FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Legal Department Manager

This job has expired and is no longer available.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Working As A Legal Department Manager

  • 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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Legal Department Manager Do

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. 

Duties

Lawyers typically do the following:

  • Advise and represent clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters
  • Communicate with their clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case
  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of their clients
  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds

Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors.

As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal or civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in support of their client.

As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face. 

Lawyers often oversee the work of support staff, such as paralegals and legal assistants. 

Lawyers may have different titles and different duties, depending on where they work.

While working in a law firm, lawyers, sometimes called associates, perform legal work for individuals or businesses. Some attorneys who work at law firms, such as criminal law attorneys or defense attorneys, represent and defend the accused.

Attorneys also work for federal, state, and local governments. Prosecutors typically work for the government to file a lawsuit, or charge, against an individual or corporation accused of violating the law. Some may also work as public defense attorneys and represent individuals who could not afford to hire their own private attorney.

Others may work as government counsels for administrative bodies of government and executive or legislative branches. They write and interpret laws and regulations and set up procedures to enforce them. Government counsels also write legal reviews on agencies' decisions. They argue civil and criminal cases on behalf of the government.

Corporate counsels, also called in-house counsels, are lawyers who work for corporations. They advise a corporation's executives about legal issues related to the corporation's business activities. These issues may involve patents, government regulations, contracts with other companies, property interests, taxes, or collective-bargaining agreements with unions.

Legal aid lawyers work for private, nonprofit organizations that work to help disadvantaged people. They generally handle civil cases, such as those about leases, job discrimination, and wage disputes, rather than criminal cases.

In addition to working in different industries, lawyers often specialize in a particular area. The following are just some examples of the different types of lawyers that specialize in specific legal areas:

Environmental lawyers deal with issues and regulations that are related to the environment. They may represent advocacy groups, waste disposal companies, and government agencies to make sure they comply with the relevant laws.

Tax lawyers handle a variety of tax-related issues for individuals and corporations. Tax lawyers may help clients navigate complex tax regulations, so that they pay the appropriate tax on items such as income, profits, or property. For example, they may advise a corporation on how much tax it needs to pay from profits made in different states to comply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.

Intellectual property lawyers deal with the laws related to inventions, patents, trademarks, and creative works, such as music, books, and movies. An intellectual property lawyer may advise a client about whether it is okay to use published material in the client’s forthcoming book.

Family lawyers handle a variety of legal issues that pertain to the family. They may advise clients regarding divorce, child custody, and adoption proceedings.

Securities lawyers work on legal issues arising from the buying and selling of stocks, ensuring that all disclosure requirements are met. They may advise corporations that are interested in listing in the stock exchange through an initial public offering (IPO) or in buying shares in another corporation.

Litigation lawyers handle all lawsuits and disputes between parties. These could be disputes over contracts, personal injuries, or real estate and property. Litigation lawyers may specialize in a certain area, such as personal injury law, or may be a general lawyer for all types of disputes and lawsuits.

Some attorneys become teachers in law schools. For more information on law school professors, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Legal Department Manager

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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Legal Department Manager?

Send To A Friend

Legal Department Manager Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Legal Department Manager?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a Legal Department Manager?

Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
Show Salaries
$45,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$178,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Legal Department Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Legal Department Manager in the United States is $89,949 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $178,000.

Real Legal Department Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Manager of Legal Affairs Sapiens Americas Corporation New York, NY Oct 15, 2013 $150,494
Manager-Latin America Legal Affairs Iron Mountain Information Management, LLC Boston, MA Jan 01, 2014 $141,400
Manager-Latin America Legal Affairs Iron Mountain Information Management, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 01, 2014 $141,400
Manager-Latin American Legal Affairs Iron Mountain Information Management, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 19, 2014 $133,099 -
$150,000
Manager-Latin American Legal Affairs Iron Mountain Information Management, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 01, 2011 $125,403 -
$140,000
Legal Manager HK Capital Management LP Houston, TX Sep 11, 2015 $120,000
Legal Manager HK Capital Management LP Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $120,000
Legal Manager (Contracts) Valiantica, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $112,385
Manager, Legal Affairs American Express TRS Co., Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2015 $109,140
Manager, Legal Affairs American Express TRS Co., Inc. New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $109,140
Manager, Legal Affairs American Express TRS Co., Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $109,140
International Manager of Legal Affairs Sapiens Americas Corporation New York, NY Oct 15, 2010 $108,357
Legal Affairs Manager IHS International, LC Arlington, VA May 29, 2011 $108,000
Legal Manager Anpac Technology USA Co Ltd. Belmont, CA Sep 15, 2016 $101,171
Manager, Legal Affairs American Express Travel Related Services Company New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $99,600
Manager-Legal QBE Americas Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2013 $99,403 -
$117,500
Manager In Legal Affairs Nongshim America Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Sep 19, 2015 $95,500
Manager of Legal Affairs Kaneka North America LLC Pasadena, TX Oct 01, 2014 $94,500
Manager of Legal Affairs Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. Pasadena, TX Oct 01, 2014 $94,500
Legal Manager Shoes of Prey CA Mar 01, 2015 $85,000
Legal Affairs Manager Phoenix 3D, Inc. New York, NY Nov 14, 2011 $83,480
Manager, Legal Robert Walters Associates Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $81,494 -
$81,500
Legal Manager (Contracts) Ks Billing & Associates Inc. Richmond, NY Sep 15, 2016 $81,286
Legal Manager Mobile Financial Services Us, LLC Miami, FL Sep 20, 2013 $80,000
Manager of Legal Affairs Kaneka Texas Corporation Pasadena, TX Oct 01, 2011 $80,000
Legal Manager Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Sep 18, 2012 $80,000

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Legal Department Manager?

Have you worked as a Legal Department Manager? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Legal Department Manager.

Top Skills for A Legal Department Manager

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Legal Documents
  3. Counsel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated change management through project managers and individual business to assist with implementation to ensure compliance standards were met and enforced.
  • Drafted and arranged legal documents and correspondence and executed regulatory research on state lending restrictions.
  • Collaborated with outside counsel in litigated cases, and contested administrative proceedings.
  • Managed in-house legal department and nationwide outside counsel from lawsuit approval through execution for national collection agency, primarily medical bills.
  • Lead counsel for drafting and negotiating non-disclosure confidentiality agreements for the sale of products between the funds and financial institutions.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Legal Department Managers

  1. North Dakota
  2. Colorado
  3. Texas
  4. Illinois
  5. Tennessee
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Minnesota
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Georgia
  10. Alabama
  • (20 jobs)
  • (152 jobs)
  • (604 jobs)
  • (337 jobs)
  • (185 jobs)
  • (225 jobs)
  • (135 jobs)
  • (167 jobs)
  • (258 jobs)
  • (104 jobs)

Legal Department Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

30.0%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.5%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.6%

Chinese

12.5%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

9.4%

Portuguese

5.2%

Russian

4.2%

Japanese

3.1%

German

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Filipino

1.0%

Samoan

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%
Show More

Legal Department Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

New York University

6.7%

New York Law School

6.1%

University of Miami

6.1%

Georgetown University

5.5%

Brooklyn Law School

4.9%

University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Fordham University

4.3%

Suffolk University

4.3%

Western State University - College of Law

4.3%

Saint John's University - New York

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Southwestern Law School

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

Emory University

3.7%

American University

3.7%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

3.1%

Cornell University

3.1%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.1%

Hofstra University

3.1%
Show More
Majors

Law

34.7%

Business

17.0%

Legal Support Services

10.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

9.6%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Political Science

3.0%

English

2.3%

Legal Studies

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Communication

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Education

1.3%

Economics

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%

Nursing

0.8%

Real Estate

0.8%
Show More
Degrees

Doctorate

23.1%

Bachelors

23.0%

Masters

21.5%

Other

15.9%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate Working As a Legal Department Manager?

Are you working as a Legal Department Manager? Help us rate Legal Department Manager as a Career.

Top Legal Department Manager Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Legal Department Manager Employers

Legal Department Manager Videos

A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

A Day In The Life: Marketing Manager

A Day in the Life - HR Manager

Related To Your Recently Viewed Content