what to read when taking an in-house job

Ten Things: A “New to the Job” In-House Counsel Reading List

As you know, I love to get emails and LinkedIn messages from “Ten Things” readers.  In particular, when they have ideas for blog topics! Not too long ago, I received a request from someone who was about to take her first general counsel position.  She asked me for a list of things she should read when she started her new job (she was moving from a law firm and had never been an in-house lawyer before).   Of course, I was happy to oblige.  I sent her my list of reading materials along with some other suggestions, but it got me thinking.  I have written blogs on things in-house lawyers should read every day and on my list of “non-legal” books all in-house lawyers should read, but I have not tackled the list of things in-house lawyers should read when starting a new job.  I did a little digging and I see that there are some great materials on what new general counsel should read, there is nothing out there for the non-general counsel (or at least I couldn’t find it).  Still, whether you a brand new to the in-house life, new to a particular in-house job, or a crusty in-house old-timer like me, I think you’ll find something good on the list below, maybe even something you had not thought about as being important.  This edition of “Ten Things” sets out my new to the job in-house counsel reading list:

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