Exploring the Role of In-House Counsel

Law 525



Writing Experience (WE)



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.  

Primary Objectives:

·       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 the job.

Each students will:

·       Meet 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.

·       Discover 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.

·       Survey 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 counsel.

·       Explore techniques for counseling business persons and other non-lawyers about realistic expectations and acceptable outcomes.

·       Examine 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. 


R. Magee

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