Course Details

In-House Counsel: Modern Corporations

Large in-house legal departments have only recently become a significant part of the legal landscape. The rise of in-house legal departments fundamentally changed the manner in which traditional law firms serve their clients. Yet few law firm attorneys have a deep understanding of the daily challenges and responsibilities of in-house attorneys. The course will provide students with insights into the role and responsibilities of in-house departments in public and private companies. Topics covered will include approaches utilized by in-house counsel to manage law firms; management of the corporate law department by General Counsel; the relationship between in-house counsel, senior executives and the board of directors; the role of in-house counsel in internal investigations and regulatory compliance; and management of litigation. The course will be co-taught by Tom Finke, a Northwestern JD/MBA graduate and a Managing Director at Axiom Law, and Mark Hacker, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and will include guest speakers from leading corporate law departments and law firms. Speakers in prior years include senior legal executives from Accenture, Allstate, Brunswick, Citadel, Illinois Tool Works, McDonalds, and United Airlines.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 664
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans Area


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: In-House Counsel: Modern Corporations
Faculty: Hacker, Mark
Finke, Thomas S.
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 27

Fall 2016
Title: In-House Counsel: Modern Corporations
Faculty: Hacker, Mark
Finke, Thomas S.
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 40

Fall 2015
Title: In-House Counsel: Modern Corporations
Faculty: Hacker, Mark
Finke, Thomas S.
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 40

Fall 2014
Title: In-House Counsel: Modern Corporations
Faculty: Hacker, Mark
Finke, Thomas S.
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 40