A bachelor’s degree in business law or pre-law studies is recommended in order to enrol in law school.
During undergraduate studies a person will need to display excellence in order to be accepted into a quality law school. Enrolling in courses that will help you enter law school and eventually become a chief legal officer is recommended.
These courses include: cyber law, international law, argumentation theory, public speaking, communication courses, communication law, symbolic logic, and an introductory course to legal practice. Apply for internships during your undergraduate coursework in order to get experience in the field.
During law school it is important to choose an area of legal focus. One recommendation for a person that is interested in becoming a legal officer is corporate law. Most law schools require a person to take courses in general law topics, but later on allow a person to focus more on their interests.
Courses that may help with future employment as a chief legal officer include intellectual property law, corporate governance, corporate finance, public company disclosure, corporate professional responsibility, and advanced corporate transactions.
The Chief Legal Officer is the head of the corporate legal department and is responsible for the legal affairs of the entire corporation.
This role includes providing legal counsel to the board of directors, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and other senior management.
CLOs must possess strong initiative, as well as excellent management and leadership skills and strong business acumen.
An LLB or equivalent and an applicable provincial license to practice law are required. The level of experience required for the position may vary, depending on company size.
What will you daily
Developing and leading corporate legal strategy to promote and protect the company's matters
Developing and leading internal audit and corporate compliance programs
Overseeing delivery of legal services and resources to accomplish corporate goals, strategies and priorities
Maintaining proper corporate interactions with the relevant local, provincial and federal governmental bodies, legislatures and the community at large
Advising the CEO and other senior corporate officers on a variety of issues
Participating in the formulation of general management policy as a member of the executive management team
Managing a team of corporate counsel and other members of the legal department
Ability to develop and deliver presentations
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a large corporate or centralized institutional legal office
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management
Ability to provide competent legal advice and counsel to senior university officials on a wide range of legal and policy issues
Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations which impact on all facets of university policy and operations
Ability to analyse and interpret issues and to prepare legal opinions
Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government
Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments
Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise
Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of legal professionals, paraprofessionals, and consultants
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
Knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research
Employee development and performance management skills
Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operate
Knowledge of contract law
Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques
Knowledge of the judicial system and procedures
Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements
Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions
Knowledge of community legal resources
Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures
Where will you work
The majority of chief legal officers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for federal, local, and state governments. Most work full time and many work more than 40 hours a week.
Chief Legal Officer (CLO) – Chief Compliance Officer, Chief IP Counsel, Head of Compliance, Head of Legal
Vice President Legal Affairs – General Counsel, Compliance Counsel, Legal Executive, Vice President Head of Privacy
Legal Director – Director of Legal Affairs, Legal Services Director, Regulatory Affairs Director
Pay scale for candidates appointed for the position of Law officer in government jobs in India is Rs. 15,600-39,100 plus a grade pay of Rs. 5,400 or they can also be appointed for a consolidated pay of Rs. 20,000 per month.