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Working As An Associate 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

  • $155,700

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate General Counsel Do

An Associate General Counsel provides general corporate legal services and counsel. They report to the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

How To Become An Associate General Counsel

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


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.


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. 


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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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Greek

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  • Arabic

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Real Associate General Counsel Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate General Counsel-International Noble Energy, Inc. Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $261,640 -
Associate General Counsel Citibank, N.A. Miami, FL Jul 01, 2014 $240,000
Associate General Counsel-International Noble Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 25, 2013 $240,000
Associate General Counsel-International Noble Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 06, 2013 $240,000
Associate General Counsel, International Noble Energy Inc. Houston, TX Apr 16, 2015 $240,000
Associate General Counsel, Legal Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 12, 2016 $230,000
Associate General Counsel Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 08, 2016 $229,202
Associate General Counsel-Privacy/Product Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 09, 2016 $224,158
Associate General Counsel, Lead Product/Privacy Co Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 04, 2014 $220,000
Associate General Counsel Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $215,000
Associate General Counsel Interdigital Holdings, Inc. Wilmington, DE Sep 01, 2013 $215,000
Associate General Counsel CTF Development Inc. New York, NY Apr 14, 2014 $210,000
Associate General Counsel, Director Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Mar 29, 2013 $207,106 -
Associate General Counsel, Director Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Apr 14, 2011 $205,400 -
Associate General Counsel Worldquant, LLC Old Greenwich, CT Apr 15, 2015 $200,000
Director, Associate General Counsel Citibank, N.A Miami, FL Oct 15, 2014 $200,000
Associate General Counsel Recurrent Energy, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 01, 2010 $200,000
Associate General Counsel, Foreign Legal Affairs Bristow Group Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2013 $190,000
Vice President, Associate General Counsel GFK Custom Research, LLC New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $175,000
Associate General Counsel Imagination Technologies LLC Santa Clara, CA Aug 18, 2015 $175,000 -
Associate General Counsel Imagination Technologies LLC Santa Clara, CA Sep 18, 2016 $174,000
Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel Steadfast Financial LP New York, NY Apr 27, 2016 $167,565 -
Senior Associate General Counsel Sequa Corporation Orangeburg, NY Mar 22, 2015 $155,000
Associate General Counsel Tufts Medical Center Boston, MA Jul 01, 2013 $142,500
Associate General Counsel Association of Corporate Counsel Washington, DC Apr 15, 2012 $135,000
Associate General Counsel Association of Corporate Counsel Washington, DC Sep 01, 2012 $135,000 -
Associate General Counsel Association of Corporate Counsel Washington, DC Apr 04, 2012 $135,000

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Top Skills for An Associate General Counsel


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Top Associate General Counsel Skills

  1. Regulatory Compliance
  2. Intellectual Property Matters
  3. Real Estate
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Engage, advise and create controls to ensure regulatory compliance concerning marketing, products, imports and employment matters.
  • Managed all intellectual property matters including international portfolio of trademarks, copyrights and right of publicity.
  • Structured real estate transactions for developer of retail, office, and industrial properties.
  • Conduct human resources and compliance investigations.
  • Created and presented several education programs on software licensing, compliance, and general corporate policies.

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William Donohue, Associate General Counsel - Environmental, Health & Safety, Exelon June 18


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