What does a Legal Counsel do?

Of counsels are lawyers who have an affiliation and working relationship with a law firm, but do not hold a staff title such as partner or associate. They provide legal advice and guidance, often focused in their particular area of legal specialization. They are often enlisted to provide legal expertise to a certain business division or department, or to advise executives and other stakeholders. They sometimes work as an independent contractor, often maintaining a part-time schedule or serving as an occasional consultant as needed. Payment structures vary by firm and may include equity or profit-based compensation.

Of counsels are attorneys who have a J.D. degree and must have a valid license to practice law in their state. They have extensive legal experience and often have specialized expertise. These roles require strong communication and client relations skills.

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Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Legal Counsel Salaries

Average Base Pay

$119,750 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $120K
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Citizens DisabilityCitizens Disability
Legal Associate
Dec. 5, 2019

“Interview was not intimidating and they were good at explaining what they want from you.”

Associate Counsel
Apr. 30, 2021

“Extremely slow career growth and the remuneration is not sufficient to sustain someone hungry for growth.”

In-House Counsel
Oct. 30, 2020

“It is an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in all of e”

Legal Counsel
Oct. 29, 2020

“The company is rapidly growing which invites a lot of potential to grow in your career.”

Cognizant Technology SolutionsCognizant Technology Solutions
Legal Counsel
Aug. 24, 2021

“Stable and good work life balance”

Inland Revenue Authority of SingaporeInland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Legal Counsel
Sep. 20, 2020

“Good for career development and nice place to work in.”

Morgan StanleyMorgan Stanley
Legal Counsel
Jan. 17, 2020

“Talented and smart people to work with.”

Autumn CompassAutumn Compass
Human Resources/EA/In-House Counsel
Aug. 21, 2019

“No one on the team really lets it get to them and I respect that very much.”

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