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Becoming An In-House Counsel – A Lawyer’s Career Move


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(Academic Level 8)

Ethical and Effective In-House Counsel: Short Learning Programme

In this course students will gain an understanding of the role of the in-house legal department and how to determine whether an in-house role is right for you. The course will provide an understanding of how legal departments operate in the greater organizational framework, whether that is a public company, private enterprise, governmental entity or non-profit. Students will explore substantive areas of law that are fundamental to an in-house legal department, the skills that are necessary or useful to achieve success in an in-house legal career, and what to look out for while interviewing for an in-house legal position. Students will also gain an understanding of the differences in industries and companies, how in-house legal departments are treated, and the opportunities for career advancement.

UFS Faculty of Law is excited to announce that you can now acquire skills and knowledge to ensure your performance as an ethical and effective in-house counsel in any company.

This short learning programme is aimed at empowering persons (prospective in-house counsel) with the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure performance as an ethical and effective in-house counsel of any company (including a SME).

T: +27 51 401 2451 | E: conradiem@ufs.ac.za OR admissions@ili-sace.org. General enquiries admin@ili-sace.org

CLOSING OF APPLICATIONS:  1 May 2021 (Apply as soon as possible.)

 

This short learning programme is aimed at empowering persons (prospective in-house counsel) with the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure performance as an ethical and effective in-house counsel of any company (including a SME).

 

Offered by

The University of the Free State (UFS) and the ILI – South African Centre for Excellence (ILI-SACE) have collaborated in academic areas of mutual interest to, amongst others, present academically high-quality and practice relevant short learning programmes.

 

Name of the programme

Becoming an In-House Counsel: A Lawyer’s Career Move. (Competency-based programme on an academic level 8.)

 

Intended audience

Private lawyers (especially practicing lawyers interested in a career move) and government lawyers, government parastatals transitioning to the international public sector, law graduates and law students as well as corporate secretaries, with potential interest in the In-House Counsel.

 

Programme coverage:

This short learning programme is aimed at empowering persons (prospective in-house counsel) with the necessary skills and knowledge required to ensure performance as an ethical and effective in-house counsel of any company (including a SME). Topics include: 

    • Introduction: The world of the in-house counsel.
    • The purpose and role of the in-house counsel department in private and public corporations.
    • The substantive law and hard skills involved.
    • The “client conundrum”.
    • How in-house counsel departments fit into the broader corporate culture.
    • The soft skills necessary to establish yourself as an in-house counsel.
    • Work-life balance and opportunities.
    • How to look for an in-house counsel job that is right for you.

 

Pricing:

R15 000 (ZAR)

 

Mode and dates of delivery

Eight sessions (5 – 7pm SAT / 11am – 1pm EST) on an online platform on the following dates:

Wednesday 5 May

Wednesday 19 May

Thursday 6 May

Thursday 20 May

Wednesday 12 May

Wednesday 26 May

Thursday 13 May

Thursday 27 May


The online delivery of the programme will include interactive online sessions, additional
electronic material and recordings of sessions.

 

Enquiries and application forms

conradiem@ufs.ac.za OR admissions@ili-sace.org. General enquiries admin@ili-sace.org

 

Closing of applications

1 May 2021 (Please note that a limited number of participants can be accommodated during each offering. Apply as soon as possible.)

 

Presenters

The programme will be presented by the following present and former in-house counsel:

Edward A. Ryan:  

(J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School. Former Executive Vice-President and Global General Counsel, Marriott International Inc.)

Jo Saxe Levy: 

(J.D. Harvard Law School. Vice-President and General Counsel Asia-Pacific and Japan, Intel Corporation.)

Josie Lyon:

(LL.B. Exeter University and Guildford College of Law. Solicitor – Hong Kong, England and Wales. Former Vice-President and Regional Counsel, Marriott International Inc. Former Director, Virgin Active South Africa.)

Gregg Brelsford:

(J.D. Harvard Law School. Former General Counsel Progexion, Far Cliffs Multimedia. Former Division Counsel, Agilent Technologies Inc. Former Deputy General Counsel, Objective Systems Integrators Inc.)

 

 

 

MODULE 1

Wednesday

(May 5th)

Course Overview and Introduction to Teachers.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Ed Ryan, Jo Levy, Josie Lyon, Gregg Brelsford  
In this module students will be introduced to the teachers of this course, their backgrounds and career histories. The four instructors will provide an overview of the course and its objectives.  

 

 

MODULE 2

 Thursday

(May 6th)

The Purpose and Role of the In-House Legal Department
in Private and Public Enterprises.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Jo Levy, Josie Lyon  
In this module students will explore the various reasons why private and public entities have in-house legal departments and the advantages for these entities in bringing their legal services inhouse (as opposed to using the services of external law firms).  

 

 

MODULE 3

Wednesday

(May 12th)

The Substantive Law and Hard Skills Involved in the Work of an In-house Counsel.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Josie Lyon, Ed Ryan
 
In this module students will learn the areas of law that in-house lawyers need to be familiar with and the industry and company knowledge that is required. Students will also study the practical application of the law, how the law and legal issues are presented to and interpreted for upper management in the organization, and how to deliver legal opinions to management.  

 

 

MODULE 4

Thursday

(May 13th)

The “Client” Conundrum; The Practical and Ethical Conflicts of Practicing Law In-House.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Jo Levy, Ed Ryan
 
In this module students will explore the issues that arise when determining who, in the corporate scheme of things, is your client. And we will explore the concept of “legal privilege” in the corporate context and the types of ethical conflicts that can arise in the day-to-day work of the in-house counsel.

 

 

 

MODULE 5

Wednesday

(May 19th)

How In-House Legal Departments Fit into the Broader Corporate Culture.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Josie Lyon, Ed Ryan  
In this module students will gain an understanding of how in-house legal counsel relate to their managers and peers and become part of the corporate team. Students will also gain an understanding of how to navigate the challenges and pitfalls of interaction with other departments and individuals inside the organization.  



MODULE 6

Thursday

(May 20th)

Establishing Yourself as an In-House Counsel – the Soft Skills; Integrity, Leadership, Professionalism and More.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Jo Levy, Josie Lyon  
In this module we will explore the so-called “soft skills” that are essential to the success of every in-house counsel. These skills often determine the extent to which in-house counsel is listened to when dealing with decision-makers in the corporate entity. And these skills set the foundation for the in-house counsel becoming a voice of reason and ethical standards and behavior in the corporation.  

 

 

MODULE 7

Wednesday

(May 26th)

Work-Life Balance as an In-House Counsel and Opportunities for Professional and Intellectual Growth and Development.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Josie Lyon, Ed Ryan  
In this module students will gain an understanding of how to balance work/home life and how to ensure a rewarding and stimulating career in terms of personal growth and development. We will explore how “in-house” life differs from a career in private practice, and how one can enhance their legal professional enjoyment through volunteer and pro-bono roles, as well as continuing legal education opportunities.  

 

 

MODULE 8

Thursday

(May 5th)

How to Seek Out an In-House Counsel Role That’s Right for You.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Josie Lyon, Ed Ryan  

Students will explore how to target and identify relevant organisations and industries when seeking an in-house counsel position -- that is, how to seek out an in-house role that fits your interests, strengths, and background. We will also examine how to determine how the in-house legal department is viewed in that organisation.


In addition, in this module we will explore how to identify an in-house legal department and role that will provide a fulfilling career for you --with opportunities for growth and advancement.

 

 

 

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