S. Becoming A Trusted Advisor: The Role of the General Counsel in The Modern Multi-National Corporation

Course Information

Course Number
L8202
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Commercial Law and Transactions, Corporate Law and Transactions, Labor and Employment Law, Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility
Type
Seminar
Additional Attributes
New Course, Experiential Credit

Section 001 Information

Instructors

hilary_krane Hilary Krane Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law

Section Description

The course will explore how the modern General Counsel operates in the complex world of global business and delivers value to the enterprise on multiple axes. In today’s world the GC is expected to be a domain expert in the law, an effective manager of large and diverse teams, the guardian of the enterprise’s reputation and financial resources, a strategic business advisor and a key support to the CEO, senior managers and the Board of Directors. To do this effectively requires technical expertise, business curiosity and, most importantly, deep trust. Using actual corporate documents, case studies based on current events and secondary readings, the course will give students a view into each of these dimensions through lecture and class discussions. Limited special appearances by other senior executives who partner with GCs will provide students with important insights into the real world way the GC operates inside the enterprise. Evaluations will be based on three individual writing assignments (1 short; 2 medium) that will challenge students to focus on their audience and what type of communications are most effective for business clients and class participation. There will be non-graded team-based oral presentations. Final grade will be weighted (33% class participation; 67% written assignments). This course meets September 24-October 31. This course is made possible by the <a href="https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/reubenmarkinitiative">Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character</a>.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2019
Location
JGH 602
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
8:40 - 10:30 am
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the historical development of law and legal institutions
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in comparative law analysis of legal institutions and the law
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Additional Section for S. Becoming A Trusted Advisor: The Role of the General Counsel in The Modern Multi-National Corporation

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Spring 2020

Instructors

Location

JGH 807

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Points

1
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