CAS Inhouse Counsel

Certificate of Advanced Studies, Law Faculty of the University of Zurich, Europa Institut at the University of Zurich

Description: The Inhouse Counsel program provides a broad overview of what it means to effectively practice inhouse, with an emphasis on practical advice and tools that can be directly put to use. The program has been developed by senior inhouse counsel and is delivered by leading General Counsels to provide an interesting, entertaining and, ultimately, pragmatic course for new and experienced counsel alike. The participants will learn about legal strategy, compliance and risk management, corporate governance, contract drafting and review, litigation and dispute management, and other key legal topics. Other skills necessary to inhouse success, including personal and leader effectiveness, project management, and people management will also be addressed.

If you want to develop skills to advance your career, this is your chance to see all aspects of inhouse life from the perspective of the lawyers who run leading law departments and functions. Lawyers in private practice with corporate clients also have much to gain, because this course will help you better understand your clients' challenges, thought processes, and priorities.

Admission requirements: The participants have a Master’s degree as well as professional experience in the field. Exceptionally candidates with a Bachelor’s degree or a comparable qualification as well as specific professional experience can be accepted. The number of participants is limited.

Language of instruction: English

Teaching staff:  General Counsels and experienced Inhouse counsels of leading Swiss and global companies, including 3M, ABB, Dow Chemical, Google, Mettler-Toledo, Novartis, Sonova, UBS, Zurich Insurance, and many more.

Assessment: The assessment of the participants will be comprised of individual papers (3 papers per participant) and group presentations. The papers will be four pages long (including footnotes, font size 11, no table of contents, list of abbreviations or bibliography) and will have to be written throughout the course. Further details will be communicated to succesful applicants.

The program is scheduled to start in March 2017 and will be held on 16 half-days (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning) on 8 weekends. The following topics are covered in class [Click for PDF]:


Course program 2017 

The course is scheduled to start on the 10th of March 2017.

Application Deadline for 2017 ended.

For further information please check the detailed Program [2017].