Professor John Lewis
The prevalence and
prominence of in-house corporate counsel has grown considerably over the
past several years. This course will consider the unique challenges faced
by in-house counsel, which can come in the form of the application of law,
ethical considerations, a varied work environment as well as often
conflicting client expectations. The course will also explore specific
corporate matters that in-house counsel are increasingly becoming involved
in such as internal investigations, corporate governance, crisis
management, enterprise risk management, and doing business
internationally. Also addressed will be key substantive areas such as
contracts and transactions, intellectual property, and employment. The
course work and readings will focus on applying the law and practical
aspect of in-house practice to “real life” problem solving
including best practices for finding success as in-house counsel.
The course will not only benefit student entering in-house practice but also those entering other “single client” practices such government and not-for-profit. Students entering private practice will also find the course very valuable by enabling them to better understand their corporate clients - the largest consumers of legal services.