The school that took second place on the Go-To Law Schools list has its own set of opportunities for aspiring in-house counsel. The University of Chicago starts cultivating future business and legal luminaries early, during 1L orientation. The Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative, in partnership with University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, gives new students a head start with leadership and interpersonal skill building sessions, some of which have been taught by in-house leaders.
The law school offers not only a JD/MBA for students who see business practice in their future, but also an alternative certificate program for law students in the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program. This program allows students to add business courses to their three-year law school experience and do internships at major companies around the country. Another option for future GCs is participating in the school’s Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab, which allows students to use classroom time to work with legal departments on real world projects. The lab has partnered with big companies like Nike Inc. and United Airlines Inc., just to name a few.
Numerous speakers, including general counsel, come to the school each year to give their perspectives. In May, for instance, the law school will host a General Counsel Roundtable. So far, the speakers’ list includes Katherine Adams of Apple Inc. and Ted Ullyot, formerly of Facebook Inc.
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