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New in-house counsel applicants face specific requirements in New York

Applicants must establish certification of moral fortitude and no-objection to local jurisdictions’ authorities

New York City is one of the world’s hubs for so many markets: stocks, theater, pizza. But a market for legal services it is as well, and continues to grow at a strong rate of being a hub for in-house litigation attorney jobs.

But, remarkably, as JD Journal notes, despite the heavy competition for in-house litigation attorney jobs in New York City, there are great prospects for new lawyers seeking counsel positions. The Journal specifies that court work is necessary for in-house litigation attorneys, and in New York, an attorney must comply with the provisions of Part 522 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. New York state is unique is its specifications for which attorneys can be deemed in-house counsel. The Journal quotes part of the definition: 

“An in-house counsel is an attorney who is employed full time in this State by a non-governmental corporation, partnership, association, or other legal entity, including its subsidiaries and organizational affiliates, that is not itself engaged in the practice of law or the rendering of legal services outside such organization.” 


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In addition to the requirements for applicants who wish to register as in-house counsel in New York is the requirement of establishing moral fitness and becoming certified in good standing. New York standards for such a line of work adhere to jurisdictions in that applicants must have no issues with local authorities, and must prove such no-objection. 

Specifications in the state of New York and the competition in the city itself would appear to be obstacles to initial career growth for any attorney newcomer, but the market continues to be a solid one for prospective counsel. The sheer numbers of law firms, companies requiring counsel, and departments are certainly factors in the growth of the legal market. New York City as a center for international companies also brings in more jobs in legal services. Of course, some of the biggest names in finance and other compliance-heavy companies are located in the Big Apple, and therefore, in-house attorneys will always find a swift-moving pace of growth for their careers, should they possess the drive and moral fortitude to paddle along. 

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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