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Working As An Assistant General Counsel

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $115,820

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant General Counsel Do

An Assistant General Counsel provides assistance to the office of the General Counsel. They assist in protecting an organization's legal interests and maintaining its operations according to the established law.

How To Become An Assistant General Counsel

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Education

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.

Licenses

Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 

Advancement

Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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164,657 Assistant General Counsel jobs

Senior Savings Network
North Charleston, SC
General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Vera Institute of Justice
New York, NY
Assistant General Counsel

$153,120 Estimated

Us LBM Holdings, LLC.
Sunrise, FL
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Robert Half
Atlanta, GA
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Community Health Network
Indianapolis, IN
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Rosen Materials
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Equifax
Atlanta, GA
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Zirmed
Louisville, KY
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

Randstad
Washington, DC
Executive Assistant to the General Counsel

$155,700 Estimated

State of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Assistant General Counsel for Privacy and Security

$115,820 Estimated

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Washington, DC
Assistant General Counsel, EM-0905-01

$155,700 Estimated

Posigen
Jefferson, LA
Assistant General Counsel for Leasing and Risk

$115,820 Estimated

Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA
General Counsel - Legal

$115,820 Estimated

State of Massachusetts
Stow, MA
Deputy General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

State of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Deputy General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

National Express
Lisle, IL
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

AIG
New York, NY
Assistant General Counsel

$153,120 Estimated

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Assistant General Counsel - Claims

$115,820 Estimated

PSC Industrial Services
Houston, TX
Assistant General Counsel

$115,820 Estimated

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Real Assistant General Counsel Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant General Counsel Soros Fund Management, LLC New York, NY Oct 11, 2010 $250,000
Assistant General Counsel-Attorney Chimera Investment Corporation New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $225,000
Assistant General Counsel (Attorney) Chimera Investment Corporation New York, NY Dec 28, 2015 $225,000
Assistant General Counsel Oz Management, LP New York, NY May 11, 2015 $225,000 -
$275,000
Associate Director, Assistant General Counsel CLS Bank International New York, NY Jan 15, 2013 $225,000
Assistant General Counsel Alternative Procurement Kiewit Corporation Omaha, NE Aug 15, 2016 $221,000
Assistant General Counsel Alternative Procurement Kiewit Corporation Omaha, NE Dec 19, 2016 $221,000
Assistant General Counsel International Swaps and Derivatives Assoc. Washington, DC Jan 02, 2015 $216,500
Assistant General Counsel S&P OPCO LLC New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $215,000 -
$225,000
Assistant General Counsel Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Apr 17, 2013 $210,000 -
$250,000
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Top Skills for An Assistant General Counsel

RegulatoryComplianceIntellectualPropertyHumanResourcesRealEstateCorporatePoliciesFinancialCorporateGovernanceDueDiligenceRiskManagementPrivacyBusinessUnitsLegalAdviceLegalIssuesLegalSupportLegalMattersLitigationMattersMergersAuditEmploymentLawJointVenture

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Top Assistant General Counsel Skills

  1. Regulatory Compliance
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Human Resources
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead and managed regulatory compliance with cross functional team.
  • Instituted a successful intellectual property protection and enforcement program.
  • Represented the OHSA, Construction and Human Resources Bureaus.
  • Managed 20 real estate appraisers and land surveyors who made up the real estate/assay department for mining divisions.
  • Advise, review, draft and aid division managers in the implementation of all corporate policies, procedures and programs.

Top Assistant General Counsel Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Assistant General Counsel

  1. Jpmorgan Chase
  2. Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  3. State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services
  4. Verizon Wireless
  5. Citigroup
  6. Aegon
  7. Hub International
  8. Board of Education of The City of Chicago
  9. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  10. Bank of America
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