An associate in-house corporate attorney works with a specific company to see to all of its legal needs, including guiding clients in business transactions, claim liability, and on the advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations. Associate in-house attorneys/lawyers analyze and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations with probable case outcomes for their business and gather evidence to formulate a defense for the company or initiate legal actions against an outside defendant. The corporate attorney evaluates legal findings and develops strategies and arguments to present the company's side of the case. The job involves representing clients in court and before government agencies, and presenting and summarizing cases to judges and juries at trial. Associate attorneys/lawyers are responsible for participating in the juror selection process, for arguing motions, meeting with judges, and questioning or cross-examining witnesses in the course of a trial. Associate attorneys/lawyers should be prepared to meet with other lawyers in the interest of obtaining a favorable settlement outside of court.
Successful candidates for an in-house associate attorney/lawyer position have a high school diploma, followed by an undergraduate degree in legal studies, business, or a related field, and will have completed a Juris Doctorate program at an accredited law school with a focus in corporate law. In order to serve as an in-house corporate attorney, an applicant must also be licensed to practice law in the state in which the corporation operates and must be in good standing with the state's bar association. A few years of experience working at a law firm that handles corporate matters is a good foundation to prepare a lawyer to operate as in-house counsel.
Associate Attorney / Lawyer (Corporate, in-house) Tasks
- Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
- Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
- Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
- Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.