Careers In House
Attorneys working "in house" or as corporate counsel can have a variety of practice specialties - employment, patent/intellectual property, tax, corporate/business law - and serve as the legal advisors to the companies or organization employing them. Often they contract law firms to handle matters such as complex litigation or other specialized legal work.
Typically lawyers work for a few years before becoming corporate counsel, both to gain practice expertise and to bring their connections within their field. Corporate legal departments usually are not large enough or structured to provide training to new lawyers or to classes of summer law students. On occasion students may be able to obtain work via corporate externships or general corporate summer programs with a rotation in the legal department.
It is never too early to begin meeting lawyers who work as general counsel, since they provide a valuable network as potential clients, valuable mentors and possible future employers.
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