Who would benefit from this program?
If you want to become proficient in the skills identified as critical to an in-house legal career
, this certification program is precisely what you need. It will help you position yourself as indispensable to the corporate client.
In-house counsel might have many different responsibilities and work in a variety of department settings. This program is carefully designed to provide value, whether your interest is to improve service to the corporate client or advance your career.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Eligible participants are licensed attorneys who either a) are currently employed as in-house counsel (no minimum experience required), or b) previously have been employed as in-house counsel (for a minimum of one year). Please note that attorneys currently employed at law firms are not eligible to participate in this program.
Eligibility is not tied to a specific country; participants may be licensed attorneys from any jurisdiction. Membership to the Association of Corporate Counsel is not required to participate in this program.
How can participants enroll?
To sign up for the program, visit our event registration page
. Please note that participation is subject to space availablity.
Are there any other countries where an ACC certification program will be offered?
While the inaugural class will be held in Dubai, the ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program is anticipated to launch in other major cities across the globe. Be sure to return to this website as updates are made available.
When will the program launch?
The inaugural class of the ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program will take place April 30 – May 3, 2018.
What is the duration of the program?
The program consists of 25 hours of in-person training, held over four days. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a two-hour final assessment.
Where will the program be held?
The inaugural class will be held at the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, Continuing Legal Professional Center. The address is:
Continuing Legal Professional Center
Al Hudaiba Awards Building
Block C, 8th Floor
United Arab Emirates
Which in-house counsel competencies will the program teach?
Participants will receive training across three competency areas: stakeholder relationships, law department management, and legal services.
Please visit the Education
section for more details on the program’s curriculum.
What is the language of instruction?
Instruction will take place in English.
Is there a final exam or assessment?
Participants will be evaluated through in-class exercises, and through a two-hour final assessment at the completion of the training.
What designation do participants receive upon completion?
Upon successful completion of the ACC In-house Certification Program, participants will earn the In-house Counsel Certified (ICC) designation.
Are there continuing education requirements for maintaining the designation?
The ICC designation is valid for one year from the month that a participant passes the program’s final assessment. After the first year, 14 hours of continuing legal professional development (CLPD) are required annually to maintain the ICC designation.
CLPD requirements will be distributed across the following areas:
- Stakeholder relationships, two hours
- Law department management, two hours
- Legal services, two hours
- Ethics, two hours
- Electives in substantive areas of law, six hours
To count towards maintenance of the ICC designation, CLPD hours must be earned through an approved training provider.
What are the program fees?
Tuition for the program is USD$2,500 for existing members of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), $3,000 for non-members, and $2,700 for those who elect complimentary ACC membership upon enrolling in the certification program.
Payment is due at the time a candidate applies for admission to the program. If a candidate subsequently is determined ineligible for the program, payment will be refunded.
Is there an annual maintenance fee for the In-house Counsel Certified (ICC) designation?
There is no annual maintenance fee for members of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For non-members, the annual maintenance fee is $300.