By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Conventional wisdom says attorneys who are looking to work in-house someday must first get a few years of private practice under their belt, as it affords them the business experience and knowledge required for in-house success.
But what if they can get some of that experience and knowledge during law school?
Law schools face a major challenge of preparing J.D. candidates for the broad spectrum of practice settings, from BigLaw to the public sector to corporate counsel practice. And as legal departments grow, so does the demand for positions within them, and legal education is responding with more curricula and programs to mold in-house-ready talent.
In-house practice can require a different set of tools than what a J.D. program traditionally provides; in general, that distinction is a greater breadth of knowledge, according to Erik Gerding, the University of Colorado Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs.