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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Nov 22, 2016

Whether you’re considering a fellowship overseas, lateraling to a new firm or going in-house, Alicia has done it all in her first six years as an attorney!  Alicia Chen is one of the first lawyers I met as a summer associate back in New York and now serves as in-house counsel for On Deck Capital, the largest online small-business lender in the United States. On this episode we talk about her journey to making the transition in-house, we explore all the detours she took along the way and she shares how she discovered what she was looking for to find happiness in her work.

What you’ll learn:

  • How she prioritized and took leaps as she progressed in her career
  • The value of trying things out and being open to new experiences and learning in one’s career
  • What steps she look when she started looking for an in-house position
  • The different structure her life has taken since moving in-house
  • What she wishes she had done more of and learned as a law student to get ready for making decisions in her career


“It is really important to be proactive about your own career. Force yourself to think about what you like and what you want to do. And try different things to figure out what you like, if necessary.”



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