University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

In-House Counsel

The in-house practice of law has grown and evolved dramatically over recent decades. In-house law departments range from a single general counsel to global law departments with hundreds of lawyers. In-house practice can be intellectually challenging and personally and professionally fulfilling, and can also involve risks which are different from practicing law in a firm. This course will focus on the unique aspects of working as a lawyer within a corporation. Topics covered will include the role of the in-house legal function in a corporation; how legal departments are structured and managed; working with and managing outside counsel; working with the corporation's management and board of directors; and ethics and policy considerations which uniquely impact in-house counsel, such as corporate compliance matters; multi-jurisdictional practice and bar admission requirements; and attorney-client privilege issues.