sucks - noisy, and you have to find a conference room to conduct confidential calls (which is all the damn time, because we're lawyers).

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:32 pm

I summered in house in LS. Big tech company with a smallish but growing legal group (maybe 15 attorneys?). It seemed like those who had been there 5+ years had individual offices (no windows) and everyone else was in the cube farm. Not a bad office by any means, but grouped with the other departments, so lots of people walking around and chit chatting.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby TXgal » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:55 pm

Thanks for the responses! This is all really helpful to know.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby BeeTeeZ » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:48 am

Anonymous User wrote:I summered in house in LS. Big tech company with a smallish but growing legal group (maybe 15 attorneys?). It seemed like those who had been there 5+ years had individual offices (no windows) and everyone else was in the cube farm. Not a bad office by any means, but grouped with the other departments, so lots of people walking around and chit chatting.


That sounds really bad, you should hold your employer to a higher standard. No windows at 5+ years? Even first years have windowed offices (with views) at my firm. And by offices I mean literal offices. One could (theoretically) take a nap with the blinds closed.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby nixy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:47 am

BeeTeeZ wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I summered in house in LS. Big tech company with a smallish but growing legal group (maybe 15 attorneys?). It seemed like those who had been there 5+ years had individual offices (no windows) and everyone else was in the cube farm. Not a bad office by any means, but grouped with the other departments, so lots of people walking around and chit chatting.


That sounds really bad, you should hold your employer to a higher standard. No windows at 5+ years? Even first years have windowed offices (with views) at my firm. And by offices I mean literal offices. One could (theoretically) take a nap with the blinds closed.

How should they go about holding their employer to a higher standard?

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:11 am

BeeTeeZ wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I summered in house in LS. Big tech company with a smallish but growing legal group (maybe 15 attorneys?). It seemed like those who had been there 5+ years had individual offices (no windows) and everyone else was in the cube farm. Not a bad office by any means, but grouped with the other departments, so lots of people walking around and chit chatting.


That sounds really bad, you should hold your employer to a higher standard. No windows at 5+ years? Even first years have windowed offices (with views) at my firm. And by offices I mean literal offices. One could (theoretically) take a nap with the blinds closed.


Lmao it has nothing to do with me, I don’t work there anymore.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. The offices get a lot a light.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby misterjames » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:03 am

Anonymous User wrote:I summered in house in LS. Big tech company with a smallish but growing legal group (maybe 15 attorneys?). It seemed like those who had been there 5+ years had individual offices (no windows) and everyone else was in the cube farm. Not a bad office by any means, but grouped with the other departments, so lots of people walking around and chit chatting.


I was in-house at a midsize bank and this was the exact same set up. Group of 6 attorneys, GC had office with windows, other seniors had internal offices with no windows, me (junior atty), paralegal and legal assistant had cubes which were grouped with other departments. Same problem, lots of movement and talking. Not the worst thing in the world but not ideal.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:26 am

Large pharmaceutical company. Mix of open offices with cubes at one location and individual offices at another location. I have an office but if they ever renovate they will go with the open floor plan concept to encourage collaboration. My particular work involves little to no collaboration with my colleagues in my department though because we all have separate projects. Personally, I would not do well in an open concept floor plan because noise and people shuffling around would distract me to no end.
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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:12 am

Large healthcare system. Windowless offices for junior attorneys. Senior attorneys have windows.

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Re: In-House Attorneys: What Is Your Office Like

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:20 am

Spent 1L summer in-house at a large California tech company. Offices were basically like a law firm: attorneys had windowed offices with doors, paralegals/etc. had internal offices.



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