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ACC In-house Associate Program

Program Overview

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) In-house Associate Program was developed to provide opportunities for law school students from around the world to learn best practices, make meaningful connections between in-house professionals, and prepare them for leadership and excellence in the corporate and legal communities. The Program serves as an extension of ACC’s commitment to serve the diversified needs of corporate counsel through its effort to strengthen the capabilities of the next generation of in-house attorneys.

Associates in the Program work in the combined Office of General Counsel and Legal Resources Department. These dual core roles give Associates exposure to legal issues specific to the association, as well as those facing corporate counsel around the globe. Each Associate will work closely with ACC attorneys to support the legal operations of the organization and develop his/her own practice-area expertise, while providing high-quality service to ACC's 40,000+ members. Associates will also have the opportunity to build relationships with in-house counsel at local chapter events and through other networking opportunities.


  • Monitor and track Committee eGroups (online discussion platform) for trends on nascent practice-area topics/issues; respond to requests for information; identify discussions for development into substantive resources;
  • Research, author, and/or edit numerous ACC published resources;
  • Review and develop sample documents for in-house counsel use;
  • Support the Legal Resources and other departments, as required; and
  • Conduct legal research and advise/assist the OGC on a myriad of legal and compliance matters facing the Association.


The Program will provide Associates direct experience and an in-depth understanding of the following:

  • Numerous and various legal issues affecting in-house counsel, both domestically and on an international scale;
  • Trade association law;
  • Daily work of an in-house legal department;
  • Methods of conducting legal research and writing; and
  • Varying responsibilities and professional functions of corporate counsel.

Associates will also:

  • Publish at least one ACC resource per semester; together with our members and/or sponsor.
  • Interact directly with in-house counsel via the Committee monthly meetings and communications with Committee leadership;
  • Attend at least one ACC professional development and networking event* in the Washington Metro area per semester (*events are only open to ACC members and sponsors);
  • Participate on ACC Webcasts and Legal Quick Hits; and
  • Meet one-on-one once per semester with an ACC member in the practice area of Associate's choosing.

About ACC

ACC is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.

With more than 30,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in more than 75 countries, ACC connects its members to each other and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.

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