Corporate In-House Counsel Careers

  • An in-house counselor is employed by a business to work in-house on its legal matters. In-house attorneys typically focus on internal legal issues, human resource management issues, contract review, compliance, and other legal issues arising in a corporation. Larger companies typically have a large in-house counsel office that handles many, if not all, of the company’s legal issues. Smaller companies, however, may have only one in-house attorney who reviews legal issues but who ultimately outsources the work to a law firm.

    Landing an in-house attorney position immediately after graduation is rare, although in recent years, some companies have altered their policies toward hiring entry-level attorneys. Some companies prefer to hire experienced attorneys, most often employed by the law firms who handle the company’s legal work. Other companies prefer to hire entry-level attorneys in order to train them to handle the company’s specific matters.

    For students interested in corporate positions, several companies in the Columbus market hire law students for the summer. For example, the following employers have recruited or hired Capital students and graduates:

    • Nationwide 
    • NiSource Corporate Services Co.
    • Lexis Nexis
    • Marathon Petroleum Company
    • Honda
    • PNC


    Working in-house for the summer is a great way to gain experience, which may be a benefit in private practice or as a lateral hire for an in-house attorney position.