The corporate counsel externship program allows students to develop some of the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as commercial and business lawyers by placing them in the corporate counsel offices of for-profit and nonprofit businesses in and around Detroit. These placements offer opportunities for students to encounter business clients and to experience the role of lawyers in such matters as mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, real estate transactions, securities laws and compliance with governmental regulation of business and industry, among others.
In this course, students will learn about substantive issues encountered in an in-house legal department and the ethical responsibilities of in-house counsel. Substantial class time is devoted to professional skills instruction on topics such as working with outside counsel, conflicts management, contract drafting and conducting internal investigations. Students will also participate in facilitated discussion, as well as analysis of and reflection on their fieldwork observations and experiences. Chief legal officers, general counsel and senior managing attorneys will guest lecture in some classes
In addition to the standard externship pre/co-requisite of Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession (LEX 6800) or equivalent, corporate counsel student externs must have successfully completed Corporations (LEX 7156).