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
  • Contracts
  • Working with Your Internal "Clients"
  • Compliance
  • 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
  • Cybersecurity
  • 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). 


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