Law 798:  Corporate Counsel Seminar (Chicago)

The Corporate Counsel Seminar is designed to expose students to the role of general counsel in a corporation or limited liability company. Students will participate in a classroom seminar that will examine readings and case studies related to the role and responsibilities of corporate counsel.  It may include lectures by academics, corporate counsel, and business executives geared toward providing students with a better understanding of the challenges that face corporate counsel, as well as their tasks and responsibilities. Tentative topics include the Role of In-House Counsel, Shareholder Activism, Internal Investigations, Privileges and Confidentiality, Business Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Conflict of Interest policies, Litigation Freeze Letters, Document Holds, Document Retention Policies, Employment and Labor Law, Establishing credibility and reliability as in-house counsel, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Bribery.

This class will meet during Winter Break in Chicago on the following dates listed below:  

  • Thursday, January 3: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 4: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 7: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 8: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.*
  • Wednesday, January 9: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 10: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 11: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*This course will meet with the Compliance, Ethics, & Prof Responsibility course on Tuesday, January 8th.  Students may enroll in both courses.

Prerequisites and Sequencing: This course is open to all 3L students and there are no prerequisites for this course.  However, the seminar is a prerequisite for the Corporate Counsel - Field Placement course.  Students may enroll in the seminar and elect not to enroll in the Chicago field placement practicum . This course will meet with the Compliance, Ethics, & Prof Responsibility course on designated dates, students may enroll in both intersession courses.

Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on some combination of short (2 to 3 page) response papers/responses to study questions (due before each class), responses to training modules, presentations, individual class participation, and a final paper.

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