How to Transition from Law to a Career in Tech

, Business Development & Legal Counsel at Flavorpill

As an attorney, you offer a set of both hard and soft skills that can be incredibly useful at a tech company, even in a non-legal role. Chances are, however, that you don't fit a tech company's hiring profile, which typically favors people with technical or business backgrounds. 

In this class, we'll look at the transition from the legal industry to a tech company, and discuss ways to succeed at it.

***NEW: We’ll be joined by special guest David Pashman, General Counsel at Meetup, who will be sharing his insights, experiences, and stories from his many career transitions from big firm lawyer to in house counsel with lots of ups and downs in between.***

Some of the topics we'll address are:

  • Whether the tech industry is right for you
  • The different career paths from law to tech
  • How to burnish your tech credentials before or without leaving your legal job
  • What kinds of tech company roles best lend themselves to the legal skillset
  • How to frame your legal skills and experience to prospective employers
  • Having a background in corporate law versus litigation and how it affects your positioning
  • How to go about finding the right tech job in NYC
  • Once you have a tech job, knowing when to use your legal brain -- and when to turn it off

This class is designed to be useful to anyone with a legal background, including law students, looking to work in tech, whether in a legal, non-legal, or partially legal capacity.  

The class requires no materials.


David’s Credentials

I have traveled the long and winding road of career transitions from “big law” at Skadden, Arps to business development at Menerva Technologies to corporate tech company lawyer at Wilson Sonsini to in-house counsel at Meetup.

Vinay Jain

Business Development & Legal Counsel at Flavorpill

I practiced corporate law at a major firm before leaving to launch a social media startup. I am currently head of business development and legal counsel at Flavorpill. 


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