No sign of sign-on bonuses for newly-hired in-house attorneys

A question on a LinkedIn group asked about the commonness of signing bonuses for law department lawyers below very senior levels.

I answered that I think these are infrequent. A general counsel might approve a bonus if the salary structure does not permit a sufficient base offer, so the bonus makes up for some of the shortfall. Or the bonus might absorb costs of relocation not otherwise covered. In general, however, I have not heard about signing bonuses at any level.

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