In the classroom component of the program, students learn about the role of inside counsel and substantive issues encountered in a corporate law department, including real estate, employment law, intellectual property, and securities law. We will also discuss ethical responsibilities of in-house counsel and potential in-house career paths. Some classes focus on practical skills, such as working with outside counsel, conflicts of interest, mechanics of a commercial lease, working with your internal “client”, contract drafting, and conducting internal investigations. In-house counsel guest lecture in some classes.
Classroom topics vary by semester; however, class sessions over the last three years have included:
- The Corporate Law Department
- Working with Outside Counsel
- Working with Your Internal "Clients"
- Intellectual Property
- Corporate Governance
- Commerical Lease Agreements
- Internal Investigations
- Employment Law
- What It's Really Like to Work In-House and How to Find Job Opportunities
- Overview of Secruties Laws
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Litigation Management
- Dealing with Client Illegality
- Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel
- Becoming Effective Outside Counsel
- Outsourcing/In-House Technology
- Government Regulation and Lobbying
- What I Wish I Had Known My First Year as General Counsel (panel discussion)
The class text is Steinberg & Yeager, Inside Counsel – Practices Strategies and Insights (West 2015).