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Spring 2023

5397 In-House Counsel Fundamentals - BOOTH,K- 23886

Professor(s): Kelly Booth (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Business and Commercial Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTH  Location: 200 

Course Outline: This course will give students insight into the complex function of in-house counsel and provide the basic tools needed to succeed in an in-house role. The course will focus on developing skills in risk management, negotiation, corporate communications, commercial contracts, compliance, ethics, and gaining the trust of your organization. Students will also see how basic legal principles regarding attorney-client privilege, contract formation, and corporate governance are used on an everyday basis. Course instruction will take students through their first year as in-house counsel at MiniPrivateCo and MegaPublicCo using case studies based on real-world examples. This course will benefit all students interested in a legal career advising businesses, whether it be as in-house or outside counsel.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.



First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

The required text is Lovett, Steven L. Corporate Counsel Guides: Practice Basics. American Bar Association, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61438-828-9.

There are also two optional books that can be found in blog form online (so no need to purchase the books unless they want to have them in book form):
Miller, Sterling L. Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel. American Bar Association, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-63425-792-3.
Miller, Sterling L. Ten More Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel. American Bar Association, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-64105-527-7.