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From Lawyer to Business Partner:

Career Advancement in Corporate Law Departments

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Findings

INTRODUCTION

Methodology
Research Team

CAREER PATHS OF GENERAL COUNSEL

Point of Entry
Shared Features of the Career Paths of General Counsel
Reasons for Going In-House

FROM LAWYER TO BUSINESS PARTNER: THE KEY TO ADVANCING IN-HOUSE

Get to Know the Business
Act As A Business Partner
The Importance of Management
Communicate Like A Business Person
Develop Relationships with Leaders on the Business Side
The Importance of Mentors

FROM BUSINESS PARTNER TO LEADER: THE KEY TO BECOMING GENERAL COUNSEL

Take Risks
Take Credit
Take Stock

WORK/LIFE STRESSES AND STRATEGIES

Better Balance In-house? Yes and No
Support at Home: A Critical Ingredient
Work/Life Tradeoffs and Redefining Success

MCCA RECOMMENDATIONS ON LEVERAGING SUCCESS IN-HOUSE TO MAKE PROGRESS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Promoting Diversity In-House
Promoting Diversity in Law Firms
Key Findings
MCCA Recommendations for Developing Your In-house Career

APPENDIX

I. The Fortune 500 CEO Survey on General Counsel, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2000)
II. From the Expert’s Desk: General Counsel Reveal What It Takes to Ascend to a Fortune 500 Law Department

IN APPRECIATION

MCCA extends its appreciation to the following law firms for their financial contributions in support of the production of this research report. Their support has been critical to MCCA’s ability to produce and distribute this valuable career management resource. It is our hope that this information will empower the many in-house counsel who receive it to better manage their careers and achieve their professional objectives, particularly in-house women lawyers.

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP
LORD, BISSELL & BROOK
VINSON & ELKINS, L.L.P.

Copyright 2003 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be copied, reproduced, referenced without appropriate citation to MCCA, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including via the internet, without the written permission of MCCA.

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