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 participate in a future program, please visit the registration page
Where will the certification training program be offered?
The inaugural class took place April 30 – May 3, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As the certification program expands, training will be offered online and in other major destinations around the world.
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 participants who enroll in the certification program and elect complimentary ACC membership. Payment is due at the time a candidate applies for admission to the program.
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.