This transition-to-practice course, taught by a career general counsel, will
introduce students to life as an in-house attorney. The course is for students
considering careers as in-house counsel or who have an interest in learning about in-house practice.
To explore the in-house counsel role through readings, discussions,
and interaction with successful in-house counsel and corporate executives who
will be our class guests.
· To provide some introductory drafting and negotiating experiences
consistent with those that a relatively new in-house attorney could expect on
Each students will:
and interact with successful in-house lawyers and business leaders working in
various industries including manufacturing, information, healthcare, banking,
food and beverage, sports, and in non-profit/charitable endeavors.
the basics about life working as in-house counsel, including the pluses and
minuses of an in-house career and some keys for success in in-house positions.
important non-legal skills for success like communication, relationship
building, exercising good judgment, managing projects and people, and making and communicating decisions.
· Draft and negotiate two basic documents regularly encountered by in-house
techniques for counseling business persons and other non-lawyers about
realistic expectations and acceptable outcomes.
conflict-of-interest and other ethics issues unique for in-house counsel.
Learn the basics about conducting corporate
investigations, dealing with regulators, and developing time and
process-management and organization skills.
Produce a final written project of at least ten pages on a relevant topic of the student's choice; subject to prior approval of the instructor.