What does a Counsel do?
Of counsels are lawyers who have an affiliation and working relationship with a law firm, but do not hold a staff title such as partner or associate. They provide legal advice and guidance, often focused in their particular area of legal specialization. They are often enlisted to provide legal expertise to a certain business division or department, or to advise executives and other stakeholders. They sometimes work as an independent contractor, often maintaining a part-time schedule or serving as an occasional consultant as needed. Payment structures vary by firm and may include equity or profit-based compensation.
Of counsels are attorneys who have a J.D. degree and must have a valid license to practice law in their state. They have extensive legal experience and often have specialized expertise. These roles require strong communication and client relations skills.
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Counsel Career Path
Learn how to become a Counsel, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
“Extremely slow career growth and the remuneration is not sufficient to sustain someone hungry for growth.”
“It is an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in all of e”
“You get a lot of responsibility and the internship is a great place to start your career.”
“I thrive on the challenges and my manager is giving me good opportunities to learn.”
“This is growth opportunity and I recommend you make your own judgement if you have the opportunity to work here.”
“The company is rapidly growing which invites a lot of potential to grow in your career.”
“Good starter position right out of college to get feet wet but not good if you are looking to continue growth and advancement.”
“Stable and good work life balance”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a counsel
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